How To Properly Take Care Of A Cat

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Your cat has a natural instinct to scratch on a wide range of surfaces. This calls for placing a good scratching post in your home. There are different types of cat trees to choose from. If you scour the market, you would find at least a dozen type of scratching posts available. This can be a difficult situation when you want to get the best possible post for your pet. The following 3 factors are going to be quite helpful in finding the ideal post for your little friend.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

The first factor to consider is Texture. In most cases, your cat would have a special liking for a specific type of surface. If your pet has a liking for scratching your furniture, then you should understand that it likes wooden surface. This calls for buying a wooden kitforcats post. However, if it has a liking for scratching and tearing off the fabric in your home, then a post covered in sisal would be your best option.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

A sisal scratching post is made from sisal rope that is wrapped around the post. You can also find carpet-made cat trees, but it is best not to bring this type of posts home because the material can trap your pet's claws. In most cases, sisal is most preferred because it has the toughness almost similar to wood and the texture of a fabric.

The second factor to be considered when buying kitforcats scratching post for your cat is durability. You must know that your cat wouldn't scratch anything that is not durable. Based upon the size of your pet, you would also have to fix the scratching post onto something or add some extra weight onto the base so as to prevent it from tipping over.

The third factor to be considered when choosing cat trees is the length of the post. You don't want to give a shorter post that would be a nuisance to your cat rather than being a relief. Make sure to get a scratching post that is minimum 2 feet in length. This would enable your cat to make a full stretch without any issues. Keep these three points in mind and you would be able to get a good post for your kitty.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:39 pm

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