More Cat Care Information:
Recently when we went to visit a friend, she appeared to be quite crest-fallen. Her cat had been acting strange for some time. The poor kitty was scratching like crazy and biting its fur frantically. So much so that inflamed, irritated and infected skin was beginning to appear at certain places. What my friend did not know was that her cat was suffering from cat flea allergy and she had a flea infestation to deal with.
|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.
Flea Dermatitis or commonly known as flea allergy happens to be one of the most common reason why people take their cats to a vet. It is basically caused by the flea bites as bugs inject their saliva in the skin of the pet to prevent blood from coagulating while they feed on the blood of the host.
Not all cats get afflicted with dermatitis after a flea bite. In fact, most cats would only feel minor irritation and an urge to scratch. However, if a cat that is allergic to flea saliva and it bitten by even a single flea can have a severe itch reaction. It's not uncommon for such allergic reaction to last several days and weeks causing much discomfort and pain to the cat.
|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.|
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. The best way to avoid dermatitis is to make sure that your cat remains free from fleas and ticks. There can be no flea bite if there are no fleas!
Flea control is absolutely necessary for the health and well-being of your cat. But it is important to choose the flea treatment product very carefully otherwise it can put the life of your cat in jeopardy. It's advisable to opt for a reputable brand like Hartz when going for a flea control treatment. There are numerous Hartz flea & tick control products ranging from shampoos and drops that are used on the pet itself to the sprays and powders that keep the surroundings free from these little buggers. If you treat the cat but ignore the living space your cat will be infected again in no time.
If the cat is already infected and is suffering from dermatitis then it's important to keep the skin clean to prevent secondary infection. Aloe Vera in Hartz Flea & Tick shampoo soothes the skin irritation along with killing fleas in all stages of its life-cycle.
Hartz is a premium brand of pet care products which has been catering to pets includes dogs, cats, parrots, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits etc. for over 80 years. Hartz flea & tick control treatments happens to be amongst the most popular creations of this 1,500 products strong Company.
|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).|