More Cat Care Information:
Most cats do not require too many instructions and guidance. Yes, cat health and cat care is important and you cannot escape this responsibility. Some behaviors are good to teach since they are good for cat health and safety. Training a kitten at any time is easy because only 10 to 20 percent of cats need a more intensive approach.
|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.
Most of the people who have cat pets know that kitty is a savvy trainer himself.
Cardinal rules of training a kitten:
Incentives work better when you train than deterrents. Use your pets' natural preferences to induce him to reach the desired goal. Do not restrict but accommodate.
The primary factor is the relationship of trust that you have with your cat. Do not let it be impaired. Training sessions ideally make the human feline relation stronger.
Consult your veterinarian to know the causes of any behavioral problem.
Toilet training for cat:
Start by moving the cat's present litter box from wherever it is to the toilet. Make sure he knows where it is put. Heighten the litter box by putting a stack of newspaper or cardboard box. Get the level of the litter box to the height of the toilet seat. Your cat will step into the box and then begin to jump until he jumps on to the toilet seat. Keep the lid up and the seat down. So your cat is comfortable to tromp on the open toilet.
|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.|
Using a Cat Flaps or Cat Door:
It is not a very good idea for your cat to roam around in the neighborhood. You can use a cat flap or a door to restrict your cat from moving in the neighborhood.
Cat walking on a lead:
Train your cat to walk with a leash. The leash should be light weight and comfortable. Leave the leash near the kitty's sleeping place to let him get accustomed to its appearance. Wait till the lunch time and put the harness around. Immediately praise him and feed him with his favorite food. Let him wear the harness for a while. If it bothers him, distract him by playing with his favorite toy. When he gets accustomed to the harness remove it. Every time you feed him repeat this activity. Next, attach the leash to the harness. Let your cat move around the house with it. Praise him for being a good cat, and repeat this till he accepts the leash. Now pick the end of the leash and make him habituated to you holding it. Do not pull the leash, talk to him and guide him. This should appear to be a pleasurable activity, not a forced e one.
Teach the cat to learn its name by calling out its name when you play with him. Cajole him or treat him with his favorite food when he responds to you. Get to know your cat and use its name regularly and then he will respond when you call his name and wait for the treat.
|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).|