More Cat Care Information:
When people get a kitten for their homes, there are many issues they have to bear in mind. For example, they must ensure they provide the right sort of cat nutrition for it. However, another crucial point is to make sure the little creature does not go missing.
|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.
Recently, one young kitten who ended up in trouble after venturing from its carers had to be rescued from six feet under the ground in the US, 7Online WSVN-TV reports.
The feline was trapped at the bottom of a light pole in a car park. Firefighters rushed to the scene to help her. One of those involved in the mission was Gina Hudson from the Miramar Fire Rescue division.
During the rescue, she remarked: “[The call] came in as a cat stuck in a drain. We got here and determined it wasn't a drain. The kitten was actually stuck in a light pole in a parking lot. She's about five to six feet down into the ground.”
|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.|
With the help of a specialist vehicle, the top of the light pole was removed so that people could access the hollow area where the frightened creature was. Ms Hudson pointed out that the task to retrieve the cat was not easy as she retreated further down the base of the pole each time she tried to get hold of her.
She went on to note that she has been involved in animal rescues before. The firefighter stated: “I'm always on duty when there's an animal stuck. It's my luck. It's my calling.”
Previous adventures have seen her recover creatures from drains, walls and attics.
The future of the kitten now lies with Ms Hudson's seven-year-old daughter, who wants to look after her. The family will have to ensure the correct cat nutrition is provided for the pet if she is to grow to her full potential and enjoy good health.
|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).|