More Cat Care Information:
Ever hear the saying “curiosity killed the cat”? Cat enclosures for outdoors let kitty satisfy her curiosity in safety. We kitties are curious and want to explore the world around us and the call of the great outdoors is a lot to resist sometimes.
|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 world outside is full of peril. There are dogs that chase us and mean neighborhood kids who torment us. Depending on where you live there may be other wild animals like raccoons or coyotes who would think a defenseless kitty a tasty morsel. Then there are cars, smelly ugly things that can crush a kitty flat in the time it takes to purr. Scary stuff.
We do like to get out and about and have a closer look at the backyard or just get a breath of fresh air and sniff all those enticing scents. Without a safe way to explore, kitties can be susceptible to all those dangers as well as being frightened and running off to what we think is safety only to find ourselves lost and homeless. We've all heard the rumors about what happens to homeless cats. No more tuna, catnip or soft laps. They have to fend for themselves and scrounge for food and safety.
|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.|
What's a human to do to let kitty satisfy her curiosity without becoming buzzard bait? Outside cat enclosures are a great solution. They are made specifically for cats, not just a dog kennel retrofitted for size. Cat enclosures are fully enclosed so we stay in and the scary world stays out while letting us enjoy the fresh air and some birdwatching.
Our kitty enclosure has a mesh tunnel that hooks right up to a cat door in a window. We can come and go as we please to our larger outdoor cat pen. It is teepee shaped and has several platforms at different heights so we can keep an eye on the world from various perches. Its really great to get outside and indulge in birdwatching and dog tormenting. Silly beast can't get to us in our snug teepee and we can tease her to our heart's desire.
If you want to let your kitty get outside and satisfy some of her curious kitty instincts outdoor cat pens are a great way to do it. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like ours, can be set up as permanent structures for us to explore at will. Others are free-standing that you can set up in a quiet corner of the yard. Others are expandable, adding more tunnels and teepees to make them bigger and more elaborate. Some are strictly portable, small and easily moved that are perfect for an afternoon nap on the deck or apartment balcony. Whatever kind you're looking for, you're sure to find just what you need so curiosity doesn't kill your cat.
|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).|