More Cat Care Information:
There are some plant foods that were found to be toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. Hence you want to be familiar with what to avoid as well as prevent access to. If you are not sure if cats can eat fruits, you can check with your vet to ensure your planned treats will not be harmful to your pet. Keep in mind also that cats are carnivorous. They can be very picky about what they eat and are also incapable of digesting certain types of foods.
|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.
There are some healthy treats that can go well with most pets. They include apples with their cores removed, strawberries, blueberries, frozen bananas, watermelon without the seeds, carrots, both raw and cooked, green beans, sweet potatoes, lettuce, spinach, squash and catnip or cat grass.
While dogs enjoy the delicious sweet taste of fruits, cats cannot actually taste sweet foods. They actually do not appreciate some fruits no matter how sweet they taste. In fact, some cats do not eat any fruit at all.
|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.|
Some of the types of human foods that you should never give your cat include grapes and raisins. They contain chemical compounds that can be very toxic to cats and even dogs. They also should not have avocado and fruits with pits like cherries, peaches and plums. That is because the pit can be sometimes toxic or can present a choking hazard to cats. You should also not allow your cat to eat foods with garlic and onions. These spices have chemical properties that are not only toxic but can be potentially life-threatening to both cats and dogs. Tomatoes are a big no-no too. Mushrooms, specifically wild mushrooms should never be given to cats. Nuts can also be toxic to cats especially macadamia nuts.
There are some great ways to feed healthy and safe treats for your cat. The foods should be steamed or baked, sliced up in small pieces and given only in small amounts at a time. This can prevent choking as well as carbohydrate and calorie overload. You can serve fruits and vegetables by themselves or puree them and mix with the food you prepared and give at meal times.
Replacing the high-fat, dense packaged treats of your cat with healthy treats such as fruits and vegetables is one of the most beneficial and favorable things you can do for your pet. Over time, the health and immune system of your cat will become stronger, again won't be as severe as you expect it and her weight will stay steady. If ever weight is already an issue, you can see the weight of your pet becoming more manageable by sticking to it and including moderate exercise.
A small change in the diet of your pet should be accompanied by careful observance of any issue that may arise in response to such change. If your cat is starting to show some behavioral or digestive changes, stop giving the new foodstuff and ask your vet about what you can do in case the problem stays in the absence of the food added.
|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).|