More Cat Care Information:
If you are considering bringing a kitten into your home or recently have, you will want to make sure that your house is kitten-proof. All kittens will be curious about their new environment and will go exploring and search out new ways to make trouble. Kitten-proofing your home will ensure a safe environment for your new pet.
|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.
One of the first basic things to do to kitten-proof your home is to get used to shutting cupboard doors and all drawers after use. A kitten can get into a very small space and there are many things in a typical home that would be dangerous for a feline. There are many chemicals in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room that kittens need to be kept away from. Kittens can also get in somewhere and fall asleep and end up trapped with they wake up. It's also a good idea to keep them away from your food and tableware for everyone's 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.|
Always be aware of a kitten crawling under a recliner or rocking chair. The reclining mechanisms and weight of a rocking chair can crush a kitten very easily. Some kittens will crawl under loose cushions, pillows, or blankets. Be cautious when sitting down or getting into bed until you get to know where your kitty likes to spend time.
Hanging electrical chords can also be tempting for kittens. They can dig their claws into the chords to try to climb them or chew on them out of boredom or curiosity.
A good way to combat a kitten's boredom and curiosity is to provide toys for it to play with and safe places for it to explore. Cat toys come in many shapes and sizes. Kitten toys can even be things you may already have around the house. It can be a blast to watch a kitten playing with a small ball or feather. Yarn is also a popular play to for kittens.
The best way to make sure your new kitten is safe is to give him or her a safe environment to live and play in. Kitten-proof you home and provide kitten toys and you and your pet can enjoy one others company for years to come.
|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).|