More Cat Care Information:
Can cats eat fruit? The short answer to that question is yes. This may come as a surprise to you because you probably know that cats are big meat and fish eaters. After all, you will not find a fruit-flavored cat food in the market. You probably know as well that cats are not able to taste sweetness. So why would they eat fruit since most fruits are sweet. But even though they are fond of meat and seafood and they cannot taste food that are sweet, they also like the occasional fruity treat. But before you just give them any fruit, you should know that there are certain fruits that can be toxic to cats especially if they are consumed in excess.
|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.
So why do cats eat fruits?
There are many reasons why cats eat fruit. The simplest explanations that they are hungry and sometimes fruits are the only food available. This specially true with pets in the wild such as the bigger cousins of the domesticated cats like lions and tigers. The habit of these wild cats have been passed on to the smaller breeds that we commonly see in the city and in the neighborhood. So you can say that cats eat fruits out of hereditary preseason. Some experts will say some cats actually like the taste of fruits. This is especially true with fruits that are flavorful and not just sweet.
|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.|
Consult your cat's vet
If you are not sure what fruits to avoid when it comes to feeding your pet, then the best thing that you can do is to consult your cat's veterinarian. You should always seek expert advice instead of just relying on the opinions of friends and other pet owners even though they are well-meaning. Another things that you should be aware of is that not all pets are the same. Not all of them have the same dietary requirements. Therefore, you should also be observant. If you think a certain kind of fruits does not suit well with your cat, then you should stop giving him that fruit.
If there is one kind of fruit that you should not give your cats it is grapes. It is not clear why grapes are toxic to cats. More studies need to be done. You should also avoid products that are made from grapes such as raisins. Grapes can be deadly to cats. They may not die immediately after consumption since the effect of grapes is cumulative. This means that the toxins get stored in their bodies until such a time that their systems will be overloaded already. So you should avoid giving grapes to your cat at all costs. You should also be careful not to have grapes lying around where your cat can easily eat them.
Apart from grapes, you should also avoid giving persimmons to your cats because they can be just as deadly as grapes. You should also avoid giving your cats acidic fruits because it can give them an upset stomach.
|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).|