More Cat Care Information:

When selecting a crate size it is extremely important that it be the proper size. It is not a difficult task to determine the proper size of your dogs new home. You should always select the size that your dog will require as an adult, your local pet shop can assist you in making this selection.

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.

Your puppy should be crated each and every time you leave him by himself in the home. This is for his safety as well as for your mental well being. All puppies are chewers and they do not typically exercise good judgment in deciding what they should or should not chew on.

Puppy's can't tell the difference between a proper chew toy and the lamp cords or telephone wires. Chewing into an electrical wire can be fatal for your dog as well as start a fire in the home.

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.

If the dog stays n his crate while your away, you prevent him from harming himself and maybe burning down the house.

An uncrated puppy can find all kinds of mischief to get into in an uncharted house.

If your new puppy chews on the leg of your dining room table while you're gone, you will probably get angry with him when you return. Your dog will than make the association that your returning home means he will get punished. (He will not recall carving up your furniture and will not associate your anger with that)

The crate will also provide privacy and a barrier between your puppy and other distractions. For example, you can feed your puppy in his crate if you have small children, thus allowing him to eat in peace and unbothered.

A crate will provide a place of safety and comfort to your puppy and is a valuable part of his training.

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).
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