More Cat Care Information:
Cats have a natural behavior of regularly hooking their front claws into a surface and scratching it. There are many reasons they do so as a natural instinct. It helps in sharpening their claws, exercising their legs and even as a gesture of marking their territory. This action also helps in removing their old nails and they also do it as a form of playing. A cat scratching post is an ideal material to give to your cat to keep other things in your home safe. Without this post, there is a good chance that your cat can scratch and damage the furniture, furnishings and curtains. There are small cat trees that can also be used as a great scratching material.
|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 commonly used cat scratching post has a wooden central post that is enveloped using some rough and sturdy fabric. This post is vertically mounted onto a base where the cat can stand and stretch itself upwards on the rear legs. The wide base ensures that the cat doesn't tip over when it engages in this action, which is perhaps a sweet experience for it. the type of material used on the post can vary. The material should be something that doesn't match with the upholstery or carpet in your 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.|
You may even find that it is required to experiment with different types of cat trees n order to find the most suitable surface for your cat to scratch. Corrugated cardboard or sisal surfaces are considered to be the ideal surfaces preferred by cats. Some of the posts have elaborate designs as they can have platforms for the cat to climb and small caves so that it can rest. A cat tree is called so because it usually tall so that the cat can climb and scratch it. These posts can also have an extension rod attached to the ceiling to ensure stability.
A large cat scratching post gives your cat sufficient space for climbing, playing and even sprawling. Since, behavior varies from one cat to another, make sure that you check different options to find with would work best for your pet. A small scratching surface can even be made from turning the carpet upside down. It can be a woven pad of sisal having a loop so that it can be hung around. Once you have chosen the right scratching post, it is also important to train your pet to use it for scratching.
|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).|