More Cat Care Information:
Cats love to catch mice; they are natural hunters. However some of our domesticated cats are not so eager to go outdoors. The reason is they know that a meal is given to them on a daily basis.
|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.
Cats are natural hunters and enjoy the thrill of stalking their prey. It may not be that your pet is hungry; he or she will be following a natural instinct similar to the larger cats that live in the wild.
Some cat owners prefer to alert birds and mice out in the field by fitting a cat collar with an attached bell. However, a cat that is running and jumping about is less likely to be overweight.
Most cats that are natural hunters will bring home their prey as a present for their owner, a gift to say thank you for looking after them. Of course you might not enjoy looking at your gift but praise is required.
|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.|
Remember to wear a pair of rubber gloves to remove your 'gift', dispose them carefully or your pet will think you are collecting his trophies and will bring you some more.
Cats should be out doors. Some cats do not hunt for food, but running and climbing trees is good exercise, and in the warmer weather seeing a cat sunbathing is a wonderful sight.
A young kitten tends to grow quickly, so essential amino acids are needed with a degree of good fats and plenty of vitamins to support his immune system are essential to complement his exercise.
Adult cats will also need a quality diet of the best ingredients with different proportions of vitamins and minerals, and portions sizes to be adjusted accordingly.
At Hills Pets we have our Science Plan pet food available for cats, and each of our products have guidelines on the portions size for your pet which are aimed at keeping your pet in good health.
|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).|