More Cat Care Information:
All living things with eyes have the potential to have problems with their eyes. Cat's eyes are slightly unique when compared to other animal's eyes. Combined with the fact that they rely on their eyesight more than some other pets, it is very important to notice if your pet cat is having problems with those eyes.
|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.
You may be able to notice your cat having problems with it's eyes if they eyes water a lot or if they blink, squint, or try to scratch at their eye often.
They eyes of cats have and extra eyelid. This eyelid is very important and if you can see this second eyelid you can assume that your pet is having problems with that eye.
To examine your cat's eye yourself you will want to try and keep him or her calm and use a somewhat bright light to get a good look into the eye. Compare the eye in question to the other eye and see if there are differences in the color or size. You can do a simple vision test by covering one eye and moving your finger towards the other several times. This should illicit a blink if the eye is working properly. Be aware of cloudy or hazy eyes. If you have difficulty holding your cat or if he is frightened you can try getting a pillow case or a small blanket and wrap it firmly around him and pin it around his neck. Don't squeeze your cat too hard if he is trying to get away during your examination. This could make the situation worse.
|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 eye is painful to the touch or especially sensitive to light you can stop there and take your friend to a veterinarian. With further examination you may be able to get some answers with a phone call to your vet depending on your veterinarians approach to phone calls. Take note of any discharge around the eye including the texture and color. If the eye looks cloudy it could be an inner eye problem. Pink eye has symptoms of redness in the eye and a sticky discharge of mucus.
There is also the possibility that your cat simply has a piece of something or a small object lodged in his eye. If you can see something you may be able to remove it yourself but take extreme caution in doing so. If you see something that has pierced the eye or eyelid or has caused severe agitation around it you should probably seek the help of a veterinarian. The last thing we want to do is make an injury worse by trying to fix it ourselves.
Cats can have eye problems just like we can. Do a short examination to see if you can locate the problem. If you are ever in doubt contact your veterinarian for assistance.
|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).|