More Cat Care Information:
Living with a cat is a lot of fun. What is not fun is the cat hair, dander, and odor. An air cleaner can help minimize all of these, but only if it has the following 5 features.
|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.
Filter for Dander—These dead skin cells (known as dander are microscopic in size and cannot be seen without magnification. If you family, or friends are allergic, their bodies will react in about 60 seconds flat..
HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters are the best at removing particles like these. By definition this type of filter has to be able to remove particles that are .3 microns or larger in size.
The good thing about this technology is that it will remove any particle of this size whether it is cat-related or just a normal household particle. Some typical particles that it will remove include dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, bacteria and viruses that often attach to the bigger particles
Carbon Filtration—-Any cleaner that is to be effective at eliminating odors must be carbon-based. This type of filter is the industry leader when it comes to removing gaseous pollutants. A substantial amount (about 15 pounds) is necessary to insure a long filter life and to remove both cat-related as well as normal types of gases and odors that result from daily living.
|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.|
Additive for Urine—Accidents happen, and when they do it's nice to have a purifier that has your back. Urine odor can be incredibly tough to get rid of, particularly if it's difficult or impossible to get to the scene of the crime.
Since ammonia is the part of it that is the most offensive, it only makes sense that the additive should be able to facilitate the carbon's ability to get it out of the air. Even though you may not be having problems now, it's a good idea to have this feature as an ace up your sleeve.
24 Hour Operation—Your feline friend produces dander and sheds some hair 24 hours a day. In order to limit the amount that goes into your air, you need your cleaner to remove these pollutants as fast as they go into the air. This continual removal will keep the air from becoming thick with particles and possibly causing heath problems, for your family, friends, and you.
Low Maintenance—Cats can be demanding, and they won't be pleased if you spend all your time managing the purifier.. A low maintenance filter will meet with your cat's approval and yours too..
Avoid those units that require frequent filter changes (every 3 to 6 months), washing, spraying, or charging the filter. Every time you perform maintenance is time that the air is not being cleaned. Buying replacement filters will increase your cost to operate the cleaner..
Instead choose a unit that has a filter that can last for years (3 to 5), and carries a warranty if it does not last for that amount of time.
A cleaner with this 5 features is sure to be effective, and make for a purr-fect cleaner for you, your family, and your cat.
|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).|