More Cat Care Information:
A responsible cat owner should ask the types of foods their cat can and cannot have. Cats are carnivores and survive on meat so if you are asking can cats eat fruit it is not surprising to know that they do not have much interest on fruits as other animals do.
|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.
Domestic cats just like wild cats are carnivores. They appreciate it when they are given meat dishes. They do not eat vegetables although some cats may show interest on certain types of vegetables. Before giving your cat any fruit to create a diversion of their usual meat diet, it is ideal to see and talk to your vet if your cat can have fruit. Some fruits are fine for cats but there are also some which can be toxic to their system. Your vet can tell you the kinds of fruits that your cat can safely eat and those you should avoid at all cost.
Cats can eat fruits except grapes and persimmons because they are toxic and can kill your cat. Do not also give them acidic fruits such as oranges, lime or lemons which can irritate your cat's tummy. You do not want to compromise the health of your cat just because you want them to try something new aside from what they are regularly eating so you should never attempt giving them any fruit especially without consulting your vet first.
|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.|
Some vets may recommend you to not give any fruit or vegetables. Cats can survive on meat alone and gets most of the nutrients they need from it. If you have decided to give them ready to eat meals such as those you can find in the supermarket, make sure the brand you want to choose manufactures cat food using the finest and the best ingredients. Dry food online diet is not ideal for cats. It would be smart to add canned food to their diet as well. Opt for a healthier meat based cat food that has little to no amount of grain.
Some cats may show some interests in fruits and vegetables. There is nothing wrong about giving your cat some fruits as long as it won't harm them. Be extra careful in giving fruits especially apples because it can easily choke your cat. Ideally, serve it sliced in sizes that your cat is able to chew or swallow.
Fruits may be delicious and nutritious but not all the nutrients present in it are important or necessary in your cat's diet. So even if your cat is showing some interests in the fruit you eat, resist the temptation of sharing it to them if you do not want them to suffer from any health problem that may be brought about by consumption of fruit. As a treat, give your cat some dry foods or let her enjoy their favorite meat dish as a reward for their good behavior.
|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).|