More Cat Care Information:
Your cat might be getting older, but that doesn't mean you can't find insurance for your cat. Yes it's true that many pet insurance companies aren't interested in insuring older cats, but thankfully there are some, that are! Thankfully! And the best thing is, these companies come well recommended and won't cost the world either.
|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.
So now that you know that are quite a few decent pet insurance companies out there, and ones that are happy to insurance aging cats, it's time to think about what to look for in a policy.
Cheap isn't always good, as when it comes to insurance it can – but not always – mean that some things are left out. However, cheap – or reasonably priced – with all the essentials included is fantastic!
|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 of the most common things to look out for when searching for a cat insurance policy – or just about any pet insurance policy – are the following:
* Vet Bills
*Advertising & Reward (should your furball go missing, the costs of finding it again are covered)
*Liability (Just in case it goes on a rampage)
*Emergency Boarding (should you have to go into hospital, your cat could be put up in a pet friendly hotel)
So that's what to look for. Now how much should you expect to pay? According to compareaholic's overview of older cat insurance policies, senior cat insurance in the UK starts from just under £8 per month and goes up to four or five times that.
As mentioned before, cheapest isn't necessarily best but neither is the most expensive either. There are plenty of discounted pet insurance policies which provide suitable cover at low prices.
|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).|