More Cat Care Information:
If you have ever owned more than one cat then you would certainly agree with the fact that not all cats are created equal. Just as with dogs and other pets the looks and personalities of different cats will vary depending on the breed. If you are considering what type of cat you would like to bring into your home, then it is important to consider the different cat breeds and their personalities.
|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.
The Abyssinian cat is very social and easy to groom. Their personalities will come out most effectively in homes where there is a great deal of social activity going on. This can be via human companionship or companionship with other cats and animals. This type of breed is extremely fun loving and as such is always looking to play around with its owners.
How about the Bengal cat? The Bengal cat will show off all of the signs of a domestic cat while harboring some of its more intrinsic wild traits as well. These types of cats are certainly very vocal and will never hesitate to tell you when they think something is wrong or when they are not happy with something you are doing. They have a great deal of energy and continually explore their surroundings. The term 'curiosity killed the cat' was never more appropriate than with the Bengal cat.
|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 you have children or you have a dog then the Pixie-Bob cat is certainly a good option. This breed of cat is considered to be one of the most intelligent and they really do love spending time with their owners. They will generally get along extremely well with all members of any household, including children and dogs.
If any owner is looking for a cat that is going to curl up on their lap and snuggle with them then they may want to consider the Munchkin. This type of breed tends to be a bit more affectionate than some of the others, and will certainly make a wonderful companion. Again, they will do well with other animals in the home so if you have some four-legged canine friends with you then there shouldn't be too many sparks flying.
All in all it is very important for you to consider exactly what you want in a cat before you find a suitable breeder. Along with these there are plenty of other breeds that you could choose from.
|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).|