Understanding A Cat

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You're searching around, looking for the best cat food perhaps because you have a new kitten and want to provide her with the best. Or perhaps it's because you seem to have had a lot of illnesses with your past cats and are now wondering if the diet could be partly responsible.

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.

Well, let me tell you that categorically, without a shadow of doubt, diet is all important to anyone's health, including that of your cat.

Providing the best cat food will be the biggest step towards keeping your cat as healthy as possible.

But what is this?

Cats have spent a long time evolving to their present state. Many millions of years, in fact. Many tens of millions of years.

Over that time, they have perfectly adapted to the food that is available to them on a regular basis.

Whatever gives us the idea that we, as a species, can better that?

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.

Whilst advertising, with it's alluring pictures and fine words, may tell us 'science' has improved a cats diet, rest assured it hasn't. The advertising remains just that – pretty pictures and fine words, aimed at improving the health of the manufacturers bank balance rather than the health of your cat.

So let's go back to the earlier question – what is the best cat food?

There is not a shadow of doubt that the best cat food is that which is so close to a wild cat's diet as to be almost identical.

OK, I'm not asking you to go out and catch mice – your cat can do a better job of that than you can.

Let's look at a wild cat's diet. Cats kill their prey and eat it all immediately. They aren't opportunist eaters, like dogs, who are happy to eat carrion. So what does this tell us, about the qualities of the food?

  • it must be raw
  • it must be fresh
  • it must contain bones
  • it must include organ meat
  • it must be varied

That's quite a daunting list for someone new to the idea of not opening a box or can for your cat's dinner.

And there is a bit to learn to apply those principles.

But it is really easy, once you get to know the basics and how to apply them.

Your cat will think she's died and gone to heaven…

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).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:48 pm

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