Understanding Your Cat

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A domesticate kitten will be taught by their mother from an early age how to keep themselves in good order by showing them how to groom themselves. A kitten who is accustomed to being handled, stroked and has their coat of fur combed regularly will expect to have the same attention when they reach adulthood.

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.

Cat owners who groom their cat every day every day will establish a firm loving bond with their feline friend. A shorthaired cat has a tongue that is a natural brush for their fur, licking and preening themselves is part of their everyday routine. Running your fingers over your pet's body will help you to recognise any unwanted lumps or bumps that may need attention from your local vet.

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.

All cats should be given the correct age related cat food that aids cat nutrition. A pet diet with quality balanced food ingredients will soon see your cat indulging himself in a regular cleaning routine, clearing away unwanted dirt and food from his coat.

Cats also moult at least twice a year; it is at this time that a cat owner will need to pay attention to their cats pet diet, long hairs can become matted up with food and form hair balls in your cats throat, if a cat is not groomed a hairball could cause a cat to choke. It is important to note if your cat has a hairball he will seek grass, grass acts has an emetic, making them vomit to get rid of the blockages.

Top Tip: If you have no areas of lawn use a large flowerpot to grow grass from seed. At Hills Pets we recommend all a cat have a pet diet that provide carbohydrates for energy, proteins for strong bodily tissues, good fats that absorb and store essential vitamins, minerals to support a healthy immune and plenty of fresh water for maintaining overall health care.

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 — 5:42 pm

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