More Cat Care Information:
Have you recently adopted a Tortoiseshell, Tabby or Siamese Cat? Congratulations! These are three terrific cat breeds and an excellent choice as a pet.
|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.
But what to name your new kitten?
It can be hard to choose a name for a cat. Often times people simply choose any old name and leave it at that, but a cat is a living, breathing family member. Therefore, it is only right to put some care into choosing the right name.
When choosing a name you want it to be easy enough to say. You can try to the “front porch test” where you yell the name from the porch, because eventually you probably will have to and you want it to be easy enough to say.
And of course you can choose a name for your kitten based off of their coat color and pattern.
Another common way to choose a name is to carefully observe your new furry friend's personality and character traits.
To help you narrow down your choices, we have carefully selected the best cat names for tortoisheshell cats, tabby cats and siamese cats. We hope you find the perfect one!
Tortoiseshell Cat Names
Tortoiseshell describes the coat's pattern and coloring. Tortoiseshell coat coloring is one of the most beautiful and unique of all cat fur patterns. Tortoiseshell patterned cats are almost exclusively female cats. Because of this, the names here are mostly female or unisex.
Tabby Cat Names:
|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.|
Were you aware that a tabby is actually a color pattern, not a type of breed? A tabby is sometimes called a grey tiger because the stripe pattern is similart to that of a tiger. However, a tabby's coat isn't just stripes, it is a unique pattern of stripes, swirls, and dots. In addition, on the tabby's forehead you usually find lines in the shape of the letter “M”.
Siamese Cat Names
The Siamese breed originally came from Thailand (formerly known as Siam) and has become a popular breed throughout the world over the past century.
Siamese cats can have a variety of colors and patterns, usually they are primarily white with sections of dark fur around their tail, face, ears and legs. Siamese cats typically have beautiful blue almond-shaped eyes. Siamese cats are a social breed and enjoy interaction and companionship with humans and other cats.
- Bow tie
Enjoy your new little furry friend! Cats are terrific companions, so give them a name to match!
|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).|