More Cat Care Information:
It's an exciting time when you decide to add a cat to the family. There are many things to look at when choosing the best breed for your family and life style. Some are affectionate while others can be more independent. Some breeds require daily grooming and others need minimal extra care. No matter the breed you choose, adding that special kitty to the family is a big time for everyone. Here are some breeds to consider.
|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.
This beautiful longhaired feline is perhaps the calmest breed in general. They have a wide range of colors, cute facial features and resemble a big fluff ball. While they do require daily grooming and frequent bathing, these graceful cats tend to be low energy and loving creatures. Persians are good additions to households with children and other animals. They need lots of love and affection. Persians will often choose one person as their favorite but will be loving to the rest of the family as well.
The Exotic Shorthair is a short haired cousin of the Persian. They have all the best characteristics of that breed, including the squashed facial features, but don't require the intensive amount of grooming. These are very affectionate and gentle creatures. While they are still a calm and quiet cat, they do enjoy showing off their athletic nature. Providing a cat tree and climbing space will keep them happy.
The Himalayan is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. They have the beautiful longhaired coat of the Persian with the Siamese markings. Himalayans' enjoy playing but are not high energy. They are usually well behaved and calm. They make a good choice for families with children and other pets.
|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.|
The British Shorthair is playful and smart. They have a shorthaired coat and are compact in nature. They enjoy playing but can spend just as much time cuddling. The Shorthair is especially good with children and other pets. They make great family additions.
The Ragdoll is a quiet and very affectionate breed. They enjoy playing and being around people most of the time. With that in mind, they do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They are not well suited for outdoors so keeping them inside is recommended. This breed gets its name from the way it behaves when picked up. It will go limp in your arms like a ragdoll. They are also very intelligent and will learn tricks similar to a dog. This cat is a larger but gentle breed. They make an excellent choice if someone in the family is normally wary of cats.
The Abyssinian has a wonderful unique ticked tabby coat. With their graceful sleek bodies, they are often called the supermodel of cats. They are an outgoing and friendly breed that loves to play. The Abyssinian enjoys swimming and are very accepting of the people they meet. They are very loyal and will lavish their owners with affection.
The Somali love to be the center of attention. They are very playful most of their lives but would rather curl up in your lap and cuddle first. They are very affectionate and enjoy showing their owners their love.
Whatever the breed you choose, consider the cats characteristics as well as your home life. Many cats are true cuddlers' and need that time with family. Remember, a cats average lifespan is 15-20 years. This is a big commitment for any family so look for a cat that will be happy in your home and make your family happy too.
|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).|