More Cat Care Information:
Cat grooming is a simple task because cats typically keep themselves clean. Cats groom themselves on a daily basis to remove dead hair and foreign matter from their coat. Cat grooming helps to clear the fur of old hairs and stimulate the growth of new ones.
|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.
Although cats are self groomers, most cats do need help with their cat grooming skills. Cats' owners should pay attention to every part of the cat including the eyes and ears. Cats with a short single coat like a Siamese Burmese needs little grooming. Dense-coated short haired cats like American shorthairs, need a cat grooming session every month. Semi-long haired cats should be groomed more regularly. Long haired cats should be bathed at least bi-weekly.
Part of cat grooming is nailing clipping. Cat nail clipping is to be done with caution. The groomer should be sure not to upset the cat. To clip the nails, gently apply pressure to the top of the foot and soft pad underneath. This will cause the cat to extend their claws. Be sure to use only high quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail. Cut the nail at the point where it begins to curl. Take caution to avoid the vein that runs into nail. If this vein is accidentally cut, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
|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.|
How to get that cute little costume on your cat
If you're a cat lover like me, I'm sure you've already purchased that cute little Halloween costume that Fluffy will just look adorable in! It's one of the best cat costume you've ever seen. There's only one problem, and that's Fluffy. What if he just doesn't want to wear that priceless little costume? Does he keep tearing off the adorable little hat that just makes the costume the best ever? Perhaps a little convincing is in order.
So, how do you get Fluffy into that Halloween costume you picked out? There are a few methods you can try. Cat costumes are probably the hardest to shop for, because you just never know how your cat will react to them. Perhaps try putting one piece on Fluffy at a time. Let him get used to the feeling. After all, it did take you endless hours of searching the entire cat costumes on the web to find this one! If he still refuses to wear it, don't give up hope on cat costumes, you may still be able to convince him before Halloween.
Bring his favorite treat or toy into the picture. Praise him whenever he does manage to keep it on for 1.5 seconds. This will help more than you would think. Soon he'll discover that he gets special treats whenever he wears the costume. Just remember, cats are stubborn. So it may take you some time to get him used to the costume. However, if you succeed you can start looking through cat costumes for next year
|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).|