More Cat Care Information:
If I wasn't human I would love to be a cat. What an easy life they have. Sleeping, eating, sleeping, washing, sleeping, eating. You get the point. So what better product for your pampered feline than the CatIt Senses Massage Centre? Or if your cat is not keen on this perhaps you can learn kitty massage.
|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.
Is Massaging Your Cat Beneficial?
There are people who will think that massaging a cat is stupid. They get stroked, that's all they need isn't it? Well, just like humans all animals benefit from massaging for both psychological reasons as well as physical. Massage stimulates the nerves in the body, the muscles, circulatory and lymphatic system. It enhances range of motion, increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells, relieves muscle aches and helps to flush away toxic build up, such as lactic acid, that cause pain. Another point is this is a great way to bond and gain the trust of any new pet you bring into your home and you will also feel a great sense of relaxation. Obviously not all cats will want you trying out your basic massage skills on them, but if you take just a few minutes a day when your cat is relaxed but not sleeping, you will soon find out if this is right for them or not.
|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.|
You probably already have a rough idea of certain techniques. Don't forget, it's the masseurs intent that makes massage different from just simple stroking of your cat, and any pet will sense if you're really interested. A good way to begin is to talk to them in a gentle tone, stroking them in their favourite places so that they feel relaxed and comfortable with you. Then start at the top of their body working downwards and apply a small amount of pressure using the palms of your hands or your fingertips on the areas that you usually stroke your cat. For example – the back of their neck, their shoulders, at the base of the tail and down their spine. In time, if your cat grows to like being massaged you can move to the sides of the stomachs and their legs. This will take time and trust and I would suggest only doing it for a few minutes at a time. Just like we have different preferences so do our pets. They may like firmer pressure in one place and lighter in another part.
Cats either love having their stomachs stoked or they hate it. If they allow you to massage their bellys do it very softly and be prepared for them to suddenly change their mind and swipe your hand away. Even with you they may feel too vulnerable to let the massage continue to the belly area. Avoid the hind legs. Cats hate to be touched there, but if in time they become relaxed enough to allow this, do it very lightly and for a small amount of time. Watch for their reactions and remember their preferred spots.
You may find that it's easier to use a massage centre first. It will show you which areas your cat prefers and what kind of pressure they like. Of course they may ignore it completely and play with the box that it comes in instead. The Catit senses massage centre comes with catnip to encourage them to use it. I found that my cats needed more to start off with. We all know how untrusting cats can be of new items, so extra catnip is a good idea. The Catit Massage Centre should appeal to your cat's sense of touch. It comes with a variety of massage pads, so why not pamper your cat with a purely luxurious experience.
For any animal with joint pain and arthritis you should always check with your vet first and of course don't massage your cat if she is pregnant or sick.
|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).|