More Cat Care Information:
All one ought to know about fleas
|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.
Fleas are pesky bloodsucking creatures that are annoying as well posing a risk to pet's health. They thrive in moist, warm climates and environments. Their main food is drinking blood of both humans and pets. Indoor cats and dogs are equally prone to flea attacks as other pets. They can enter one's home at any point of time.
Impressive Flea Control Methods
Cats are the most beautiful creatures created by God. They are so beautiful and sweet and can take anyone's heart with their innocent, charming, and lovable ways. Keeping cats as pets is really a noble thing and even better than this is to rescue an injured, homeless kitten or cat. If you too are a cat lover then you must have experienced the delight of keeping a cat, and may be still experience it.Nevertheless, how does it feel when your dear cat is infested with ticks and fleas? There cannot be a greater disappointment than this.
Flea Control For Cats
The best flea control for cats is the holistic method of controlling fleas. There are some chemicals which are used to control fleas and they are not harmful, but still holistic method is the best. Even if you do not see signs and symptoms of flea infection in your cat, then too use these flea control methods as a preventive action.
Use a flea comb
There are many advanced flea comb available which attracts fleas and makes sure that they do not stick on the skin of you cat. You must do a little research before you get the most effective flea comb so that the result is satisfying.
|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.|
Use a vacuum cleaner
The vacuum cleaner is the best flea control equipment that you can use. The vacuum cleaner sucks away all the fleas that are hidden in your cat's fur. You can miss some fleas while combing the cat but using a vacuum cleaner will erase that possibility. Just vacuuming the animal is not enough, you need to vacuum clean the entire house so that no fleas and ticks are present anywhere. Keep a flea dip inside the vacuum cleaner where the dust is accumulated. The gas coming out of the flea dip will slowly kill all fleas and prevent them from coming out of the vacuum cleaner.
Flea products made from natural oil
Another effective flea control method for cats is to use products, which are made from natural oil or from any herbal ingredient. Although herbal products may take more time than chemical, products but they will not harm your cat's skin. There are some cooking ingredients, which also help, kill the fleas and ticks, you can use those as well.
Vitamin dose for your cat
Apart from implementing all the external methods of flea control for cats, you must also give your cat vitamin dose. A proper vitamin dose will make its immune system strong and it can fight with the internal as well as the external infection. However, you must take a veterinary's suggestion regarding this, as a vitamin over does will not be healthy for your pet cat.
Garlic based solution
Fleas do not like the strong fragrance of garlic, so you can use garlic as a strong weapon for flea control. Prepare a garlic solution, use it as spray all over the lawn and garden, and notice all the fleas and ticks are eroded from their home. You can also use this spray on your cat; it is not harmful, will kill all fleas, and ticks present in your home and garden.
|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).|