More Cat Care Information:
Giving your cat some ice cream or any dairy product such as milk and cheesemay seem like a fun way of giving them atreat but the truth is that you are not actually doing her any favor. Young kittens should get milk from their mother. While cats and kittens enjoy milk, you should only be giving them milk that is specially formulated for them as opposed to the regular milk that you get at the grocery store.
|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.
Cats are only producing a small amount of the enzymes that are essential to process the lactose present in milk. Hence giving your cat with milk may cause it to throw up or can give diarrhea. You should not allow your cats to have milk or any milk products in general, including large amounts of cheese and ice cream. These products can actually affect the digestive process of your cat and may make them diarrheic or constipated.
While products containing milk can upset their digestion, cats also love cheese and some people who have cats give their pets safely limited amounts of natural cheese as snack or treats. Most cat food companies are making cheese treats intended for cats. Some even sprinkle a little bit of cheese on canned food cats, encouraging picky cats to eat their food.
|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 should not be giving your cat with ice cream. They do not taste the sweetness of the ice cream in the same way that you can and that is because of their genetic makeup. Aside from that, cats may also suffer from the negative effects of sugar in ice cream that is a major risk to most cases because of the threat of diabetes. Overweight felines are at risk to getting diabetes so you should not give them anything that has high sugar content.
Often, there are other food ingredients added to cheese and milk and even if the milk won't make your cat sick, these ingredients might. For instance, you should not give your cats chocolate including chocolate ice cream. Chocolates have methylxanthines that can stimulate your cat and can cause high heart rate, seizures, vomiting, muscle tremors and in extreme cases, death.
You should also not give your cats with coffee including coffee ice cream. Coffee has some substances that were known to be toxic to cats and even to dogs. Some spices including garlic that are usually added in specialty cheeses may also be harmful to your cat's health.
|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).|