More Cat Care Information:
Natural cat care is the best way that pet owners can show their affection to their pet animal. This encompasses all forms of natural treatment that pet owners can extend for their pet animals to enjoy. It also includes in the equation all that can be done to best imitate the natural habitat of the animal and to enable them to feel at home as much as possible without harming their adjustment to their adopted home.
|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.
The Importance of a Natural Setting for Pet Cats
The need for a natural setting is never truer than in cats. This is because cats display a lot of their natural tendencies despite many years of domestication. For example, cats have that annoying habit of peeing anywhere as well as scratching table legs and other upright structures that may catch their fancy. When pet cat owners witness these behaviors in their pet cats, they should not feel bad or treat the cat in a harsh way. Instead, what is needed is a deeper understanding of the animal’s needs and to providing them with ways that will help them satisfy their urges without causing damages.
Natural Hygiene for Cats
|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.|
Natural care for cats involves their hygiene. Although this may sound too much for the ordinary pet owner, this is not really costly as it does not involve any fancy and expensive processes. All that one needs to do are the following:
Regular bathing. Cats should be encouraged from the start to get regular daily baths. This may be quite a process for some knowing that the animal is naturally averse to becoming wet, the process is made easier if one will start training the cat to bath while it is still young. That way, the animal will become used to bathing as it grows up. Bathing regularly will help keep the animal clean and cuddly. When bathing the animal, it is advised to use a mild shampoo or soap to rid the animal of lice without damaging the beauty of their fur.
Brushing. To make the cat’s fur even shinier, pet owners are encouraged to brush the animal’s hair regularly to keep it shiny and silky.
Proper nutrition. Although this may not form an integral part of hygiene, this is nonetheless important because improper diet will cause some hygienic problems for the cat. This means that the proper nutrients must be given to the animal to make it healthy and resistant to diseases.
A natural cat care is never costly if only one will keep in mind the tremendous benefits in store for the animal. What it needs are ingenuity and a little of creativity and foresight.
|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).|