More Cat Care Information:
Maybe you’ve discovered for yourself the benefits of natural remedies. Cat healthcare experts are beginning to promote the same thinking when it comes to caring for your feline, as well. If you have a cat, then you will benefit from learning about natural cat care, natural cat supplies, and the utilization of homeopathic care for cats.
|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.
Nothing beats Mother Nature when it comes to providing the best quality cures and preventatives for whatever ails us – and the same is true of our feline friends. We’ve been led to believe for decades that the foods and products that are best for our cats can only be had by shopping at chain pet stores and supermarkets – that the manufacturers of these cat foods and other related products are the only ones who understand what is good for the health of our pets. They’ve done such a good job of convincing us, that even some vets out there are towing the party line, and really have no good idea about what our choices are when it comes to the standard of quality in cat products.
Fortunately, more and more cat healthcare professionals are re-discovering the benefits of all natural cures and products, and are recognizing the superior value of herbal treatments to promote feline wellness. Current research is proving that natural remedies for cats aren’t merely better than the traditional, and harsh, medicine we’ve been forced to rely on ’til now, they’re proving to be far safer than traditional healing techniques as well.
Take cat food for an example:
|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.|
The vast majority of the preferred commercial cat care products include chemicals and other artificial ingredients that might actually be dangerous to the ongoing health of your cat. Check the labels – does your cat food include corn or corn by-products in it? Fillers like this sound perfectly alright to the uninformed, but the fact is that a cat’s digestive system cannot process all the same foods that humans, or even dogs, can. Using such products might make life easier (and more lucrative) for the cat food manufacturers, but they are shortening your cat’s life span. Basically, many conventional products are creating more problems for your kitty than they solve.
You may remember the pet food recall which happened a few years back. That was a real eye-opener for many pet owners, and drove home the point that we can’t necessarily rely on pet food manufacturers to consider the health of our cats over their bottom line.
Your cat is a beloved member of your family, and deserves no less than the best in medical care. And when it comes to your cats, natural remedies are the wisest choice, just as it is for yourself. The smartest thing about using natural, homeopathic remedies for cats is the fact that they work in tandem with your cat’s innate healing processes, unlike some commercial products that actually block the animal’s natural healing abilities. Just as it is when it comes to food, natural products are also best when it comes to curing common cat ailments.
Cost is a factor in the hesitation of some cat owners to use natural remedies for their cats. While it’s sometimes the case that natural cat supplies cost a bit more than standard ones, the difference in cost reflects the fact that natural products use only the best ingredients. If you truly love your cat, you won’t mind the additional cost that premium products may incur any more than you would hesitate to purchase the best quality food and healthcare for yourself or your family.
When it comes to looking after your cat’s health, natural remedies for cats truly are the best. If you have trouble finding them in your local stores, there are many excellent holistic pet stores on the web that carry a huge and varied inventory of homeopathic items for cats as well as organic cat foods and other natural cat supplies.
|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).|