More Cat Care Information:
Persian cats are considered by many to be one of the classiest breeds. As the name applies, it’s believed they came from Persia, which is located in modern day Iran. Since there’s such a stigma surrounding them, many people believe that more care is needed in owning a one. However this is not true. The care given to a Persian cat is basically the same as any other. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what needs to be done to keep your cat happy and health.
|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.
It’s so important feed your cat the top quality food. A cat’s digestive system is very different then humans. Because of this it’s not advisable to feed your Persian cat leftovers or table scraps. Freshness is also important. They may become sick or get an upset stomach if they eat spoiled food.
All cats are very sensitive to smell. They won’t enjoy being around anything that stinks. Besides that, your house will smell great too!
|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.|
Know your pet
Every cat is different. It’s always a good idea to “check in” every day to make sure things is ok. If something’s not right, he or she will let you know in their own way. If in doubt a quick trip to the vet may be in order. It’s always good to be safe than sorry.
Preventive medication is always a good thing. Just like humans, cats need to be vaccinated on a regular basis. While shots may be expensive, it’s important to keep this in your monthly budget. It’s better to pay for vaccines up front, than deal with bigger problems down the road.
While cats may seem aloof at times, they need love and affection as much as humans. Quality time is so important. Take the time to play with your pet on a regular basis. If it’s hard to find the time, simply taking a few minutes to pet him can go a long way. One of the more human traits that cats posses is jealously. Not playing with him might lead to depression or stress. The more you ignore your cat, the worse it will get.
|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).|