The Basic Knowledge About Cat Care

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If you own a pet, the most basic requirement from you is to take care of it. The responsibilities of a pet owner includes knowing the steps in taking good care of his or her pet’s health and everyday life. Different pets have different needs, so if you are a cat lover, you must acquire the knowledge of cat care. Taking good care of your cat is more than just providing it with food daily. There are other areas which a responsible cat owner should look into in order to provide a feline with a healthy and happy life.

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.
  • Basic Food Requirement – Never ever feed your pet with leftover food as this food were supposed to be prepared for human and cats are not suitable to consume such food. To consume such food would only affect you cat’s health. Hop over to any pet store which is nearer to your home and you should be able to find some quality cat food. If you are still not sure, you may also like to consult your vet for suggestion. Most cat foods you find in the pet shop are quite affordable. It may only cost you $10 to $15 a month to give your cat the foods which provide good nutrition.
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.
  • Ensure Your Cat’s Safety – Cats being cats can be mischievous at times so make sure the environment it is living in is safe from substances which are toxic and hazardous. Just like looking after a toddler who is curious of whatever he or she sees, cats are curious of unfamiliar stuff that they come across. So it is always safe to store items which are dangerous out of reach from your pet.
  • Litter Box – Depending how you toilet-trained your feline, some cats answer to their nature calls outdoor while some are used to doing it in the litter box. Either way, provide your cat with a litter box as you do not know when you would need it. Times like hot summer and freezing winter, litter box would come in handy as you may have to restrict your cat from going outdoor. Make your pet’s life as comfortable as possible to let it feel your love and warmth.
    • Health Care – Regular visit to your cat’s vet is crucial to ensure it stays healthy. Cats need their necessary vaccination to fight diseases effectively. Beside the necessary shots, take your cat for annual check ups to ensure it maintain good health. Visiting vet for vaccinations may cost you a little more but the money spent is all worthwhile. Prevention is better than cure. By preventing your cat from catching diseases is better than spending a lot more by curing it. What’s more, the feeling of seeing your pet suffer from illness is awful.

Always save for emergencies. Just like having a child, you do not know when you would need the money for emergencies. Accidents might happen and diseases might be caught by your feline, so you really do not know when you would need the money.

Cat care does sound easy and definitely easier than taking care of some other pets, but to do it with good results, you need to put your heart into it. Love your cat like loving your own child. Do give a lot of your love and attention to it.

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).
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