More Cat Care Information:
If you are planning to be a pet owner, you must be ready for the long term cat care. If you are settled on having cat as pet then you must get off to a good start and everything must be planned in order to avoid future mistakes. Cats are nice companions but you have to understand their needs, one of which is your cat has to eat but you can’t feed your feline friend your leftovers.
|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 is better to look for the best cat food that can give your pal energy boost as well as good health. You need to allocate money for that so you may need to sacrifice some luxuries to be able to provide for your pet’s needs. Ensuring a safe environment for your pet is your responsibility so make sure that there are no items lying around which could be dangerous for the cat.
Cats by nature are clean animals and like to keep themselves that way. Overt grooming might prove to be harmful for the animals, as they should not be allowed to overdo it. This can also a sign of fleas and therefore must be taken to the vet for a quick fix. Because you have a vain house mate, you must also be tidy with everything so you need to keep their litter boxes clean and well maintained.
|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.|
Did you know that the cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than yours? You may not smell a thing but your cat will. They would refuse to use the litter box, for the purpose it is meant for, if it is smelly. Cats can easily use the belly of your clean carpet for depositing their poops or a basket of clean clothes perhaps would be just right for them. When it is a matter concerning these aspects of cat care, let not the cat wander away, just do what they want, and give them a clean and odor less litter bin.
Make friends with your local vet as soon as you decide to keep a pet, as you would need them more often than you think. Long-term cat care is all about remaining vigilant of early signs and symptoms, which show up, and if you just observe them critically, you would know if there is something that needs attention.
If you are settled at the thought that you want the cat to be with you for long, then you may really be the rightful owner of one. Never dilly dally with your decisions of wanting something now and then the next minute it becomes irrelevant as this is dangerous for your pet and you too. So before you welcome a cat into the household, think things through over and over again.
Do not act on your impulse because once you are there, you must be able to carry out the responsibilities of being a pet owner. Long-term care is a decision, which you would never regret as you get the opportunity to give those affectionate animals a good home and in turn have a good time too.
|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).|