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Cat Care Tips

Feeding

To control your cat’s weight, we suggest not leaving food out all day long. It is better to establish a feeding schedule and stay with it. Fresh clean drinking water should be available at all time.  For kittens 6 to 12 weeks, feed them four times a day. For kittens 3 to 6 months, feed them 3 times a day, and adult cats should be fed either on large meal or two or three smaller meals a day.

It is best to stay away from generic brand name. Instead choose a high-quality grain free cat food. Do not feed your cat the same food every day, your cat will prefer a variety of flavors. You can feed your cat both wet and dry food. You should not leave can food out for more than 30 minutes. You can store it in the refrigerator but microwave the stored can food to room temperature before feeding it to your cat.

Some of the products that you should not feed your cat are: alcohol, chocolate, coffee, caffeine, raw onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, raw uncooked meat, bones and milk.

Grooming/Handling

By nature cats stay clean and rarely need a bath because they meticulously groom themselves throughout the day. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to brush them; in fact daily combing will help reduce hairballs from forming in their stomach. It also helps keep their coat clean by removing dirt, spreading natural oils, preventing tangles and keeping their skin clean and irritant-free. For cats with short hair you can brush them once a week but long hair cats may need to be brushed every day.

It is important to start clipping you kitten’s claws at an early age because they will get use to it and will help reduce any fear of nail grooming.

The proper way to pick up your cat is to place one hand under the front legs and the other under the hind quarters. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck or by the front legs.

Housing

It is important to provide your cat a safe haven but don’t be surprised if they find their own comfort spots.  Cats are safest when kept indoors. Cats that are allowed outdoor will be faced with dangers such as getting hit by a car, lost, victim to fighting resulting in injury, contracting infectious diseases, infected with fleas, lice, ticks, and mites. Living indoors can be satisfying for cats provided they have the appropriate environment.

Play/Toys

Make sure that you cat receives enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, especially if your cat is indoors all the time. Find out what peaks your cat’s interest and what activities he enjoys.

Remember what cats like to do naturally. Cats love to stalk, chase and pounce which are all predatory behaviors. Find toys that look alive, bounce and move around. Your cat will have fun playing with this imaginary predator.

Cats also love to climb to high places or hide in cozy spots. The inside of a box or bag can bring hours of joy to your cat.

Do not use your fingers or hands as toys; this will only encourage biting and scratching behaviors.

Scratching

Cats also need to scratch; therefore you should provide a scratching post for your cat. The scratching post should be high enough so that your cat can stretch completely when scratching. You can trim back your cats nail every couple of weeks to keep them blunt. This will do less harm to you and furniture.

Litter Box

You should also provide a litter box for your cat. Place the box in a quiet, easy to get location, for example the bathroom. If you live in a home with more them one floor be sure to provide a box on each floor. Keep the little box clean by scooping out waste daily. You should wash the box out weekly and refill it with clean litter. When cleaning the box do not use ammonia or scented cleaners instead use a mild detergent.

Identification Tags/Microchip/Collars

Even if your cat is indoors all the time they should wear identification tag or be implanted with a microchip. It only take a second for a cat to slip pass you through and open door. The ID tag or microchip will help in the safe return of your pet. If you put a collar on your cat it is best to use a safety collar.  These collars have elastic that stretches allowing you cat to free himself if the collar gets accidentally caught on something.

Spaying and Neutering/Veterinarian

It is important to have you cat spayed or neutered by at least 6 months of age. Females are spayed while males are neutered. Cats can breed up to 3 times per year, so by taking care of this you are being a responsible pet owner in preventing the birth of unwanted kittens.

To find a reputable veterinarian in your neighbor, you can ask your local pet store or breeder. When visit your veterinarian, for the cat's safety always provide them a cat carrier. It is best to establish this relationship with your vet before an emergency happens.