How to Care For a Cat

Although cats are naturally independent, they still need a lot of care just like any other pet. They will certainly appreciate the love you give them.
Building a relationship with your feline will bring much joy to you and your family.

Here are some ways to care for your cat.

FEEDING

Of course, you want only the best for your cat's nutrition. You also want them to enjoy their meals. Sometimes, you can have both... if you're lucky.

If you're unable to get fresh meals, you have the option for processed food, as well. Processed foods are most common in feeding pets these days, but you may want to research the ingredients when choosing what you plan to feed them.

If you plan on feeding them fresh meals, do some online research on different recipes. Experiment on ingredients and meals that your kitty will enjoy.

OBESITY

Some cats are naturally thin, but let's face it, some get fat over time and with age. It's best to see a veterinarian to see if it's diet or genetics causing the obesity and to make sure it does not have an adverse affect on their health.

Maybe it's from excess processed foods? You can try different brands to test to see if the food affects their weight.

MILK

You hear it all of the time, "Cat's love milk!"

This may not always hold true. Some cats love it, some shy away from it.

Some cats can have an issue digesting it and can cause diarrhea after drinking mild.

Use it at your own discretion. You can test to see if they like it or not and if it has any affections on their health. It's always best to give water, instead.

PREGNANCY

Kittens need a lot nutrition when they're young. For this reason, they must be supplied more food for their healthy growth. They need more food and nutrition before and after giving birth. This will help ensure the proper production of mother's milk needed to feed the new-born kittens.

A lactating cat may need up to three times the normal amount of food when the kittens reach three or four weeks. They need to be fed more often, depending on the diet to ensure proper nutrition. I the mother cat can handle the milk, it's probably best to give her more milk at this stage of their life.

KITTENS

When in the growth stage, kittens have more requirements. They need protein to create muscle, added calcium and phosphorus for their bone development, and a lot more vitamins and minerals.

You can give a lot more food and milk at that stage.

Kittens this young are sufficiently active and prepared to start eating foods.

After 4 weeks of nursing, the mother will give less milk and can have food along with milk.

After the kittens have been weaned, probably around 7 or 8 weeks, they must be fed around 3 times a day. This is because they grow quickly and are very active and they need the nutrition as demanded by their bodies for these purposes.

Once they are around 6 months, then their food consumption can be decreased.

NEUTERING and SPAYING

It's best to seek the advice of your veterinarian about when is the best time to control your cat's ability to procreate.

Vaccinations

Cats, just like dogs, need to be vaccinated to help protect themselves and from spreading diseases.

Usually, the Veterinarians are aware of the most common diseases in the area and can advise you when it's best to vaccinate your pet. The BEST time to get your them vaccinated is immediately after your acquire them.

It's also good advice to get a schedule of 'health maintenance' and routine procedures in keeping up with their health.

HYGIENE

It is VERY important in getting your feline litter box trained. The feces and urine should be removed daily.

Cats are very clean animals. They bathe a few times a day. They are habitually hygienic. However, in the case that you may need to bathe them, always use warm water. The soap and shampoo should be mild. Make sure you thoroughly dry their coat afterwards.

When feeding your cat, you may want to follow these procedures;

* Use a separate dish for your cat.

Do NOT use the dishes that you use for your family to feed your cat.

* Always clean their food and drink bowl DAILY.

* Make sure ALL food remaining on their plate after the meal is discarded.

Do NOT let the food sit out to get old and dried up.

BASIC CARE

Cats are domestic pets and are basically self-sufficient and independent.

Sometimes, however, if there is rarely anyone ever home in your house the majority of the day, you may want to consider getting another cat. They'll enjoy each other's company.

Sometimes taking a hair-brush or comb to their coat will not only make them feel good, but will help assist in cutting down on hair-balls that get hacked up by the cat every once in a while. A little mineral oil here and there may help assist in digestion, as well.

FAMILY and HOUSEHOLD

It's always good to treat your pet with dignity and respect. Learn the cat's mannerisms, likes, and dislikes.

Cats have their own personalities, just like people. Understand their habits

and attitudes, and you'll be well on your way to having the best relationship

with them that you can.

Remember, do NOT hesitate and ALWAYS consult your vet if any serious changes or abnormalities become present in your cat's habits and mannerisms.

Love your cat like family because, once you accept them into your heart and home, they are family.


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