Are you planning on getting a cat? Or do you already have a cat but you are not sure how to take good care of it? Cat care is all about giving love and getting back the same love in return. Cats make great companions and cats are among the most widely kept pets in the world. Domestication of cat occurred almost 4000 years ago in Egypt. There are more than 30 different breeds of domestic cats. Taking care of a cat is not a child’s play, It is a great responsibility.
Your feline companion expects a lot from you so you must fulfill its needs and desires. Cat care tips are all about this.
Some basic cat care tips:
Before you bring home a cat, the first part of cat care is getting your cat vaccinated. Vaccination prevents certain bacterial and viral infections and boosts your cat’s immunity. That is the reason why vaccinated cats fall sick less often. Consult your vet for your cat’s vaccination because there are a huge variety of vaccinations available. It is advisable to get a fecal examination of your cat for the presence of worms. If there are worms present then it must be treated with deworming.
Feeding a cat:
Get high-quality brand food for your cat and never compromise on the quality. Age, breed, weight and your cat’s health will determine how much and what your feline companion should eat.
Cat care tips on feeding:
1. Never feed any food that contains onion or garlic, it could poison your cat.
2. Give your cat a balanced diet that contains taurine, Taurine is an essential amino acid required for healthy eyes and heart.
3. Availability of fresh and clean water should always be there, and daily cleaning of the bowl done.
4. Treats should always be given in a very small quantity.
5. Feeding an adult cat 3 times a day, while kittens need more frequent feeding.
6. Avoid giving cow’s milk, as it can cause diarrhea.
7. Cats like chicken and turkey meat, but boiled meat is necessary. Mixing of meat with cat food is also advisable.
Grooming a cat:
Grooming is an integral part of cat care. Most cats don’t need a bath very often, but you should give your cat a bath once a month.
Combing and brushing can reduce hair shedding, also cuts down the chances of hairball formation. It is advisable to trim your cat’s nails from the edges to keep it blunt, to protect the sofa, you and your family. Cat breeds that have long fur are pretty difficult to maintain because their hair needs consistent care.
Grooming also involves checking your cat for fleas and ticks, for fleas or ticks use medicated shampoo or flea spray.
Cat Care Tips On Handling:
Picking up a cat can be tricky, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Avoid any other method. Never pick your cat by the frond legs or from the scruff of the neck. For kittens, pick them up by giving support to the back of its body. Never hold a cat’s tail. Cats love to be petted around the neck, chin, and head. These are cat’s favorite spots.
Cat Care Tips On Housing:
You cat companion should have a dry and clean place inside your house. The bedding should be soft, made of a towel. It is recommended to keep your cat inside the house. Cats can get diseases from outside or get into any type of accident if left outside unsupervised. The reason why domestic household cats have a greater life span than cats who live outside.
Indoor cats need a litter box, place it at an accessible location. If your house is of multi-level then each floor should have a litter box. It is important to clean the litter box, scoop the solid waste daily and clean the whole litter box at least once a week. Cats don’t use a smelly litter box. Clumping litter is more easy to use as it requires less frequent cleaning, you have to scoop out the solid clump without having to empty the entire box.
Cats need something to play with so that they can act as predators. The best and cheap option is to give homemade simple toys. Homemade catnip yarn balls, toilet paper balls and a piece of thick thread are one of the most favorite toys for cats. Any toy that moves will entertain your cat and it will pounce on it and try to grab it too.
Provide your cat with a scratching post that should be stable and be able to withstand the force of your cat. Scratch post saves you, your furniture and other household stuff from the claws of your cat. It is necessary for you to train your cat to get used to the scratching post. If the cat scratches anything other than the scratching post then you must lure him to the scratching post so that he gets used to it. To train a cat to use the scratching post you must rub your cat’s paws on it gently so that he starts scratching it.
Neutering or spaying:
Males should be neutered and females should be spayed by six months of age. Neutering a male prevents urine spraying, escaping outside for a mate and fighting between other males. In females, spaying prevents unwanted litter and reduces the chances of having breast cancer. It also reduces the chances of having a uterine infection. Moreover, in both males and females spaying or neutering improves a cat’s health.
Last but not least, cat care also includes love, affection, and tenderness towards your feline companion. We all know that most household cats have a serious attitude problem and might ignore you at times, but deep down they love their owners and require their love and care. You can keep two or more cats together but for that, you should first introduce them to each other and see if they are willing to get along well or not.