Basics of taking good care of your cat
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
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. For more
information, visit our "Special
Nutritional Needs for Cats" page.
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. scents in the
litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon
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.
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. When the
cat starts to scratch furniture or rugs, gently
say no and lure her over to the scratching post.
Praise your cat for using the scratching post or
pad. A sprinkle of catnip once or twice a month
will keep your cat interested in it.
Article courtesy: The American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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