How To Take Care Of A Cat
Learning how to take care of a cat is not that difficult with these simple tips. Cats have feelings and they are very proud creatures, so when thinking about owning a cat understand that they never forget. Taking care of a cat on a daily basis is very simple and inexpensive compared to other animals. A cat’s needs are simple and with some love and affection your cat can be your best friend.
- Feeding a Cat. Probably the single most important step in taking care of a cat is learning how to feed them. They are carnivores and require taurine in their diet which is obtained from animal based-protein. Cats need to have meat and plenty of water. If you are going to give them dry food or treats, make sure that is does not exceed 5% of their food intake a day.
- Twice a Day. Cats need regular feeding and it is best to divide their allotted food up into two meals a day instead putting all the food out at once. The amount of food needed daily will depending on the cat’s weight. Cats need vitamins too. Many homemade cat formulas will include one or more of these supplements: brewer’s yeast, catnip, ester C and calcium.
- Do Not Feed Them Milk. Do not give kittens or cats milk as many cats are lactose intolerant. Milk can cause diarrhea in cats and should not be fed to them at all. Don’t listen to the commercials on TV, “Milk does not do your cat’s body good.”
- Shampoo Your Cat. As important as food is, so is hygiene. Make sure to use a cat shampoo as regular shampoo will irritate the skin. Realize also that cats hate water so introduce them gradually to the bath, as you could have a fight on your hands. A sponge bath can be used if the cat will not cooperate with a full bath. Never make your cat frightened as they will never forget and may run away.
- Potty Train Your Cat. Cats will naturally go to a litter box and can be potty trained easily. Just by introducing them slowly to a new litter box, you can potty train your cat. Make sure to clean the litter box daily and have no more than a few inches in the litter box. By putting some baking soda in the bottom of the litter box, you can reduce the odor. Taking care of your cat includes love and affection and finding out what pleases them.
- Grooming Your Cat. Some long hair cats need to be brushed and groomed to avoid any knots in the fur. Cats loved to be groomed and they love to be massaged. A happy cat is one who has a full body massage daily.
- Place to Sleep. Besides having their food and water in a perfect place, cats want to have a special place to sleep. A place all their own. You will find cats may choose to sleep several places and they claim those places as belonging to them. It is not necessary to have a special bed, just a fluffy rug or cushion will do.
- Cats get Bored. To avoid boredom with your cat, buy them some simple toys. Cats are easily entertained with a tennis ball or a long tail on a stuffed animal. Some simple toys will help your cat get his exercise and be more active. Keep all string type objects out of their reach as cats will eat everything in site.
- Vaccinations. Like people, cats need regular vaccinations to protect them from the many cat diseases. Taking your cat to the vet once a year is a way to protect your prized possession.
- A Nice Beautiful Collar. Cats are very proud creatures and nothing pleases them more than a brand new collar with gems, fake of course. On the beautiful collar for your cat, place an ID tag in case your cat is ever lost.