It is said that humans have seven lives and cats have nine lives. Well, maybe that’s true, but one thing is for sure , your cat can have a long and healthy life with the proper care. There are many things to consider when caring for a cat, and they are covered in following sections:
CHOOSE A CAT:
Choosing the right cat can be a big decision. Cat’s can live up to 20 years, and a simple adoption can mean a big commitment. One should know the pros and cons of an adult cat versus a kitten. Examine where the best place is to find a new cat: a shelter, a friend, or a stray. Also match a cat to your lifestyle so you can have the cat that truly suits you. Another huge decision to make when owning a cat is whether or not you will have an indoor cat or an outdoor cat. Of course, there are many more dangers in the backyard that in your home. Also, if you do make the decision to let your cat outside, go the safest way to introduce your cat to the great outdoors.
Feeding your cat is obviously an important part of pet ownership. After all, it’s one of the few duties that you will have to perform every day. Simply remembering to put some food in your cat’s bowl is only the beginning. You must also decide what kind of food to feed your cat. Stop your cat from eating your houseplants,
Make sure to feed your cat the right type of food, at the right times, and the right amount. Feed your cat at the same time you eat-so cat won’t be begging you for crumbs. Don’t feed huge amounts, just a small bowl will do. If your cat isn’t eating well, it may be a disease. Check with your local vet. If your cat is overweight, never, ever drastically drop the food amount, it is not at all good for cats to lose too much weight very quickly. Instead, try going to your vet and buying a special type of food which is high in protein, low in fat, and low in carbohydrate. Try not to feed your cat your food; it’ll become a habit. Give your cat water daily. Don’t feed your cat milk; cats can’t digest it.
Homemade cat food has the benefit of giving you the peace of mind that you know exactly what you are feeding your cat. However, in most cases you can probably trust the medically and scientifically designed formulas of the major cat-food manufacturers.
Cats are usually considered to be very clean animals, and, for the most part, this is true. However, this does not mean that cats do not need regular grooming. Groom your cat regularly. Grooming is very important. It prevents hairballs, stimulates your cats’ blood flow, stops cat hair left when you pat her/him and provides some good bonding time for you and your cat. If your cat has long fur, a pin brush is best for working through long coat. A flat and slicker brush would work better for short fur. A smaller, triangular shaped brush can be used for smaller areas, like around the face and ears. If you want to use a comb, use a wide toothed comb for long fur, and a fine toothed one for short fur. You may want to buy a smaller and more gentle brush for a kitten.
Cats do not have to be bathed. Aside from the occasional grooming, most cats are able to clean themselves. There are a few reasons why you would have to give your cat a bath. For instance, if your cat has fleas or gets sprayed with something unpleasant. Provide your cat with a scratching post or a tree they can climb, cats will naturally want to scratch, it’s a behavior from when they were wild that allowed them to mark their territory. Providing acceptable places they are allowed to scratch will save your belongings from cat claw damage. Cats love tall places, so a big, sturdy cat tree will not only provide a place to scratch, but will allow her to climb and enjoy a bird’s eye view of her surroundings.
BOND WITH YOUR CAT:
Simply feeding, grooming and taking a cat to the vet won’t fulfill their needs. Even ten minutes chasing a rubber ball around the house together is good. You can snuggle up to your kitty with a good book, dangle a toy in front of their nose, or give them a cuddle. Make sure you pet them every now and then, a little love goes a long way. Most cat owners love to watch their cat play with the various toys they bought them. However, some of these toys can be dangerous for your cat. Yarn, for instance, a staple among cat toys for years, can actually cause very serious injuries.
Make sure that you take your cat to the vet regularly for any vaccinations needed, and just a general checkup to see how your kitty is doing. If you notice anything different with your cat, such as the way they’re meowing, walking, eating or acting, and are worried, take your cat to the vet.
Perhaps the most important step you can take in caring for your cat is finding a reliable and competent physician.
MAKE HOME CAT PROOF:
Let your cat be a cat. Like it or not, you cat is going to do certain cat things that may bug you. Your best option is to give your cat a positive outlet for these behaviors. If you cat scratches your furniture, make sure he or she has a great scratching post to use instead. If the cat uses the spot behind the chair as a bathroom? Put a litter box there and keep it clean
Your home can be a veritable obstacle course for your cat. While your cat may be able to live happily in your house for many years without encountering an accident, that doesn’t mean there won’t be danger lurking around every corner.
Don’t over tease your cat, It may be mean & cat may bite you.
Look for a vet that has been certified
Consult a vet or experienced person before introducing a new animal to the house
Cats love toys, so provide your cat with lots of stretching, hiding, perching, and playing areas. Your cat will love it, and both you and the cat will have fun.
Give your cat two meals a day if it is an adult and three to five smaller meals if your pet is a kitten. Do not feed too much.
Nail caps are another option. These are little covers which are glued to the cat’s claws to prevent scratching.
Love your cat and spend some time with it.