By shaambhavi Daily Living Aids
TAKING CARE OF YOUR PET CATS
It is said that humans have seven lives and cats have nine lives. Cats are pretty and adorable. They are one of the best playmates one can find. They are the most popular pets after dogs. Come home from work and you will find your pet purring and rubbing its soft fur against you. Once you indulge with it, you forget all worries of life.
One takes cat home without thinking the precautions, maintenance issues and work cycles. Cats are demanding and taking one of them as pet means you are committing to its lifelong care.
This article will guide you to becoming a good master and caretaker of your pet cat.
BRINGING THE PET HOME
Mostly we adopt a kitten. Adoption is a big decision and commitment. It’s said that your pet shows your lifestyle, so always choose a kitten or cat that truly suits you. Go for the one which is able to gel in with your lifestyle.
The most important duty is to feed your cat or your kitten. Always remember to put some good food in your cat's bowl. Fix the type of food, time of feeding and the amount of food. Don't make your cat beg for food, and when you give it food, don't give it in huge amounts. Make sure your pet has just the right amount of tasty with nutrition.
If you want to change the diet, do so over gradually by mixing the new food with the pet’s usual diet. Kittens have small stomachs and have to be fed little and fed often. Give your cat homemade food sometimes, but don't feed milk as cats can’t digest it and it may cause diarrhea.
Cats are very particular about toilet habits. You’ll have to make sure to show the cat where the litter tray is and how it should go about it. Take your cat to the litter tray after meals and after waking from a nap. Usually, when the cat starts sniffing, scratching or begins to crouch, it is about time that they are about to go!
The litter tray should be of plastic placed on newspaper, place it in an accessible corner of the house or the garden. Clean the litter tray on a regular basis with hot water and some fragrant disinfectant.
PLAYING WITH CAT
Of course feeding and training your cat is not enough! Playing with your cat is also very important; it increases the bond between you and your cat as well. It also increases the fitness of the cat. Not just toys, cuddling your cat for 15 minutes is good. Different types of cat toys are available in pet shops but most kittens will play with anything that is light and small. Toys filled with cat nip hold a special attraction for many.
Grooming is a vital part, it should be done regularly. It keeps the fur and skin of the cat in good condition. It also allows you to check for any signs of ill health. If the cat is long-haired, it needs to be groomed everyday to remove the tangles, otherwise they will become matted.
There is no need to bath your cat daily. Occasionally give your cat a shampoo bath or a conditioner bath. This can be recommended by your cat’s vet. Always check while bathing whether your cat is infected or has got some unpleasant fleas stuck in its hair.
Always check with your vet for any vaccinations needed for your cat’s health. The three diseases that your cat should be vaccinated against are cat flu, feline enteritis and feline leukemia. Your vet will advise you on when these vaccinations should be done, and how frequently your cat needs boosters. Notice your cat's behavior and other habits; go for checkup if you notice any signs of changes.
Male cat can be castrated from the age of five months & female cat will need to be spayed at five to six months of age to prevent her from having kittens of her own.
Your pets define you. You are responsible for their well being. They look up to you for their needs. Love them and feel the warmth being reciprocated.