Not Quite Sure How To Take Care Of A Cat? Learn Everything You Need to Know Here!
In this article, you will learn how to take care of a cat in order for both pet owner and pet to live happily together.
Cats are pets which bring happiness to our homes and lives. Enriching a cat’s life can be an added hobby every animal lover can enjoy. Caring for cats includes having a basic knowledge of their breed, behavior, diet, grooming, etc. Before dwelling on these topics, we should learn as much information about cats as possible.
•Cats can be found all around the world from the icy Greenland to Africa.
•These animals have two coats. The under coat consists of soft furs and the top coat which are stiff long hairs, also called guard hairs. Guard hairs give pattern and color to cats.
•The cat’s hair and sense of touch are sensitive which help them move in small spaces and feel things in the dark.
•A cat’s vision is 6 times better than a human's during the night.
•Cats don’t like swimming, but they know how to swim.
•Cats tend to sleep for 18 hours/day in hot countries.
•The Cheetah can run 60 mph and can reach its highest speed in 3 seconds.
•There is a known cat which has no hair, known as a sphynx.
•The breed manx on the other hand, has no tail.
•An Indian cat dives and catches fish with its mouth.
Although cats can be self sufficient, it will still needs you to provide water, shelter, food and veterinary care. There are important things to remember to better care for your cats. Here are some:
1. Choose your cat yourself. Of course you will not want a lame, sickly kitten; the kitten should have a good appetite and be alert. Inquire if its mother is a healthy cat. Look for symptoms of cat flu or asthma, like frequent sneezing. The cat's ears, fur and eyes should be clean and well groomed. The eyes should be bright and the nose should be damp.
2. Ask a reliable veterinarian to regularly check on your cat’s health and injections. The vet can also give proper advices regarding worming.
3. Acquire your cat’s belongings. Your pet should have the following:
•A normal or flea collar, which must be elastic. You can put your phone number and address together with the tag. The tag can be a useful gadget to look for your cat when it got lost.
•Litter tray. Your cat can be trained to use it.
•Cat Flap. Flap can let your pets leave and come back home easily.
•Scratching post. The post can be a preventive measure to stop the cats from scratching your walls and furniture.
4. Give your pet a nutritious, balanced diet. Prepare your cat’s foods and serve it with only 4 small meals/ day when they are 12 weeks old and 2 meals/ day weeks after.
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You can give your cat dried or tinned foods; dried foods are less smelly. It’s better to serve your cat with water rather than milk which can cause diarrhea.
5. Groom your cat regularly. Cat’s hair whether short or long should be brushed everyday to tidy its coat and keep it shiny and soft. Always check for tics, bites and fleas. If you find fleas, spray or powder the cat to take away these parasites.Cat’s teeth must be clean with salty water and soft cloth. You can also purchase a special toothpaste from pet shop. The teeth can also be cleaned with dried foods.
6. Keep your cat indoor and play with it once in a while. Playing with your cat can give it mental stimulation and the exercise it needs. Playing can also strengthen your bonding.
7. Be patient and loyal to your cat. Contact the veterinarian if you are having a hard time with its behavior.
8. Be aware and follow any reigning cat’s registration law in your state. Registration, identification system and licensing are ordered by local governments to protect both people and cats in one community.
Cats can be wild and tame, but like dogs, these animals are trainable. With a little patience, you can get along with your cat and have it as the best pet you can have at home.
Proper care is necessary for your cat to have a nice life with you.