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General Cat Care Tips
Have you recently added a feline friend to your family? Congratulations! We know you’ll be thrilled to have your new cat in your home. These tips are for those looking to brush up their pet care skills.
We recommend purchasing high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food. Factors such as age, activity level and health make a difference in what and how much a cat should eat.
● You will need to provide fresh, clean water at all times, and wash and refill your cat’s water bowls daily.
● Many people feed baby food to a cat or kitten who is refusing food or not feeling well. Please read labels carefully: If the baby food contains onion or garlic powder, your pet could be poisoned.
● Use elevated pet bowl to avoid vomiting. Pls visit our Pet Bowls page for a list of food grade pet bowls for your cat's health.
Your pet should have her own clean, dry place in your home to sleep, rest and play. Every cat needs a safe and secure place where it can retreat to so that it feels protected or which can be used as a resting area. The cat should have the ability to exit and enter the space from at least two sides if it feels threatened. Most cats prefer that the safe space is big enough to fit only themselves, has sides around it, and is raised off the ground. A scratching bed is perfect to offer that space.
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary, but if you must do so, move the box just a few inches per day. Keep in mind that cats won't use a messy, smelly litter box, so scoop solid wastes out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent and refill at least once a week; you can do this less frequently if using clumping litter. Don't use ammonia, deodorants or scents, especially lemon, when cleaning the litter box. If your cat will not use a litterbox, please consult with your veterinarian. Sometimes refusal to use a litter box is based on a medical condition that required treatment.
Your cat should see the veterinarian at least once a year for an examination and annual shots, and immediately if she is sick or injured. Never give your cat medication that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, call your veterinarian immediately.
Spaying and Neutering
Female cats should be spayed and male cats neutered by five months of age.
Here are some of the medical benefits: Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.