If you recently added a cat to your family. Then you should know about general cat care. Because without knowing General Cat Care you will never make sure their proper health and your cats also feel unhappy with you. Here we described some general cat care tips for a new cat parent.
Read these tips carefully, follow our instructions and make sure a healthy life for your cat.
General Cat Care List
Proper feeding is the first step of General Cat Care. Because a good and quality diet support your cats natural lifestyle that they always lead. It is wise decision to feed your cat an age appropriate and high-quality branded food. Your veterinarian will help you to choose the best diet which contain proper vitamin, nutrition and minerals. Before buying any food please check the expire date.
Some cats do not hold their weight, so they need that food which contains more calorie and better palatability. On the other hand, some cats have more weight. In this case, feeding them less caloric food. Cats require essential amino acid and taurine for their eyes and heart.
A balanced diet provides the necessary amino acid and taurine. If your cat refusing food and do not feel well then change the food brand. If you notice any symptoms of diarrhea, anorexia, vomiting continues for more than 1 day then immediately take your cat to the veterinarian.
Most of the veterinarian says that “Water is the most necessary nutrient. So, always give your cat fresh and clean water and clean their water bowls regularly.”
Cats need their own house where they sleep and rest quietly. Make a comfortable bed with soft flannel sheets or blankets. This comfortable bed will help your cat to sleep better. Put the bed in a warm place because cold is very dangerous for their health. If possible put the cat bed in a quiet place because cats do not like noise.
You can also buy a ready-made house and bed. Keep their house clean and tidy. Try to keep your cats indoor only because an outdoor cat has many risks like trauma from cars, stolen, infectious diseases, fighting with other animals, etc. You also make their carrier extra-comfortable.
If you allows your cat at outdoors then attach an ID tag and a safety collar with your cat. This ID tag and safety collar will ensure that your cat will return home.
A clean cat is a healthy and happy cat. So grooming is one of the important parts of general cat care. Clean their ears, eyes, teeth, and skin when necessary. Brushing their coat which removes dead hair and dirt. Regular brushing also helps to maintain blood circulation. Bathing is not necessary for them.
But, brushing their teeth at least two times per week, this will prevent dental disease. Always used a vet recommended toothpaste. Cut their nail when necessary. When you will cut their nail, you should be careful. Check their ears and eyes regular, if you find any dirt then clean it immediately.
Caution ” Do not stop grooming, if your cats do not tolerate grooming process and fight at grooming time. Then you will hire a professional groomers to have your cat groomed.”
At least (10-15)% of cats have elimination problems. Some cats use their litter boxes for defecation only and some cats use their litter boxes urination only. There are also some cats who eliminate both outside the litter box or inside of boxes. Consulting with your veterinarian if your cat will not use litter box. Because rejection of litter box sometimes indicate health condition.
Litter box should be fixed in a quiet and accessible place. In a multi-level home, one litter box is required in per floor. Do not move the box unnecessarily. If it needs to move then move the litter box just 2-3 inches per day. Cats do not use the dirty and smelly litter box, so everyday you should clean the litter box. Unload everything and wash the box with detergent at least once a week.
Caution “Never use deodorants or ammonia in the litter box.”
Health is an important part of General Cat Care because health is everything. At least twice a year you should take your cat to the veterinarian. This will ensure your cat’s health condition. You always check your cat’s behavior. If you find any changes in their regular lifestyle for no reason then consult your veterinarian immediately. Because changes in their lifestyle indicate the symptom of diseases.
Medicines and Poisons
Only give your cats those medicines which are prescribed by a veterinarian. If your cat is suddenly weak then contact your vet and follow his instruction. If you doubt or identify that your cat eats a poisonous substance then immediately take him to the nearest vet clinic or a veterinarian.
In any emergency call Animal Poison Control Center for 24-hour animal poison information at (888) 426-4435.
Vaccines will protect your cat from many bacterial infections. Your cats will get sick if they are not properly vaccinated. Correct vaccines help your cat to live a long and healthy life. Your vets help you will help you in the vaccinations purpose.
You should be vaccinated your kitten with a combination vaccine (also known as 3 in 1 vaccine) at the age of 2, 3 and 4 month and then annually. Combination vaccine will protect your cats from calici virus, feline distemper and flu-like viruses (rhinotracheitis). You should also be vaccinated your with (FeLV–feline leukemia virus) vaccine. There are also some necessary vaccines which will suggest your vet.
Caution” Before vaccination you should follow veterinarian instruction”
Cat Equipment Basics
- Premium-brand cat food
- Grooming tools
- Food and water bowls
- Cat Toys
- Litter Box
- Cat Collar with ID tag
- Scratching pad
- Cleaning Supplies
- Cat Leash
- Cat Carrier
- Emergency veterinarian or clinic contact info.