It’s not that living with cats is complicated; it’s just that they have the innate ability to suddenly take over our lives. After having a fuzzy feline friend in your home, you soon understand that you really belong to them – not the other way around.
Whether you’re finally realizing you want to make things a little lighter on yourself or struggling to adapt to your new schedule, these basic cat care tips in the kitty world will make living with a cat so much easier.
Don’t think these are the ‘only basics’ you need for entering kitties world, but consider this as the ‘most basics.’
Feeding Your Pet
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to food for your cat. Cats are carnivores, but that doesn’t mean that’s all they should eat. Always feed your kitty with the nutritious and quality food that is affordable for you.
Nutritious food always keeps your felines in good health. They normally fancy a mix of canned food and dry feed. Once you know your cat well, you will know her food preferences.
“How much is good for my cat”?
Always feed your cat with the right amount suggested on the label of the food pack or the amount your vet recommends. Feeding too much out of affection makes you cat overweight and it may lead to health problems like diabetes.
How much to feed your cat depends on many factors:
- Age and weight
- Wet or dry cat food
- Activity level
- May vary for a pregnant cat and nursing cat
- Quality of cat food (Some dry cat food have more nutrients than others). A lesser quantity of such high quality food is enough to provide the right amount of nutrition for your feline.
What Type Of Litter Is Best For Your Cats?
The number 1 feline necessity in the home is probably the cat litter— other than food, of course. You may have even wondering: “How do I know which type is best? Can I make my own?” Are there eco-friendly varieties?
There should be one litter box for each cat you have. Cat litter comes in a wide variety of materials with bases made from everything from clay, Bentonite and Silica for Clumps, crystals and there is also a plethora of Eco-Friendly Options.
Generally, the standard open litter boxes are good for cats. Covered litter boxes can trap odours but give your cat more privacy, and clumping litter is easier to maintain.
Whatever type litters you get, ensure it’s the appropriate size for your cat. Bigger kitties may find a normal size litter box too small, so get an extra large one if possible.
A litter mat (to keep under the box) is also useful to catch scattered litter before your cat tracks it around the house. Also, a small bucket to dispose of the dirty litter and if needed, buy a litter scoop that works with the variety of litter you buy.
Now you know what’s in the different types of litter, but only your cat knows which kind he prefers best. Kitties can be so picky regarding their litter boxes, so sometimes you’ll have to try out a few different types before choosing the one that works best for both her and you.
You Do not Own A Cat – You Live With A Cat
Take care of your cats like that one, cold roommate and your days will be so much easier. You’d never scream at your roommate for pissing on the floor.
Rather, you’d be saying “man, what the hell?” however, you’d make them clean the mess which is something you can’t do with felines.
If you consider your residence as a place you share with your cat, rather than the kingdom which you rule, you don’t have to be anxious about a bloody coup by Mittens.
Cats are in fact independent by nature; nevertheless, they’re not quite able to take care of themselves. Make sure that you can adjust and can make room (in your lifestyle and in your home, as well) for a feline before you adopt.
Choose The Right Cat Vet
Your veterinarian is the second most important person in your cat’s life, so it’s very important that you feel good about your vet.
Explore reviews of local vet facilities online and also consider asking close friends who have cats. But take reviews of a cat hospital with a grain of salt as they often echo subjective cases of financial reporting, rather than the treatment they provide.
It’s additionally important that you can ask questions and get answers from the vet, and that he treats you well too.
For those who adopt the pet from some institutions may gain a voucher for a free vet-examination. This will also give you a chance to identify the vet for your cat.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Start early in providing her with preventive basic cat care to help ensure her a lifetime of good health,
Enquire about the vaccinations for your kitten – Your kittens will need vaccines for the “big three”- distemper, leukaemia, and rabies.
Your kitty will get his first dose at 8 weeks of age and the with boosters are administered every 4 weeks till she reaches her 16 weeks). Then, your vet will schedule all the other important vaccines for your adult cat.
Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations if and when needed.
You have to inquire about fleas, intestinal parasites, and heartworm – Ask your vet to check for worms or intestinal parasites in your kitten and if your vet advises for deworming process, do it immediately.
Generally, heartworms do not affect adult cats but may be risky for some kittens; ask your vet for any heartworm nurturing for your kitten.
Fleas (Siphonaptera) or ticks are the major parasitic menace to your feline friends. However is, administer anti-flea treatment once in a month even for cats that are not outside wanderers.
Only use vet recommended products to keep your pet fit and free of fleas.
Basic Cat Care To Enrich Their Life (And Yours As Well)
Cats are very sharp and alert animals and the list of their likes and dislikes appear to be quite long.
Cats do love the very same thing you would love to do— like long naps in comfortable places, fun activities, spending quality time with friends, appetizing food to name a few.
Grooming – That’s What He Loves! — Do you know grown-up cats spend so much of time in self-grooming?
Obviously, grooming is an important part of a kitty’s life! And there’s nothing more relaxing than a massage for us, right? Well, cats feel the same way! Take care of her nails as nails play a major part in cats defense mechanism. Trim the nails of your feline friend regularly to keep him, yourself, and your other pets safely.
To the knowledge front – grooming keeps the coat of the cat healthy, shiny and hydrated all the time as it spreads the natural oils produced by a cat’s skin and fur evenly.
Cats Get Lonely, Too – Even if your cat is used to you leaving daily, they can get lonely and you should know the signs that there might be a problem. Cats appear very stoic and it can be easy to miss signs.
Before you go off to work, make sure you have planned a lot of play activities for your cat. If you can afford a pet sitter, then it’s good. For a home-alone cat, there are other many ways of activity and entertainment.
Empty cardboard boxes, cat-safe toys, cat perches, open paper bags without handles, etc. You can make a comfortable bed near a window and he will definitely enjoy this home-alone environment.
Cuddle and pet your cat – Cats are born cuddlers. Cats are indisputably self-governing and may behave indifferently to strangers. But, they never want to be aloof all the time; they need the very same love as other pets do.
Sometimes cats want their space and snuggle time which you should afford to keep them happy. When you cuddle your kitty, a mammalian love-hormone called oxytocin is produced out of him and this occurs with humans too.
When you cuddle your cat, the beautiful warmth it provokes is because of Oxytocin. So keep in mind, cuddling keeps both cats and humans healthy.
All cats possess their very own personalities. If your feline longs for a cuddle, give it wholeheartedly. If she doesn’t want that and shies away, never force on her. Cats have their own way of exhibiting love.
Just call her by her name. Talk to her and tell her what a good kitty she is. Reward and treat her for coming around when you talk to her. There are a lot of things that you can do to encourage your cat to become more affectionate.
The term used here is “encourage” because you must remember that she is a cat and not a dog. Cats can be encouraged, and dogs can be trained.