Cat Feeding Tips : Part 1
Since cats are fussy eaters, provide them with wholesome food, and clean food and water bowls. Keep your cat feeding equipment separate from your own storing it in a plastic container is a good idea. If you are going away, use an automatic feeder. This is a closed feeding bowl fitted with a timing device that opens at preset times.
- Don’t server food in a dirty bowl, the cat won’t eat it
- Don’t use an automatic feeder if you are away for longer than 24 hours; the food may become stale.
- If you have more than one cat, give each one its own bowl.
- Keep the feeding area clean. Place a mat or newspaper under the food and water bowls.
WHERE TO FEED
Give your cat an eating area in a quite spot a kitchen corner is ideal. Keep the area clean, and if you have any other pets, try to stop them from eating out of the same bowl a larger cat, for example, may deter a kitten from feeding.
An overfed cat may become obese. This can strin its heart. If your cat is gaining weight and you are not overfeeding it, check that it is not being fed elsewhere. Excessive weight gain can also be associated with hormonal imbalance.
DAILY FEEDING NEEDS
Cats require a carefully balanced diet. As carnivores, they must eat meat regularly. The chart below is a guide to the amounts of different types of food that you should feed your cat from the end of weaning to old age. Usually an old cat will need less food, but if it is not able to absorb its diet efficiently, it may, in fact, require more food. You should seek veterinary advice on an older cat’s food intake.
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How To Choice Fresh Foods For Your Cat
Your cat will enjoy an occasional meal of fresh food, perhaps once or twice a week. However, if you feed your cat solely on fresh food, you will need to work out a nutritionally balanced diet.
- Eggs : Some cats like eating eggs. Try scrambling one for a light meal. Never give a cat raw egg.
- Meat : Bake, broil, or boil meat, and serve it slightly cooled, in small chunks or minced.
- Poultry : Most cats relish a meal of chicken, but remember to remove the bones before serving it.
- Fish : Canned tuna makes a quick meal, or try steaming or poaching ( but not boiling) white fish.
- Oatmeal : Surprisingly, kitten enjoy oatmeal made with warm milk. Do not add sugar.
- Variety : A varie diet is good for a cat. Rather than sticking to one food, encourage your cat to try out any new foods that are suitable for cats.
Although a cat obtains most of water it needs from its food, put fresh water down at all times. A cat’s water requirement depends on the amount of water present in its food and environmental conditions. Always provide fresh water when you feed your cat dried food.
Do not give milk to your cat as a substitute for water. It is not essential to a cat’s diet, and some cats are unable to digest the lactose in cow’s milk. Do not feed cow’s milk to a cat with an upset stomach because it may aggravate the condition. Always server milk fresh. Caring for your cat always.
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How to Quarantine The Cat
Rabies is a potentially fatal virus for both animals and humans. It is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. Most rabies free countries enforce strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Anyone who violates a country’s quarantine regulations, and smuggles an animal into a protected country, may face severe penalties.
- A cat taken abroad may have to spend a period of time in quarantine either on its arrival or return home.
- In the US, if you are travellin between states with an animal, you must have the required vaccination and health documents.
- Different countries have different quarantine rules. Your vet will be able to give you helpful information.
Safety Tips to Transport a Cat When you move
If your cat is travelling by air, road, rail, or sea, place it in a containers available in pet stores. The container should be strong, light, and well ventilated. Mark instructions for feeding and watering and the owner’s name and address clearly on the carrier.
- Check the carrying company’s regulations in advance of your trip
- Female cats suckling their young and unweaned cats are not accepted for carriage by most airlines
- In aircraft containers, cats and dogs are kept apart, unless they come from the same household
- Check international and national travel requirements before you travel.
Cats have a strong homing instinct, so when you move, help your cat acclimatize to its surroundings. Do not place your cat in the moving van, but take it with you in your car. On arrival, provide it with food, water, and a litter box, and do not let it outside for about five days. If your cat turns up missing soon after moving, look for it at your previous home. It is not unusual for a cat to return to its old hunting ground.
Travelling with your Cat
Cats are not very good travelers, so if your cat has to go on a journey, place it in a suitable carrier. Cat carriers are made from wicker, wire, plastic, and cardboard. The carrier should be strong and well ventilated. Never let a cat roam free on the back seat of a car or leave a cat alon in a car on a warm day if you must leave a cat alone in a car unattended, make sure there is ventilation and keep it out of direct sunlight. If the journey lasts for more than half an hour, stop to let the cat use a litter box and to eat and drink.
Place the cat carrier in an enclosed space, so that if your cat struggles free, you will be able to catch it quickly. When the cat is inside the carrier, check that the door is securely fastened, and then take it to the car.
Common Outdoor Hazards and Choosing a Collar for Cat
If you live on busy road and don’t have a yard, it is probably not safe to let your cat go outside. Even if you have a yard, there are still some potential hazards. Sharp garden tools and pesticides must be kept out of your cat’s reach. You should also check that you do not have any poisonous garden plants.
Choosing a Collar
A cat that is allowed outside should always wear a collar and name tag. An identity disk or barrel with your cat’s name and address should be worn on the collar at all times. Whichever type of collar you select, make sure it fits properly and that it has an elasticated safety section. Make sure that collar fits well. If it is too tight it may irritate the neck skin, if it is loose, the cat may learn how to slip it off.
Choice The Cat Door
Cat doors are available in varying degrees of sophictication. Some open inward and outward, others only inwards, so the cat can enter but not leave the house, and some have locking device, which is useful if you want to prevent your cat from going out at night. The most expensive are electromagnetic doors, which can only be opened by a magnet worn on the cat’s collar.
Lockable door : Prevent your cat from going out at night by installing a lockable door
Standard door : This basic door has no locking device to prevent stray cats from visiting you
Cat Door Training
When you are satisfied that your cat is ready to go outdoors on its own, you should mount a cat door. A cat door will give your cat the freedom to come and go as it pleases. It is important that you mount the door at the right height for the cat to step through: about 6 in (15 cm) from the floor. Most cats learn how to use the door quickly.
- If a first your cat does not want to approach the cat door, place your cat near the door and prop open the door.
- To encourage the cat through the door, tempt it with food placed the outside, or gently lift the cat through.
- It should not take long for your cat to learn to push the door open. If your cat has difficulty passing through the door, it could be that the door is too high off the floor.
Allowing a new Cat Outdoors
Most cats want to explore the outside environment as soon as possible, so, for the first few weeks, you will probably have to restrain your cat from rushing outside every time you open the door. Once your cat familiar with its new home, you can let it out under supervision.
- Keep your cat inside until you sure that outdoor conditions are suitable
- Supervise your cat’s first trip outside
- Do not let your cat out in a bad weather
- Whenever you let your cat out, make sure it wears a collar
- Do not let your cat outside until it has been vaccinated
Cat Tips : Common indoor hazards and An indoor lawn
Common indoor hazards
Curiosity really can kill the cat, so closing doors, windows, bozes, and lids is a necessary precaution to keep a cat from potential hazards such as open washing machines and garbage cans. Breakeable objects, poisonous plants, and food should be kept out of your cat’s reach. Don’t leave small objects where your cat can swallow them. They could choke or poison your pet.
An indoor lawn
Grass is a good source of fiber for your cat. It also acts as a useful emetic, which will help your cat to regurgitate unwanted matter such as hairballs. If you keep your pet permanently indoors, provide it with some greenery to chew. This could be grass, catnip, thyme, sage, or parsley.