Cat Care 101: The Basics
In most cases, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time to buy or adopt a cat or already own one.
When it comes to finding resources to ensure you’re caring for your kitty the right way, things can get rather confusing with so many varying cat care ideas being shared around.
This article wishes to keep it simple by talking about the basics that should provide every cat lover a good foundation for
further improving both their knowledge and understanding of their feline friends.
Responsibility, First of All
Before you even take a cat home and keep it as a pet, you have to keep in mind that you’re embarking on a commitment, not a whim.
You would naturally first determine if you can afford the costs that go with properly keeping a cat and if you’re fit to constantly look after her throughout her lifetime. It’s also important that you provide a safe environment in your home for your new pet as well as ensure that no one in your surrounding area gets inconvenienced by your cat-caring practices or by the cat itself. One of the many things you can do in this regard would be to have your kitty spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
The Vet — Kitty’s Best Bet for Good Health
Ensuring the best health for your furball pet entails regular visit to the veterinarian. Your cat needs to get her annual booster and vaccines are administered to take care of communicable core diseases. There are also flea, worm and grooming problems you might encounter along the way and your vet takes care of those as well.
These treatments, of course, don’t come free and costs can easily add up to ridiculous amounts in the event of serious health issues. For this reason, it’s advisable to insure your cat to help in dealing with these expenses.
Feeding Quick Tips
Cats generally eat in small amounts but more frequently, which is why their food needs to be easily accessible with clean and fresh water available at all times.
Cat food varies: there are wet, dry, and a combination of the two. When making your choice, it would help to consider your cat’s age and lifestyle. In time you’ll discover which type suits your kitty, but you have to make sure that what you’re feeding her is “complete” food and not just supplementary. Treats are good as long as you keep them in check as too much of it could cause your cat health problems down the road.
Connecting with Your Cat
Communicating with your cat is not a walk in the park either. Effectively interacting with your feline friend rests for a great part of your patience and ability to learn to interpret her moods and how she expresses her needs and how she feels at any given instance (good or bad).
Ensuring your cat feels good all the time requires providing her with a comfortable environment that includes a nice bed location and strategically placed food bowls and litter trays. You also need to develop a sharp sense for when your pet cat wants to be alone as this has a lot to do with her sense of security.
Adapting to Life Stages
As with most other animals, you will definitely notice changes in your cat’s behavior as she ages. During her younger years, it’s natural to find your kitty to be energetic, outgoing and loves to have fun. As she grows older to be an adult cat, she’d be calmer than usual.
In all these stages you need to be sensitive to all the changes your pet is going through and be able to readily spot abnormalities and all that’s inappropriate so you’d know when to recognize issues long before they become serious matters. After all, taking care of your cat is quite feasible by applying these tips.