Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cat - Cat Health

Keeping your cat healthy is the key to extending your cats life. Although cats are independent by nature they really do need a good caretaker. As an owner of a cat you take on the responsibility of caring for your cat and making sure its needs are met.

Your cat needs access to fresh water daily. The water bowl should be cleaned out regularly. Feed your cat good quality cat food. Ask your veterinarian whether the brand you feed meets your cats requirements for his lifestyle and age. Obesity in cats is common in indoor cats. If you have an indoor cat and he has free access to food all day, you may try a light variety to slim him down. If you have a senior indoor cat he may need more nutrients than the light food offers, so once again it is a good idea to ask your veterinarian.

Exercise is very important for your cat. An indoor cat will often eat out of pure boredom. Provide a selection of cat toys and cat furniture such as a cat tree, to entertain your cat. Even an outdoor cat can benefit from this. Taking time at the end of the day to play with your cat will help keep it active.

When we have been away from home and our cat has been indoors the entire day, we help him unwind his excess energy with a bouncing ball. As a kitten he learned to jump in the air and catch a bouncing ball and we keep him entertained for half an hour with his attempts. Our other cat prefers to play 'fetch', where we throw a toy mouse for her to run and find. She does not always bring it back, but as soon as I say "are you ready?" She jumps behind our bedroom door and gets prepared to stalk her prey.

Providing a good scratching post is a wise investment. It may well limit the damage to your furniture and it satisfies your cats need to scratch. Keeping your indoor cats nails trimmed is important to keep them in good condition and so that they do not get too long. If you notice your outdoor cat getting his claws stuck in carpet or fabric he may be in need of a trim too. Most outdoor cats are able to keep their claws worn to a reasonable length.

Grooming your cat regularly helps reduce shedding and prevents matted hair. Both long and short haired cats will benefit from a groom. A brush is often a better suited grooming tool than a comb as it does not pull the hair. Keep your cat free of fleas and ticks.

A healthy cat is a happy cat. Taking time to meet your cats needs will keep your cat comfortable and content. You are rewarded with a purring companion cuddled up in your lap.

Guide to Cats. Get information on buying, owning and caring for your cat, learn about cat health.

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Cat - Your New Cat: Why Are the First 24 Hours So Important? Part 2

The family brought Tiger home, but hadn't prepared their house for him. When he saw their dog, he bolted, found a dark place and hid.

His new owner searched the house but couldn't find him. That night he came out of his hiding place and found an open window with a torn screen....

His would-be owner knew there were predators in the area. She called Animal Control and posted signs around the neighborhood, but she knew there wasn't much chance.

She was right.


This situation could have been avoided, and Tiger could have been integrated quickly and easily into his new home if the people who adopted him had made some preparations and taken precautions.

What are some of these preparations? What should you do before you bring a new cat home?

? Prepare the house to receive your new cat.

? Make sure your new cat's medical needs are completely taken care of.

? Make sure your other cats are adequately protected from disease.

? Make sure you have on hand the things your cat will need.

? Know how to introduce your new cat to your live-in companions, children and other pets.

And perhaps most importantly:

? Prepare yourself beforehand for a good relationship with your new cat.

People who have never owned cats before don't really realize what a cat is: A highly intelligent, independent animal which needs love and affection daily - but is not a dog.


Cats will bond with people, just as dogs do, but they don't always bond with the person who has adopted them. They will choose whom they like, much to the consternation of the person who "picked them up" hoping to have acquired a new friend.

This is one very good reason why the first 24 hours is so important. It is during that period that your cat will decide whom she wants to bond with.


Adequate preparation of the home is vitally important. If your new cat panics when she is first introduced and finds a way to exit your house, she will do so. Remember, she does not know where she is and has no motivation to return.


In addition, there may be serious medical consequences to adopting a stray, both to your new kitty and to your existing cats. Inadequate medical examination and vaccination can be tragic for the new addition to your family...and have serious consequences to your existing cats.

Unless you know what you are doing, your attempt to bring home a new kitty could result in tragedy.


The bottom line is that no matter how many cats you have adopted, you still may not know what you are doing with THIS one.

In Part 3 we'll discuss five things you need to consider before you adopt a new cat.

Copyright 2006 John Young

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