Basic Cat Care

Feeding: For kittens, high-caloric foods are a must as kittens have very high energy levels. You can find plenty of quality canned kitten foods in the grocery or pet store. If you have an adult cat, feed your pet a mix of canned (moist) food and dry food. This is the best way to keep your cat healthy and within their ideal weight. Fill their drinking glass or bowl with fresh drinking water at all times.

Neutering: The importance of neutering (for males) or spaying (for females) cannot be underestimated; it is one of the most important health decisions you can make for your cat. Neutering or spaying refers to the surgical term of removing your pet's reproductive organ. The procedure is done by a veterinarian. The advantages are numerous. Neutered cats are less likely to roam out of the house and display problematic behaviors such as spraying and crying. They are less likely to develop cancer or other diseases. Neutering cats is also good for the community, too; given the huge number of stray cats roaming the streets today, owners should do their part for cat population control by neutering the pets. Cats are ready to be neutered at 4 months.

Grooming: Brush your cat daily to reduce or remove hair balls that accumulate in the stomach when a cat groom's itself. For a short-haired cat, a bristle brush does the job best. For a long-haired cat, use a wide-toothed comb.

Playing: Use toys when playing with your cat, never with your hand. Using your hand to play with cat tend to encourage biting and other aggressive behavior. Make sure the cat toys have no little parts your pet can accidentally swallow.



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