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Pet Care for your Cat
Cats are elegant and pristine creatures that inspire love at first purr. Cats are some of the easiest animals to care for. Heres what they need to stay healthy and happy.
An adult cat should be fed two or three small meals each day. Kittens require more frequent feedings until they reach 9 to 12 months of age. You should keep fresh clean water available at all times. Cats require high quality fats and proteins in the their diets, and cat food is specially formulated to provide the daily recommended dietary intake of most of these nutrients. And don't forget about high protein treats!
What not to feed your cat:
Cats love grooming them selfs so they rarely need a bath. Cats should be brushed or combed regualary to keep their coat clean, reduce shedding, and cut down on hairballs. Long-haired cats require more frequent combing than short-haired cat to prevent hair mats.
Home Sweet home
Your cat should have her own clean, dry place in your home to sleep and rest. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding as often as needed.
An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help ensure that your cat is retuned if he or she becomes lost.
All indoor cats need a least one litter box in accessible location. If you have a multiple cats, make sure that each cat has their own litter box. Cats are very territorial creatures and a littler box is considered their “turf”. Find locations that works best for your cat. Make sure to keep the litter box clean by scooping at least once a day.
Playing with your cat
Playing with your cat every day is essential as it is for dogs to have daily walks. Cats need exercise in order to burn calories, stimulate their minds and prevent boredom. Please play with your cat a couple times a day so they release all that crazy kitty energy instead of them releasing that energy on you or your home. Cats delight in stalking imaginary prey so the best toys are those that bounce, dance around, and look alive. See our pet stores resource page for a list of stores that carry a wide variety of toys.
Since cats can't go to the nail salon for a mani/pedi they need to groom their nails on a scratching post. Provide your cat with a sturdy scratching post covered with rough material such as sisal, burlap, or tree bark.
The Healthy Cat
Your cat should see the veterinarian at least once a year for an examination and immediately if she/he is sick or injured. Kittens require veterinarian visits every three to four weeks until they reach the age of four months. Older cats (ages 9 and up) require bi-annual visits. See our pet vets resource page for a list of reputable local vets.