How to get and care for a cat

Your cat can not only be a pet, but also a friend and companion.  Feline pets are primarily solitary animals, but there are exceptions depending on breed and, to a large extent, how they are treated early in life.  If you really care about your cat, why not take care of it.  When a cat is well groomed, happy, and satisfied, you will be rewarded with a loyal and friendly pet.

The best way to get a cat is probably to buy one from your local pet store, S.P.C.A, or a registered animal shelter.  They are usually deexed or neutered, have been vaccinated against some of the nasty diseases that cats can suffer from, and are used to humans.

Another way would be to ask a friend for a kitten when her cat has had a litter.  You may already know the mother, and a kitten may very well have the same temperament, color, and markings.  Although this is not always the case.

Before taking a kitten to your home, it should have been weaned from its mother’s milk.  Just like a human baby, breast milk contains antibodies, essential fats and nutrients for the newborn kitten to grow and be healthy from birth.  He should be active, with clear eyes, no visible discharge from his nose or mouth, and eat well.

Once you bring the kitten home, you will need to provide them with bowls to eat and drink, a warm and safe place to sleep, away from children who may want to play with them all the time but don’t realize that a  kitten will.  need constant naps or cat naps.  Kittens are very playful, so they must have small toys that awaken their curious nature and prepare them for life outside the home.  A scratching pole is a good idea for your pet to learn to use in place of your household furniture to sharpen their claws.

You will notice that the kitten will love to run after and pounce on things that move.  It’s a preparation for the hunt, and although they don’t need it because you provide their food, hunting is in their nature, so they have to train and play, that’s how it is.  they’re doing it.  Cats will usually catch and kill birds and small rodents once they learn how, although they may not be hungry.  If you want to discourage this, you can put a small bell on a collar to make the birds hear the cat more easily.

Food for a cat should be natural if possible.  A variety of different fresh meats and fish are ideal with quality canned foods as a variety.  Milk and water are also part of a healthy diet.  Cats love milk, but cow’s milk can cause problems for adult cats due to the lactose or calcium it contains, so consult your local vet for advice.  You may need to buy special cat milk at the supermarket.  If your cat does not seem to be drinking water, don’t worry as they are probably drinking from a source outside the home.

If you notice a problem with your cat’s behavior, eating habits, or if he has a problem that you can actually see, take him to the vet as soon as possible.  Otherwise, it would be a good idea to let a vet examine your cat after six months or so, just to make sure there are no hidden issues.  An easy method of transporting a cat in a vehicle if you don’t have a proper crate or box is to wrap the cat in a towel and have someone hold it in their arms.  Flea treatment is a must for cats and can be obtained from your vet or supermarket.

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