Ways to care for a new kitten or cat

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If you already have a cat as a pet or you are considering owning one, you need to understand about general cat care. Here are some of the ways you can take care of your cat:

1. Feeding: Feeding your cat is very important because it determines its overall health and mood. If you don’t know what to feed your cat or kitten, you are advised to seek professional help from a veterinarian. The veterinarian will assess your cat/kitten and advice you on the best diet to feed the cat after considering their age, level of activity and health. Remember to provide clean water to your cat, wash and refill the bowls every day. If your cat shows any signs of diarrhea, anorexia, vomiting or lethargy, take it to your veterinarian for a check-up.

2. Housing: Your cat should be having a clean and dry place to sleep and rest. The place should be in your house to encourage your cat to live in your house. Your cat should be an indoor cat to avoid getting infested with fleas and ticks, getting attacked by other animals or being exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Remember to line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket. Finally, you should wash your cat’s bedding often to keep it clean, dry and odorless.

3. Scratching: All cats should be provided with a scratching post which is at least 3 feet high. There are different types of scratching posts depending on what your cat prefers. The post should be strong and stable to facilitate its use. It is important to understand that, if you provide a scratching post to your cat, you will not only prevent it from hurting other people but also using your furniture as scratching posts!

4. Medicines and poisons: If you suspect that your cat has ingested a poisonous substance, you should call your veterinarian or animal poison control centre immediately to get professional help. On the other hand, if your cat is sick, you should never give your cat a medication which has not been prescribed by a veterinarian because you might end up poisoning your cat. Therefore, seek professional advice or help every time your cat requires medical attention.

5. Litter box: Since your cat is an indoor cat, it should be provided with a litter box. The litterbox should be placed in a quiet and accessible location to make it easy to use. The box should not be moved unnecessarily because your cat would not be able to trace it.

However, if you are considering moving the litter box, you should move it a few inches per day. Remember to clean the litter box because your cat will never use a messy litter box. Use a mild detergent to clean the litter box to avoid discouraging the cat from using the litter box. Do not use ammonia, scents or deodorants to clean the litter box because cats do not like smelly surroundings.

Finally, if your cat is not using the litter box, contact your veterinarian because it may be due to a medical condition.

6. Vet Care: You should take your cat to a veterinarian at least once a year for annual shots and examination. However, if the cat is sick or injured, you should take it to a veterinarian immediately.