The Proper Care for Cats
What do cats need?
• Cat food
When cats are younger than 12 weeks, they need to have 4
small meals each day. After that you can trim the meals to 2 a
day. Water must also be provided but milk is not encouraged for
it would only cause diarrhea. Feeding them with grass from time
to time also helps in their digestion of food.
Some cats like to have a dry kibble available along with
their bowl of water. Soft food should only be given in the
amount the cat will eat and that bowl removed for washing as
soon as the cat has eaten. Check with your local pet store or
online for grass in containers for indoor pet.
• Cat Necessities
The first thing you need to provide for your cat is a litter
box. Choose the location carefully. Your cat will appreciate
privacy. There is a large selection of really cute screens to
put in front of the box.
There is a big variety of boxes to choose from as well as
types of litter. Not all litter is created equal. You need to
choose a safe for your cat litter even if it is more expensive.
Remember, cats lick their paws.
There are perfumed litters - not good. If you must use
something, try baking soda, just sprinkle in the box daily.
There are also disposable litter trays.
A post to scratch is another thing that must be provided by
the pet owner. You can tack a small piece of carpet low on the
wall or door if you prefer. If you train your cat to use a
scratching post or pad you will save considerable damage to
furniture, curtains and carpets.
You can sprinkle dried catnip on the scratching area to
encourage your cat to use this instead of the furniture.
An alternative to the scratching post is to trim your cats
claws on a regular basis. However since cat will try to claw
and stretch even if they have been declawed, I still recommend
a post or pad.
You will need a travel cage. It is much easier to take your
cat to the vet or groomer when you have a sturdy travel
• Cat grooming
Proper grooming must be given to cats. With a long-haired
cat, daily brushing is a must to avoid those mats that must be
cut out. Even short hair cat need a regular brushing just not
as often as the long hair.
If you allow your cat to go outside, he or she will pick up
fleas and possibly ticks. When the cat comes back in the house,
fleas take up residence in your rugs, furniture and beds.
Regular flea treatments must be given a cat that goes
If you start a kitten off with water baths, you should have
no problems as they grow up continuing that bathing routine.
You will have to do this at least twice a month. If someone in
your house is allergic to cats, you will have to bathe them
weekly. Be sure and use a gentle shampoo that is not harmful to
the animal. Dish soap is not safe.
You may choose to use a professional cat groomer if you are
not comfortable with the bathing routine or if your cat fights
Tooth brushing is also very hygienic. Again, if you start
when your cat is a kitten, you will not have problems with the
The only other things you need for your cat are toys, love,
time to cuddle and patience when your cat is a cat and decides
to ignore you for a while. Or praise when he or she brings you
a dead ---- because bringing you his kill is a great