Cats can make wonderful, loving pets. Without a diet like this, cats can get sick or become overweight. Read the following tips to ensure a long life and healthy relationship with your pet cat.
If your cat is an outdoor cat or a cat that has a habit of getting outside, they need proper identification. The cat should have a safety collar and an ID tag. Safety collars that have elastic bands allow cats to get out of the collar if they get it caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help your cat get returned if they’re lost.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.
Keep the litter box clean. Cats are naturally very clean animals, and a dirty litter box will have your cat looking for alternative places to relieve himself. Cats also value their privacy, so try to locate the box in an area that does not get a lot of foot traffic.
Do not feed your cat any kind of human food that contains bones in it. If you are giving your cat chicken or fish, be sure to remove the bones beforehand to prevent a choking hazard. Chop the food that you serve into small bits to make it easier to digest for your cat.
Place a ‘tablecloth’ under your cat’s food bowl. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. This can result in you having to clean up food outside its bowl if you don’t use a tablecloth. You can also use any type of mat underneath your cat’s eating apparatus to reduce the mess.
Tell your kids what the rules are about your new kitten. Let your kids know where the cat can go. They should know that indoor cats can’t go outside. If your children know the rules beforehand, mishaps are less likely.
While children should help with the care and responsibilities of a cat, leave the litterbox duties to the grownups or older children. A cat’s litterbox can carry diseases and parasites. Since younger children may not follow proper handwashing procedures, this job is better left to those older and more responsible.
What your cat eats will determine how healthy he is. There are many things you need to know to have a healthy cat. Do what is best for the cat and provide good food.