Basic cat care tips for all cat owners

If you have a cat, then you may want to read our basic cat care tips that are for all cat owners, whether you have a new kitten or an older rescue cat that calls you their human…

cat care tips

Cats are some of the most popular pets for humans. Although they can be sensitive, they are tremendously good companions. Most cats enjoy their own time alone and may not need regular attention from their owners.

If you have a cat as your pet or you are considering getting a cat, you need to know how to take care of them. You need to know what, when and how much to feed your cats. Cats need to be fed a balanced diet including protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Therefore, you need to avoid feeding your cat the wrong food. Here are some tips for taking care of cats be they an indoor or an outdoor cat.

Keeping Your Cat Healthy

 Naturally, cats seem to groom themselves but there is a need for you to brush their hair several times especially for long haired cats. Use a comb with metallic strands for long haired cats. This will help reduce the shedding in your home. As you brush or comb through the fur, check out for parasites, lumps, bumps, skin infections, inflammations or anything suspicious. Let your veterinarian know if there is anything and take care of it as fast as possible.

cat care tips

Unlike humans, cats can’t tell us how they are feeling, when they are feeling well or not. They depend on the owners for everything. Taking them for checkups, medical examinations, vaccinations will keep them healthy and in good shape. For kittens, the vet should be visited more often than adult cats. Spaying your cat has several benefits. It helps against unwanted pregnancies and diseases. Asking your veterinarian for a recommendation on when to get cats spayed is the best idea. Interacting with your cat daily keeps it happy, active and fit. Always make sure they get enough play.

Feeding Your Cat

When choosing food for your cat, its age, physical condition, activeness and health history should be considered. It is very important to know how much to feed a cat. An average size adult cat needs around 250 calories a day with a balance of proteins, fats, vitamins, carbohydrates. The calorie needs of your cat depend on the size, weight, activeness. Water is very important to cats diet, cats that eat dry food should be given more water. Cats that eat dry food would do fine as long as they get plenty of clean water. If a cat has diabetes, skin diseases, the extra moisture in canned cat food will be helpful.

Quality cat food have a healthy balance of protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates. Cats need animal sources in order to get essential nutrients, so choose a cat food that uses animal protein and fat. The optimal diet for a cat is properly formulated raw, home cooked or grain-free canned diet.

Feeding Routine for Cats

After deciding on what kind of food to feed your cats, establish a regular feeding routine to keep your cat happy, comfortable and in shape. Measuring the portion of food helps your cat’s appetite. The way you measure your cats’ food will be dependent on the size, age, and weight. As a cat grows, they’ll have evolving nutritional needs, most times you may need to feed your cat according to its age. Foods that pose a threat to the health of cats include milk, grapes, raisins, raw bread dough, onion, chocolate. You should also avoid giving your cat too many treats. Treats should make up no more than 5% of your cat’s overall intake.

These basic cat care tips should help you and your feline friend manage the journey of being a cat owner. Although we know that really, the cats own us, they just let us think we own them…

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