A Guide to getting your first Kitten & Owning Your First Cat
Cats are amazing creatures and extremely comforting pets. So if you’ve made the decision to own your very first feline friend, you can look forward to sharing many great moments together. However, one important factor to remember is that you must provide your new pet with love, care, and attention to ensure they live a happy life. It’s also your responsibility as an owner to provide them with sufficient living conditions too.
If you care for your cat and you look after them, then the reward is certainly worth it. So to brush up on your knowledge or to learn the essentials from scratch (no pun intended) take a look at this very owner guide.....
Signs Your Ready To Get Your First Kitten
Seeing those kittens in the window as you walk into town. Scrolling through Instagram and being blessed with tiny furballs of love. Kittens are everywhere and really, it’s pretty great. It’ll leave you telling your partner “So, when are we having our own?”, a kitten we mean, not a baby. Though, is there a difference?
The question is though, no matter how cute they are, are you really ready for the responsibility of becoming a parent? Here are the signs you are ready to get your first kitten!
You Have Done Your Research
Kittens cost a lot of money to look after, there are insurance costs, food bills, treatments and the many trips to the vets that you will need to make. Not to mention all of the things you will need for your home to keep your kitten comfy; such as lush , suave , durable , scrumptious , and reliable for when they are old enough to roam the garden.
You Have The Time
Money is very important in being able to look after a kitten but so is time. So, while you will need to be working or have the financial capability to give your new fur baby a life of luxury, you also need to be able to take some time off. Bonding with your kitten and ensuring the first few weeks and months go off without a hitch is vital to a happy kitten and a happy you, soon you’ll be BFF’s.
You’ve Slept On It, Over and Over
A kitten for your Birthday, Christmas or even a proposal can seem like the most romantic of all gestures. However, it is not a decision that you can make overnight or in the moment. Like planning for a family, you need to make sure that not only are your life circumstance suitable, it’s also that you are ready to make that leap into parenthood.
You’ve Been Scouting Your Local Adoption Centres
The best way to get your new kitten is certainly through rescuing them rather than being bought off gumtree (huge animal welfare risks). So, if you’ve been ogling mittens who is waiting down the road from you in a rescue center for months, maybe it’s time to go visit. It may take a few attempts before you find your new friend, after all, pets choose us!
You Know The Difference Between An Animal And Family
It’s very easy to see our four-legged friends as animals but a true animal lover knows that each animal that is brought home is a member of the family. If you are willing to give the next decade and a half (as well as all your love) to little mittens, then yeah, you’re ready. Ultimately the decision is down to you and you probably already know the answer inside. Considering you are reading this article, it may mean that you are well on your way to kitten heaven! The real question is, how many kittens are you going to adopt?
How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home
Cats are often described as being solitary and territorial animals which do not get along with other cats. But the truth is that cats which grow up together almost always develop a good relationship and it is also possible to successfully introduce a new cat to your home. Some cats will never learn to coexist but most will do just fine when they learn that they do not have to compete for food or somewhere safe to sleep. If you wish to welcome a new cat to your home then it does help if you get off to a good start!
How To Settle Your Kitten Into Their New Home
There’s no doubt that bringing a kitten home is an exciting and magical time. Kittens are just so darn cute and fluffy, but as adorable as they look, they need a lot of care, attention and patience.
Imagine being taken from your family and transported to a brand new place with strange people you don’t know. Felines are very territorial, and form tight bonds with their mom and littermates, which makes the change of scenery even more daunting. They often take a little while to settle in, and need their new owners to be patient and understanding.
Before getting a kitten, you should carefully consider whether you have the time to care for them, and think about whether your house and location is suitable for a cat. Although cats are easier to look after than dogs, taking on a new kitten is still a big commitment. Just make sure you and your family are ready.
The first few days, and even weeks are very overwhelming for little kitties, and it’s your job to make things as pleasant as possible for them. If you are new to cat ownership, and haven’t raised a kitten before, don’t fret, we’ve got it covered. Here’s some top tips and handy advice for settling a new bundle of fluff into your home.
Give them time
It’s so tempting to scoop up your new kitten in your arms and fuss over them for hours on end. However, this is certainly not what they need in the early stages of settling into their new home. You need to give your new kitty space to explore on their own terms, and introduce them to things gradually. Don’t bring the entire family into one room to meet them straight away, slowly introduce family members one by one as they become more at ease.
Perhaps keep them in one room to start with, so they can get used to their surroundings, and then step by step, let them uncover additional parts of the house. Never force them to do anything they don’t want to, and wait for them to come to you for some attention, rather than cornering them or picking them up straight away. You need to build up trust and strengthen your bond. Some more confident cats might jump into your arms right away, but many will need more time to feel at ease.
Make sure everyone in your household understands that your new family member will need time to settle. Explain that the house needs to be fairly quiet, especially for the first couple of days. Kittens can be very delicate, so if there are kids in the home, you should teach them how to handle them properly and explain that they need to be gentle.
It’s advisable to take some time off work when you get a new kitten, so that you can be there for them as they get used to their new home. Just make sure someone is always around initially to keep an eye on them, for the first 24 to 48 hours at least.
Kitten proof your home
Cats are escape artists, and they also have a habit of ending up in the strangest of hiding places. They can easily get stuck whilst trying to hide away somewhere in your house, so you need to kitten proof your home before they get there. Here’s how to kitten proof your pad
- Keep windows closed to stop your kitten from pouncing out into the unknown.
- Consider places your kitten could fall from and keep them out of bounds or find ways to make them safe.
- Check your home for any potential safety hazards such as cables and sharp objects, or plants that are poisonous to pets.
- Keep your toilet seat down, as cheeky cats will often climb inside and get stuck.
- Think about potential escape routes in and around your home, the last thing you want your new kitten to do is find a way outside and get lost or hurt.
- Remove anything they could try to eat, chew, scratch or swallow including objects and hazardous household chemicals.
Stock up on supplies
Your kitten will also need a lots of supplies to keep them happy. It’s best to purchase these bits before they arrive, so they have everything they need to settle in comfortable. A cosy bed and some super fun toys can make all the difference. Your kitty will also need a litter trays, Cat litter, Food and water bowls, a scratching post and some healthy kitten food.
We’ve got a huge selection of special products for kittens, including all the bits and bobs you need to help them settle. Take a look at the Time for Paws website and browse through our cat and kitten section. Got any questions about kitten supplies? We’re here to help, contact us and we can point you in the right direction!
A safe haven
Your new kitten will also need a room to stay in with a few places where they can hide away if they want to. Place their bed in here, and their water and food should be separate from their litter tray. Once your cat is happy in this room, you can start showing them around other rooms in the house.
On their first night in their new home, and for a few nights afterwards, your kitten might cry. Don’t worry this is normal, they just need more time to get used to their surroundings and settle into their bedtime routine.
Visit your vet
In the first couple of days you might want to take your kitten to register with your local vet ad have a health check. This can put your mind at rest and highlight any potential issues. Your vet can also advise you on vaccinations. Click here for more info on health and vaccinations.
So that’s all the basics covered, now you can think about bringing your new family member home. Good luck and enjoy the wonders of having a cat in your life!
The First Day
Choose a quiet time for your introduction when there are no visitors to the house. Confine the new cat to one room and stroke its head using a cloth. Then take the cloth and wipe it on furnishings in other rooms to mark them with the cat’s scent. This will help your other cat or cats to familiarise themselves with the scent. You could also consider swapping the cats’ bedding around so that they can all smell each other before a physical introduction. Allow the new cat to explore each room first without meeting the other cats. Keep your pets separate for a couple of days if you are able to.
It is best to introduce your new cat to the rest of your feline family when they are in their carrier. This will reduce the chances of your other cats seeing them as a threat and will protect them against any initial aggression. However, do not use the carrier if the cat is unsettled by it as this might teach it to associate the carrier with a stressful experience.
Place the carrier in a room with the other cats and observe their behaviour. If there is little or no aggression from any of the animals then it should be possible to make a full introduction. If things look less friendly then remove the new cat from the room and try again later. Follow this procedure until the mood improves.
Face to Face
When it is time for an unrestricted meeting choose a room with furnishings that the cats cat retreat behind or jump onto to get away from each other. Place the new cat in the room with the others and allow them to interact. You could experience any reaction from calm indifference to a major scrap. If the meeting is a peaceful one then you can then give your new pet the run of the house. If things don’t go quite so well then remove your new cat from the room and try again later in the day. Keep trying until the cats react calmly to the situation.
As long as your cats have a good supply of Food, plenty of affection and enough room in the house to create their own personal space then they should all learn to get along. Some with always remain indifferent to their housemates and others will develop strong bonds. In rare cases they never learn to tolerate each other and a new home may have to be found for the latest arrival.
Equipment and Supplies
Before you decide to bring your cat home to their new surroundings, remember to buy the necessary equipment for them first, allowing them to live in comfort.
Here are some of the essential items you’ll need:
- Food bowls/dishes
- Drinks bowl
- Flea spray
- Cat carrier
- Cat furniture
After the first couple of weeks as you become more acquainted with your cat, you will start to realize which additional items, if any, you need.
Additional supplies can be purchased at a later date, once your cat has had time to familiarise themselves with their new home.
The new world you provide for your kitty needs to be fun, safe, and stimulating too. Whilst your cat is being kept indoors, they still need to engage in natural instinct activity and behavior.
Without engaging in these actions, your cat can become depressed, irritated and bored.
Providing your feline friend with a safe and active environment is easy to achieve if you follow these tips.
- Place cat toys around the home to encourage stimulation of the mind and regular playtime sessions
- Clear valuable items from shelves and work surface so that your cat doesn’t knock them over
- Make sure that sharp objects are not left on display as they could cause injury to your pet
- Use a scratch post so your cat can release energy and clean their paws and mark their territory too
- Place a few treats around the home so that your cat can hunt for them
- Hide all cleaning products and medicines away in a locked cupboard so your cat can’t gain access to them
- Keep windows and doors shut if your cat is not meant to go outside until they are vaccinated (More info in below)
- Shut all appliance doors when not in use – a washing machine can seem like the perfect sleeping place for a cat
- Keep toilet lids shut to avoid your feline friend falling in
- Use covered rubbish bins in the kitchen and around the home
- Hide electrical cables behind furniture or use a cable protector to store them safely
Naughty Kitten Behaviour
You’ll be hard pushed to find somebody who doesn’t like kittens, or at the very least finds them somewhat adorable. Whether it’s the way they try to practice pouncing (faces all focused while their little butts do a dance) or just their tiny, fluffy faces there is no doubt that Kittens are one of the cutest animals on earth. It’s no wonder that the internet is overrun with ‘cute cat videos’ but any cat owner will know that our feline friends have an annoying side…. A super annoying side; and below are some of the reasons why. Jumping onto Counters and other places they shouldn’t go Starting off simple, kittens love to explore and, while this can be cute and perfect for photo opportunities if what they are exploring is a suitcase or tiny cardboard box, when this leads to jumping on kitchen counters it can get frustrating.
All of a sudden that lasagne you lovingly baked for tea somehow has cat hair in it? At least you actually get to eat that though, the leftover chicken that you left on the side has already been devoured by your fluffy companion. Although this loss of food can be annoying for us, it can be dangerous for your kitten. Make sure anything harmful to your cat is out of reach if you find he or she likes to jump on your counters and nibble on things that don’t belong to them.
Using you as their own personal Space Heater
Have you ever woken up to find yourself buried under a mound of fur? Kittens love to lie on your face while you sleep, and although you might think it’s because they love you, it’s more than likely just because you are warm; yes, you are their radiator. Even if you don’t mind your cat sleeping on your face, it’s vital you never leave a cat alone with a baby as this can prove to be very dangerous to the child who is unable to push the cat off them.
‘Mad Hour… Or two….Or three…’
So your cat is off your face and you’ve just settled down to rest when, all of a sudden, they are very awake. By this I don’t mean they are just wandering around the house, no, they are running around on the laminate flooring and pouncing off the couch. When kittens and cats do this they are often just following their instincts as they are naturally more active at night; when their prey are also about. The best way to calm down this kind of behaviour is to try and keep your kitten as entertained as possible during the day so they are tired at night – and if all else fails invest in some earplugs! (And like before keep anything that could harm your cat out of reach).
Bringing you ‘Presents’
Definitely one of the most annoying points of owning a cat is the ‘presents’ of dead animals they like to bring to you. Unfortunately there is little you can do to avoid this, as it’s not about the cat being underfed and is more about your cat wanting to look after you. In fact, cats often think that we aren’t clever enough to hunt for ourselves and therefore, by bringing you that dead mouse, they are just trying to look after you…. I guess that’s kind of sweet? These are just some of the annoying things kittens can do - we didn’t even go into scratching and late night meowing – but really, isn’t that a small price to pay for how cute they are?
Training Your Cat
Although most people believe that it’s not possible to train a cat, this is not actually the case.Cats aren’t as responsive as dogs because they’re not as social and they were bred and domesticated primarily to kill vermin. However, if you train them from an early age then it is possible to achieve - with a little patience and creativity of course! Training any animal will stimulate their body and mind, keep them healthy, and also build and strengthen the relationship between yourself and your pet cat.
- First of all, you need to use tasty treats so that the cat can be rewarded for carrying out the desired action. Small chunks of tuna or cat treats are a good choice in this instance.
- With repetition and reward it’s possible to make your cat sit and also come to you on command when called - but remember, practice makes perrrrfect (pun intended, this time).
- Never lose your temper with your cat as this can cause them stress, behavioral problems - such as compulsive grooming, and even make them more vulnerable to disease.
- Persuasion, as opposed to punishment, is the best way to train your cat.
Games To Play With Your Cat
Playing is great for your cat’s development. It teaches them lots of different skills, many of which are natural predatory instincts that they need to express. Some of the skills they learn in play are similar to hunting skills they would use in the wild. Play is also an excellent way of burning some energy and alleviating boredom. It keeps cats fit, healthy and happy. Here are a few games to play with your cat.
Cats can spend a considerable amount of time indoors, even if they have ready access to the world outside. They can become bored and overweight if they so not receive adequate stimulation and so it is enormously beneficial if you take the time to play with your cat. It is great fun too and there are a variety of cat toys that you can invest in or even make yourself to liven up play time.
Ping Pong Ball
For some reason cats imply adore ping pong balls. They will chase them around and play with them for ages. Stock up on a few ping pong balls and watch your cat enjoy hours of fun. Make sure you supervise them at all times.
Cats adore chasing after feather wands. Attach a bit of feather to a piece of string or buy a feather wand. Your cat will jump in the air, dart about and try and clasp the feather with their paws. It’s an adorable game to watch and your cat will have a great time.
Cats like playing with any kind of ball to play with. Cats can actually be taught to fetch and some cats really enjoy a game of fetch. Many cats love nothing better than the chase and so will pursue balls with great vigour. Balls of silver foil or paper give you toys for free and some cats will even retrieve these when you throw them. Every cat is an individual and so you should experiment with different balls and materials to see what gets your cat energised. It could be something as simple as a sweet wrapper. Ping pong balls can produce particularly hilarious behaviour as cats will jump at them when they bounce but find them extremely hard to grip on to.
Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a brilliant game for cats as it enables them to enhance their stalking skills. Cats will naturally hide in places around your home and then jump out at you when you least expect it. You can also try and hide from them and let them stalk you.
Treats Under Cups
Get some plastic cups and put your cat’s favourite treats under some of the cups but not all of them. Your cat then has to bat over the cups to get the treats. It’s a great game for mental stimulation and is fascinating to watch.
Toys For Chasing And Pouncing
Chasing and pouncing are natural hunting instincts. Get your cat some toys that they can chase and pounce on such as soft Soft Toys or fake mice and rabbits. Then sit back and watch as they try and catch their prey.
Crumples paper seems to make a sound that cats love. They just can’t resist a nice crumply bit of paper. Get a piece of paper and scrunch it up into a ball. Throw it on the floor and let your cat play with it. Take it away from them if they start to chew or eat the paper and discard it after play has finished. There are many different toys which are available to buy from our website to view.
Playing with your cat will help it to build muscle tone and should considerably reduce any behavioural issues that have developed. Wand toys are always a good starting point when you want to get your cat moving. Wand toys are simply wands or sticks featuring feathers, ribbons or small toys dangling from a piece of string. Most cats are excited by these and will be happy to chase the attachments around the rooms for as long as you have the energy to play along.These Cat Toys enable your cat to practice their hunting skills and are sure to yield plenty of laughs as your cat leaps around trying to snaffle their prey.
If you have never exposed your cat to cat nip then you are in for a treat! Many cats find Catnip irresistible and they will exhibit a bizarre range of behaviours when then smell it. Cat nip can cause your cat to enter a trance like state, to roll around on the floor and to dribble. Cat nip is available loose and can be sprinkled on the floor but for a less messy option purchase toys stuffed with cat nip to add a new dimension to play time.
There is really no telling what will prove to be your cat’s favourite toy. It could be the toy mouse that you carefully chose for him or it could be something that just happens to be lying around the house. Some cats can’t resist wrapping paper whilst others are inexorably drawn to ribbons. It could be something that you offer them, it could be an item that they discover for themselves. Once you have found what gets your cat on the move keep their favourite toys to hand so that you can enjoy a little play every day. Just pray that they don’t choose your goldfish to play with or develop a passion for ripping up your mail!
If your cat has been vaccinated to explore outside the home you will also need to follow a few simple steps to make sure they are safe when out on their adventures.
Whilst the outside world is a cat’s playground, it’s also a place where dangers and disease can lurk.
So, to make their environment as safe as possible:
- Install a cat flap in your home so that they can roam freely and gain access inside when needed
- Keep your cat away from your garden if you’ve used herbicides and chemicals until the area is completely dry
- Make sure that they are not exposed to rat poison in your garden as this can be fatal
- Remove lilies, azaleas, daffodils, tomato plants and hydrangeas as these can be toxic
- Check with the vet that the correct vaccinations have been provided before your cat starts exploring outside
- Make sure that the area is clear before reversing your car off the drive – cats will sometimes sleep under the car or near to the wheels
- Neuter your cat (more information under ‘Neutered and Spayed’ below) to reduce the risk of fighting, transmitting disease, and pregnancy
Other Cats In Your Home
Although this guide is targeted towards owners of their first cat, it might not be all that long before you introduce another feline friend to your family.
Introducing another cat into your home requires time and patience. To start with, keep them separated initially.
If you keep the new cat in a separate room, it needs to have all of the essential equipment within it so that they can acclimatize to their surroundings.
When it comes to feeding both cats, do so near the closed door where the other cat is being kept so that they can adjust to the smells and sounds of one another.
After a few days, switch the cats over so that they become even more aware of each other’s environment and smell.
From here, start to play and interact with both cats in the doorway so that they can associate positive experiences with each other.
If both cats are displaying positive signs of behaviour then start to let them interact. However, never force them to interact if they don’t want to.
Over time they should start to interact more and more and become comfortable in one another’s company.
Eventually, you won’t need to keep them in two separate locations and the cats should be able to live together in harmony within one space.
Meeting Other People
Allow your cat time to settle into their new surroundings before you invite people over to say hello.
A week is a good amount of time and once they have acclimatized, friends and family can visit you to see your new cat.
When they arrive and they are in the company of your pet, keep a handful of treats in the palm of your hand to reward your cat for positive behaviour.
Most pet cats should feel relaxed around other people, although if there are any issues then move the cat away from the environment.
If you’ve recently got a young kitten, this is going to cause a lot of interest, but remind your guests not to pull, grab, or be too forceful with them.
Without any issues, your cat should feel relaxed and your guests will love interacting with your new furry family member.
Cats and Children
Children are likely to be fascinated by your cat. However, if they wish to interact with your feline friend, you need to make them aware of a few rules first.
Remember to tell children that they should never:
- Scream at your cat or intentionally make them jump
- Grab or pull them by their fur or tail
- Be aggressive or forceful with them in any way
- Run towards or startle them
If children are relaxed and gentle in their approach to your cat, there is less of a chance of your pet scratching and biting as a result of forceful or aggressive behaviour.
Registering With a Vet
One of the first priorities, when you bring your new cat back home, is to register with a local vet as soon as possible.
Make an appointment straight away. When you go and see the vet, they will be able to advise you on a suitable cat care programme.
It’s likely because this is the first cat that you have owned, that you will have a number of questions to ask regarding your pet’s health. Due to this, before you go, write down a list of questions you have in mind.
Registering with a vet is hugely important and is as vital to your cat’s health as registering with the doctors is to your own health – so make sure this is done.
Injections and Vaccinations
To avoid illness and the spread of disease and infections your cat should be vaccinated at the earliest stage possible. This will prevent them from becoming unwell and will give you peace of mind that they are safe when roaming outside.
Kittens will need to receive injections at the age of nine and twelve weeks, however, it’s advised to check what injections your cat needs when you register with your local vet.
Vaccinations can protect your cat against:
- Feline infectious enteritis – cat plague
- Feline herpes virus – upper respiratory infection
- Feline leukemia virus – a virus that can cause cancer
- Feline calicivirus – cat virus that can cause respiratory infection and oral diseases
Without vaccinations, diseases can cause pain and distress to your pet and in some cases the outcome can be fatal. Make sure that you prevent the spread of disease by getting your cat vaccinated at the earliest stage possible.
Infections and Symptoms
Cats can catch a number of infections, so if they haven’t been vaccinated then look out for any of the following signs and symptoms of illness. The table below highlights some of the most common cat infections.
Feline infectious enteritis
Accumulation of fluid within the abdomen or chest, breathing difficulties, lack of appetite, fever, weight loss, diarrhea, difficulty in standing and walking
Feline herpes virus
Sneezing, eye and nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, fever, loss of appetite, depression, ulceration of the mouth and tongue, pneumonia
Feline leukaemia virus
Pale gums, yellow colour in the mouth and whites of eyes, poor coat condition, weakness and lethargy, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties
Loss of appetite, eye discharge, nasal discharge, ulcers on tongue and tip of the nose or on claws, pneumonia, fever, arthritis
Lethargic, diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of intake of food and drink, dry skin, dehydration, dull and lifeless fur, and coat
If at any time you suspect that your cat may have caught an infection, seek veterinary advice immediately.
If infections are discovered early and vaccinations or medication can be provided, your cat can return to full health without any further problems.
Neutered and Spayed
To stop unwanted breeding and litters and to reduce the risk of developing diseases, cats can be neutered or spayed. When male cats are neutered it can cause them to stop engaging in fighting.
Male cats are neutered, whereby the testicles are removed and in female cats, the ovaries and uterus are removed.
Male cats should be neutered between five and six months of age and female felines can be spayed at the same time, however, it is possible to complete the operation when your cat is older.
Speak to your vet if you wish to proceed with this option.
Cats need to be given regular treatments to stop them from suffering from fleas. Your vet can advise you on a suitable flea treatment and these can be purchased from supermarkets and pet supplies stores as well as the vets.
Remember, NEVER use a dog flea treatment on your cat as this can be fatal. Instead, use specific cat flea products for the best results and to avoid your cat becoming unwell.
If your cat develops fleas then they will display the following symptoms:
- Red or inflamed skin
- Small dark flecks on their fur/skin
If your cat catches fleas, not only will you need to treat the cat, you will also need to eradicate them from your home too.
Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean your carpets and floors before applying an effective flea spray. When cleaning the home, be sure to vacuum in places where your cat spends time and also in warm areas where fleas can thrive.
With the correct treatment and cleaning, both your home and cat will be flea free in no time at all.
To keep your cat’s health in good check, it’s important to follow a strict worming programme. Worms can cause suffering, illness and in the most extreme cases of death.
Kittens from six to 16 weeks of age should be de-wormed every three weeks. After this phase, from four months onwards, both cats and kittens need to be de-wormed every three months.
Some of the symptoms that can be observed over time for worms are:
- Increased appetite
- Dry or coarse fur
- Weight loss
- Anaemia – pale gums
It’s even possible that worms can spread from pets to humans, so make sure you wash your hands after handling your cat if you suspect they have worms.
Ask your vet what the best treatment for your cat is so they don’t end up catching worms.
Purchasing cat insurance is a wise move. Insurance will assist you with healthcare costs and the overall wellbeing of your new feline friend.
Younger cats are more at risk as they develop and learn about their surroundings. However, regardless of this, insurance is important for a cat of any age.
Without insurance in place, if your cat falls ill and requires surgery or medication, costs can quickly escalate out of control.
Insurance can protect you against:
- Vets’ bills
- Treatment costs
- Death from illness
- Death from injury
So, make sure that you’ve got sufficient insurance in place for your individual circumstances.
If anything does happen to your pet, you’ll be thankful that you took insurance out in the first place.
Food and Diet
When it comes to food for your kitty, a healthy and balanced diet is essential. Feeding your pet the right amount of food is also important for their health and to avoid obesity.
As cats are carnivores, they love to eat meats and commercial Cat Foods that contain nutrients. When you are determining what to feed your cat, their age, weight, and shape all play a part.
Remember that cats should also always have access to fresh drinking water, which should be provided daily. It is advisable to place the water in a bowl and place this next to their food bowl.
Kittens will start to eat solid foods from three weeks of age and are fully weaned at around eight weeks.
To begin with, kittens will need five small meals a day as they develop because during this stage they are extremely energetic. This pattern should change once they are six months of age where two meals a day will suffice as they become an adult cat.
Commercial cat food is a good way to provide your cat with the daily nutrients they need. With cat food of this nature, you can follow the advice on the packaging with regards to how much you should be feeding them. Remember that overfeeding can lead to obesity and reduced quality of life.
Feeding twice daily – once in the morning and once in the evening will be enough for your cat to take what they need from their food.
The occasional treat is also a good idea, although don’t offer treats all the time as your cat will soon put on weight.
Here are some of the foods that you can feed your cat and others that you should avoid.
Food you can feed your cat
Food you should not feed your cat
Cooked lean meats
If your cat eats anything that they shouldn’t have then it’s best to seek veterinary advice immediately. Intake of a small proportion of foods that they shouldn’t eat may not be a problem, however, it’s always best to check just in case.
Also, monitor how much your pet is eating. If they are skipping meals or leaving large quantities of food then there may be an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed.
With a balanced and healthy diet, your cat will consume the right amount of calories and nutrients in order to live a happy life.
25 Annoying Things That Cats Do
We all absolutely adore our cats. In fact, we love them so much that we are often happy to let them get away with quite a lot. Many cats have very specific annoying habits that can be really frustrating. Cats are very smart animals and they certainly know how to make things go their way. It is difficult to understand why cats do certain things, but they definitely do not fail to be entertaining. If you are a cat lover then you will be able to relate to some of the following annoying habits and behaviours.
- Scratch you for no reason
- Chasing the cursor around the computer screen
- Pouncing on you when you are asleep
- Follow you around 24/7
- Meowing in the night
- Tormenting the dog
- Distract you from working
- Playing with toys early in the morning
- Not take no for an answer
- Bringing dead animals inside
- Breaking things, especially plants
- Request belly rubs, but only three
- Following you into the toilet
- Annoy you while you are trying to eat
- Hide in really awkward places
- Sit in your favourite chair
- Winding in and out of your legs when you are trying to walk
- Knocking stuff over on purpose
- Scratching furniture
- Going to the toilet in the house (not in litter tray)
- Sleeping on your bed
- Searching for meat in the rubbish bins
- Being able to detect people that don’t like cats, smothering them with love
- Digging their claws into you, pretending they don’t know how painful it is <
- Chasing everything that moves
Thanks for taking the time to read our latest pet user guide. The most fundamental part of owning a cat is to offer them love, care, and attention. If you look after your cat and give them a loving home, you will share many happy memories in the coming months ahead.
We hope this guide has been of use to you and we wish you the very best of luck in bonding, playing, caring and looking after your newest furry family member.
References and resources
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- Petfinder, Simple Tips for Introducing Two Cats:
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- Cat World, Feline Herpes Virus (Cat Flu)- Causes, Symptoms & Treatment of Cat Herpes:
- Web MD, Healthy Cats, Facts About Feline Leukemia Virus:
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12. RSPCA, Get worm wise:
13. Animal Planet, 5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat:
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