Things You Should Know About Cats

Friday, December 21, 2018


The entrance of a new member to the family is always a good reason to be happy; In the case of pets, we generally think very carefully before making the final decision. It is a decision as important as having a child because it must be treated as such. In this post we will tell you things you should know about Cats before making the decision to have one.

For this reason, the decision to have a cat must be taken unanimously by the whole family block. Once you decide if you really want a cat, you should know the following:

Will you have the time to go for a walk with him? Will you remember to exercise your cat once a day? Among other things that are related to the time variable. If the answer is no, and at home, there is no one else who can take care of these activities, it is best to consider the idea of bringing a pet home. Remember that they are living beings that like a child depend on you to meet their needs and the commitment to take a cat home is quite large. For this, you should bear in mind that the level of commitment to adopt or buy an animal is quite high.

If the answer is yes, you must choose the right cat for you so you can ensure that both you and your cat have a healthy and happy life.

Another thing to consider is that feeding and caring for a cat is not free. Your expenses will vary depending on whether you have a kitten or an adult cat, as well as the type of race you have.

You can feed your cat with balanced or moist food. There are many flavors, presentations, and brands. Choose the right food for your age (puppy, adult or older adult) and your physiological state (breeding, gestation, lactation, sterilization, etc.).

 You should leave the food all day in a place that is easily accessible to him and where there are no insects or rodents. You must have fresh, clean water in another container, although cats love to drink from the flowing water streams, like small droplets that fall from a badly closed tap. It is not advisable to feed them with homemade diets since it is more complicated to guarantee a correct nutritional balance.

On the other hand, do not forget about cleaning your cat, although they are cleaned naturally, long-haired breeds may require extra care. Brachycephalic cats or those with "wrinkled" faces such as Persians or Himalayas will often need to have their area around their eyes cleaned to prevent infection.

It is not necessary to bathe your cat since cats are very clean animals that are cared for continuously throughout the day. However, the more you brush it, the better it will be for your skin and hair. It will have a stronger, thicker, brighter and healthier mantle, without hairballs. Cats living on the street subject to changes in seasonal temperature and variations in light lose less hair compared to those living at home at a constant temperature and artificial light. This hair loss and the washing or licking of cats often causes these hair accumulations. Usually, they are expelled normally, but if this does not happen, their presence in the gastrointestinal tract can cause alterations such as vomiting, diarrhea, obstructions and lack of appetite, among other symptoms.

Accommodation

With respect to the environment of your home. These are some questions you should ask yourself:

Do you already have other pets? How will a new cat fit with them?
Do you have small children? Young children can be too hard on kittens and can accidentally hurt them.

What is the level of activity in your home? Are you energetic and are you constantly moving? Or do you prefer to relax quietly on the couch? Kittens tend to be very active and will need constant supervision. Adult cats are often quieter and need less supervision, although this may vary by breed and even depending on each individual cat.

In general, your pet should have its own clean, dry place in their home to sleep and rest. Cover your cat's bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please, keep your cat inside. Outdoor cats do not live as long as indoor cats. Cats that live outdoors risk being traumatized by cars or fights with other cats, raccoons, and dogs that travel freely. Coyotes are known to eat cats. Outdoor cats are more likely to become infected with fleas or ticks, as well as contracting infectious diseases.

Regarding the health of your cat. If you or someone in your home has allergies or other health problems, consider how a cat might affect them. Millions of people are allergic to things like dandruff, saliva, dead skin, and pet urine. Considering the length of the hair of the breed can help to avoid allergy problems. Another thing, your cat should see the veterinarian at least once a year for an annual exam and vaccinations, and immediately if he is sick or injured.

You should vaccinate and deworm your cat following the veterinarian's instructions. In general, an adult should be vaccinated annually against respiratory diseases, leukemia, and rabies, although the guidelines vary depending on where they live and are dewormed 4 times a year to avoid internal parasites. For external parasites, such as fleas, lice or ticks, there are several products that are easy to apply. Before using them, we must consult our veterinarian to choose the product that best suits our cat and our needs. Another fundamental aspect to keep your cat healthy and happy is hygiene. You should have a sanitary tray and change the cat litter daily since they do not like to use it dirty and will probably look for another place to satisfy their needs.

The cats must be sterilized and the male cats neutered at five months of age.

A breed of short-haired cat with a smooth and shiny hair is better for most people. These cats generally do not require extensive care. Although they lose hair, you can clean it quite easily with a vacuum cleaner or brush.

Moderately hairy medium-haired cats with long, loose coats require care. You will have to brush and comb your hair regularly. With long-haired cats, care is often required daily.
A few breeds do not have hair and are hypoallergenic. However, these cats routinely feel very cold and require things like sweaters to keep them warm. They also do not feel hairy when caressing them, which is undesirable for some people.

Consulting an encyclopedia of cat breeds or the internet can help you learn about the common characteristics of particular breeds, such as language, independence, and intelligence. However, keep in mind that each cat is different.

Purebred cats have advantages and disadvantages. The breeds have marked features that are often passed down through generations, such as the tendency of Siamese to meow all the time or the disposition of a Siberian to be manipulated. If it is very important that your cat has a particular characteristic, you can consider a thoroughbred cat, but remember that there is no guarantee that any of the features are present in each individual cat.

The type and age of the cat you adopt will affect the type of relationship you will have with him. Do you want a cat to accompany you and just relax with you? Or would you prefer a cat that keeps you entertained and interacts with you? Considering what you hope to get from having a cat will help you decide which type of cat is right for you.

Cat Identification

Identify your cat. If allowed outdoors, your cat should wear a safety collar and an identification tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to come loose if the collar snags onto something. And for both indoor and outdoor cats, an identification tag or an implanted microchip can help ensure that your cat is returned in case it is lost.

Do not forget the sandbox. All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet and accessible place. In a multi-level house, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary, but if you must do so, move the box a few inches per day. Keep in mind that cats will not use a dirty, smelly litter box, so take solid waste out of the box at least once a day. Discard everything, wash with a mild detergent and fill at least once a week; You can do this less often if you use grouping sand. Do not use ammonia, deodorants or aromas, especially lemon, when cleaning the litter box. If your cat does not use a litter box, check with your veterinarian. Sometimes, the refusal to use a litter box is based on a medical condition that requires treatment.

Finally, if you already decided that if you are going to acquire a cat you must obtain certain things before bringing it home:

• Box to make your needs.
• Absorbent sand.
• Scraper
•Toys.
•Hair Comb.
•Food.
• A feeder.
• One or several drinkers.
• The place to climb and rest.
• And a box to transport it.

It is important that you generate new habits and make arrangements at home that will help protect your cat.

-Limit access to balconies and terraces.
-Hide the electrical cables and block the socket that you do not use.
-Save pesticides and medicines.
-Some plants that you have at home can be toxic to cats.
-Save small items such as garters, pens, pencils, and needles.
-Do not leave plastic bags or objects made of foam around.
-Close the trash can lid and the toilet seat lid.
-Review with your veterinarian the list of poisonous substances.
-Find possible hiding places to minimize accident risks.

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