Cats come in many shape, sizes and colors. Nobody can tell you what type of cat to get. That is a personal decision. But one thing you have to remember, if you get a kitten, it will grow up and look different, it will not be its cute little kitty self. You have to be willing to accept change. Kittens and cats do not need as much attention as dogs and puppies. But, they have to be fed, bathed, brushed, socialized and played with on a regular basis, but again not as much as dogs. Getting any type of pet should be thought out very carefully, weigh the pros and cons and decide if now is the time to get a pet.
Now here are a few easy tips…
How to Find a Place for a Cat?
Most cats will lay and sleep anywhere. You can buy a cozy bed for you cat if you want, this will let your cat know it has its own place.
Some cats tend to like being around people and would most likely want to sleep in the bed with you. This is something you are going to have to really consider ahead of time. Usually once you let a cat sleep on your bed once, they find it comfortable and want to sleep their ALL the time. If you like having space to move around, letting the cat sleep with you would not be a good idea. If you decide you do not want the cat to sleep on your bed, start training as soon as you get it. It may take awhile. You will have to take the cat off the floor and sternly tell it no. It might be a good idea to put a cat bed near by so you can put the cat in its OWN bed to help it understand better, that is where it is supposed to sleep.
Small kittens should be kept in a cage or in a closed room with a litter box, food and water at night to keep them out of mischief or from having accidents on the floor. Kittens also like to feel secure. If you do place them in a cage at night you can wear an old shirt you don’t really like for a few hours and when you put the kitten to bed, put the shirt in his cage. The smell of you on it will comfort him.
How Much Water Should a Dog Drink a Day?
Cats need plenty of water, just as people do. Water is very essential to a cats well being. Fresh water should be available at all times. Every day the water should be changed and the bowl should be cleaned to eliminate any bacteria. If you are using a small bowl, be sure to make sure there is water in it at all times. A cat can not drink too much water. The more active the cat or the warmer the weather, the more water the cat needs.
Water is an essential part of a cat’s diet: An average cat requires between 150ml and 200ml of water daily.
Cats Can Become Dehydrated
A cat may be dehydrated even when drinking plenty of water due to medical problems, over-activity, heat or stress. One way to easily determine this condition is to check for skin elasticity. On the upper back just below the shoulders, using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the skin gently, lift up and then let go. If the skin returns to normal quickly, your pet is absorbing enough water. If not, encourage your cat to drink more water and call the vet immediately. If your cat is drinking lots of water and not using the litterbox and you are certain she is not urinating somewhere else besides the litterbox, call the vet immediately.
Cat Medical Care
Just as people should have a good doctor they can talk to and relate to, a cat should have a good vet. It is important to have their shots up to date. There are several different types of viruses that are very harmful to cats, and no matter how well you try and guard your cat, it can be exposed to them. A cat can be exposed to a virus in their own house, simply by associating with other pets outside your home, visitors or stepping in the virus outside from another animal. Also, most states if not all require a rabies vaccination. There is a one year and a three year rabies vaccination available, you can talk to your vet and see which best suits your cat. If your cat seems sick and does not seem to get better or worsens, it is best to take him to see a vet before it gets worse. It is best to be safe than sorry.
Vaccination schedule for most cats as outlined by the Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
|7 weeks||Combination Vaccine*: without Chlamydophilia (formerly called Chlamydia).|
|10 weeks||Combination vaccine*: include Chlamydophilia where it is a concern. FeLV: if the kitten is at risk of exposure to an infected cat; blood test prior to vaccination.|
|12 weeks or older||Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law).|
|13 weeks||Combination vaccine*: include Chlamydophilia where it is a concern. FeLV: for kittens at risk of exposure to an infected cat.|
|Adult||Combination vaccine*: include Chlamydophilia where it is a concern. FeLV: for cats at risk of exposure. Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (time interval between vaccinations may vary according to law).|
Consult with your local veterinarian to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your cat. Recommendations vary depending on the age and health status of the cat, the potential of the cat to be exposed to the disease, whether the cat remains indoors or also goes outdoors, the type of vaccine, whether the cat is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the cat lives or may visit.
* A combination vaccine includes panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Some may also include Chlamydophilia (Chlamydia).
FIV: Cats should be tested prior to receiving an FIV vaccine. Consult your local veterinarian.