A Quick Guide To Caring for Your Cat

A woman holds a catFor new owners, caring for a cat can be confusing. There are all sorts of things you need to know about feeding, housing, grooming and more. This quick guide will walk you through some of the basics of cat care.

Feeding

There are many different cat food products available. Owners not in the know may just assume that the cat food products at their local supermarket are safe and high quality, but in reality, many popular commercial products are the exact opposite. Because cats also tend to get most of their moisture from food, it is often best to choose a wet food product.

Dry foods can also be good but function best as supplementary treats to be fed in addition to wet food.

Litter

You should provide your cat with a litter box, which is basically a toilet for cats. As a general rude, it is best to have a separate litter box for each cat in your home.

Housing

While cats are independent animals and can walk the streets on their own and still find their way back home, it is best to keep them living and sleeping in the house. Allowing your cat to live in the house with you is both safer and tends to promote a longer lifespan.

It is a good idea to set aside a special area for your cat in your home, which will give him a place to retreat to when he wants some alone time or needs to sleep. You can purchase a bed for your cat or make one yourself with soft comfortable blankets and pillows.

Grooming

There are several important steps for keeping your cat well groomed.

Ear Cleaning: Special ear cleaning products designed for use in cats can be used to clear build-up from your cat’s ears.

Brushing: For longer haired cats, frequent brushing is recommended, and will help to reduce the amount of shedding. Combs can be used to untangle fur.

Bathing: While not as necessary for short haired cats, bathing can be a good idea for long haired cats. The video below will show you how to do this properly.
 

Exercise

Exercise is important to the health of any pet. Toys are a simple way to provide your cat with exercise, anything they can bounce around and chase will provide lots of entertainment and physical exercise. Allowing your cat outside to explore is also a good way to provide some much needed exercise.

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