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Cats: Proper Ways to Take Care

April 21, 2013 by Ozzi Cat Magazine in Cat Care

Orange cat Oscar is sitting on a tree

Cats are adorable pets. These pets have manners and etiquette and do not constantly shoo away your guests. Cats are also less noisy when compared to dogs. Of course, they do not need to be walked to “do the business” as they do it naturally without the help from its owner. This is the reason why many people choose cats over dogs as their pets.

If you have a pet cat, or if you are planning to get a kitten home, make sure you take good care of it. Though they do not need constant attention, every pet certainly needs hygiene and care from its owner. Here are the basic and proper ways to take care of your cat.

The three basic things to be considered while caring for cats:

Bathing

Though bathing is not necessary to be done frequently, a proper wash monthly will ensure your cat to be disease free. Fleas and other insects often cling on to pet’s fur. To prevent this, make sure you wash your cat with lukewarm water and a mild, anti-bacterial soap. Wash thoroughly around the ears, head and neck because these are the places where fleas hide the most.

Feeding

One common mistake most people do with felines is that they feed them with dog food. This should never be done. A dog’s constitution is different from that of a cat. Never keep moist cat food out in the open for a long time, instead refrigerate it and serve it again. Although, dry food and snacks can be put out in the open. If the place where you are staying is a warm place, ensure a bowl of clean water can be accessed by your cat. If you turn vegan, do not suddenly replace meat and dairy products from your cat’s diet. Do it gradually so that your cat’s body can get used to a changed diet.

Grooming

Cats’ nails need to be clipped periodically to avoid injury during play. Long claws often get stuck in fabric during clawing. They might also hurt your skin during petting. Clipping their nails does not hurt your cat, unless you clip them beyond a certain level. Regularly clip only the claw coming out of the fur and trim them occasionally.

Cats make great pets because they require very little attention when compared to other pets. They are also loving and caring. Their way of showing affection is certainly different but they honor and value their owner the most! As a symbol of devotion, your cat may offer you things from its “conquest” like a broken wing of an insect or a soft toy sending out a message “I offer you this special part of my hunt to you as I respect you the most”.

About the author:

Hello! I am Lucy and I am a veterinarian. I love animals and I also love writing. In my free time, I write articles on animals and finance related topics like insurance, missold ppi, etc.

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