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Caring for Cats

Caring for cats is not rocket science but it does pay to make a few preparations before bringing a cat into your home for the first time.

Whether it is a young kitten just weaned from its mother or an older cat being re-homed it is bound to be apprehensive and nervous. Some advanced planning will help the cat or kitten to settle into its new home.

Once a cat settles into a home it will usually select its own sleeping place but when it first arrives it is a good idea to have a basket for it to sleep in. A blanket on the base will make it more comfortable and the sides of the basket help to make the pet feel more secure.

No matter what the age of the cat you should not let it wander outside in the first week or two for fear of it getting lost. This means that you should invest in a litter tray and a supply of litter. You must make sure that the cat or kitten knows where the litter tray is and you may have to train your pet to use it.

Obviously you will need to get a supply of suitable food for your cat. There is a wide range available some of which is specially formulated for kittens, active or older cats. In time you will discover which type of food, dry, packet or tinned food it likes but initially especially for younger cats the packet foods could be best. Cats also need a good supply of water and this should be changed at least twice a day. You will also need suitable bowls for both food and drink and again you will need to show the cat where these will be.

Before you allow your cat out of the house for the first time you will need to give it a collar that carries either a disc or other identifying information. In time it is advisable to have your cat micro chipped but even then a collar and disc are still a good idea so that if it is lost anyone finding it can easily tell where to return it.

Once you have you kitten or cat you will need to take it to the vets for a check up and inoculations and for this you will need a secure cat carry basket. These can be purchased from your local pet shop as can a few toys and possibly a scratching post to keep the cat occupied.

Caring For Cats

There are some tell tale signs that your cat is pregnant, if you know where to look. Here are the most consistent ways to tell if your fluffy is about to have a family:

  • The first sign is that your cat will stop going in and out of heat. If you know her usual cycles, you can tell that she’s suddenly missed one.
  • If her nipples are becoming larger and pinker (known as pinking) she’s probably a few weeks along.
  • She will start getting hungrier, more often. After all, she’s eating for more than one. She will also get a little more affectionate.
  • Like humans, cats can get morning sickness. This usually occurs in the third week of gestation. As such, they may not feel like eating whenever morning sickness strikes.
  • About a month into the pregnancy, you’ll start to notice the abdomen getting larger.

The normal gestation period is 63 to 65 days, though your cat can go into labor as early as 60 days or as late as 70 days during their pregnancy.

While your cat is pregnant you’ll want to make sure they get proper nutrition as caring for cats is even more important during this period. A diet rich in calcium and protein is important.

If you’re not sure your cat is pregnant, don’t be tempted to squeeze the abdomen to see if there are kittens inside. This can harm the kittens and even cause a miscarriage. Only a trained professional should be performing this kind of examination.

As your cat nears her delivery date, restrict access to the outdoors in the last two weeks. Otherwise, you may end up having to fish a new litter out from under the house or the barn. The reason is simple, really. Cats like quiet places to give birth. So you’ll want to create a birthing place in your home that is away from the kids and excitement. You can put a kittening box in the area and get your cat used to sleeping there. That way she will know where to go when it’s time to give birth. An old blanket or towel will work well for a cushion in the box.

When the kittens finally arrive, don’t handle them too much. Mothers have been known to kill and eat their kittens if they don’t bond well or if they feel the kittens are being threatened by outsiders. Let them have lots of quality time together. You’ll have plenty of time to play with the new kittens in the coming weeks.

If you don’t want an additional litter, resist the temptation to let your cat go outside again too soon. Cats can get pregnant in as little as two weeks after giving birth, though eight weeks is more common. Caring for our cats is vital but also you probably don’t want another litter so soon anyway.

Remember that allowing your cat to become pregnant is a big responsibility. Not only will there be more mouths to feed, but you don’t want to be adding to the overpopulation problem by allowing a pregnancy without first knowing there are homes for the kittens. Shelters are filled with unwanted kittens. Be prepared for more work as you will now have many mouths to feed and cats to care for as fun as it will be most of the time.

Caring For Cats in a Small Apartment

Cats by nature are inquisitive, curious and nosy as well like to be perched up high. All of those uniquely catty attributes require a spacious landscape. What do you do when all you have is a small apartment to accommodate your cat? With the current state of the economy many people have to downsize or relocate due to mortgage arrears and or financial set backs.

Many loyal furry friends all across America have to adjust to a new and smaller reality. Relocating can be an uncomfortable experience for your entire family and that includes your family pet. To help you during your transition or if you have already relocated, there are ways of caring for cats in a small apartment that your perfect pet will greatly appreciate.

No matter how beautiful and modern your small apartment may be, it is for certain that your cat is not impressed with the square footage. A simple toy found at any local grocery store or pet store can occupy a lot of your cat’s time. Another advantage of getting a toy for your cat is; it can provide your pet with the opportunity of much needed exercise. As, your cat runs tirelessly around in circles enjoying their cat and mouse mind play, your cat will begin to forget all about their small playing grounds. When deciding to purchase a toy for your feline, always consider the possible noise, danger and messy havoc the toy can have in your life. Do not get a toy that is too loud, potentially dangerous for your cat or you, or that may cause damage to your home. Be careful and cautious when picking that perfect toy for your kitty.

A comforting gesture towards your cat is to build your cat their very own personal cat space. A cat space can be built in any cozy area near the location in your apartment you most frequent. The cat space should include a puffy and wide pillow or small comfortable pet bed. To add a personal flair you can drape or lay a piece of your clothing on or near the pet bed or pillow. Your clothing can be a small shirt or scarf, anything small and petite that carries your scent will do. Your cat will be comforted by recognizing your scent and assume that they still control the environment where you most dwell.

Cats love to endlessly look out of a bright window. If you are currently looking for a new apartment for you and your cat, this may be a suggestion you may want to consider. Cats with their inquisitive and nosy disposition must experience a feeling of euphoric Utopia looking out of a window. All the vivid colors, distinct moving creatures and large moving objects entertain the curious mind of a cat. With some creativity and love, caring for cats in a small apartment can be fun and possibly form an even stronger bond between you two.