==== ====Check out some of the best cat health and pampering info, including homemade recipes, here:http://CatCareFanPage.info==== ====One of my childhood friends also grew up not knowing a thing about cats and had 2 dogs. We losttouch and many years later, as adults, we reunited and learned that we both had cats!I remember my friend saying that she was such a cat lover that she had "everything cat". Catcoasters, cat placemats, cat salt shakers.My love for cats takes on a different flavor. Yes, I do love cats - I adore them. However, I also lovecaring for them! I love feeding them and showering them with the best of everything. I stay on topof new products for our feline babies and learn about their health challenges as much as possible.After all, I live cat care every day.It is my pleasure to share with you some basic cat care tips to perhaps help improve the quality oflife (and perhaps health) of your cats. I will certainly elaborate on several of these points in futureposts.1 - Cats generally dont enjoy eating and drinking near their litter box. They are such fastidiouscreatures! If you can afford the space, keep food and water in a separate location from the boxes.2 - Keep all cat food and water bowls clean! This may seem very obvious, but you would besurprised. Have you ever noticed an orange residue in the bottom or along the sides of your catswater bowl? Uhm, well, that residue is dirt. Change your cats water at least once per day to keepit fresh and clean. I know when pressed for time, its tempting every once in a while to put freshfood on top of old, crusted-over food. Please dont! Bacteria lays in old, uneaten food.3 - Keep your litter boxes clean. One way to ensure this is to use quality litter, whether its clay orclumping (traditional sand or a more natural material like corn or wheat). Ever notice that youcould really use a shovel and pick to scoop the box of waste? It doesnt have to be that way! Usingquality litter helps to keep the box clean - if using clumping, you want the waste to clump, insteadof it breaking up into small pieces that remain in the box. This will often happen when using alower quality litter.I recommend keeping a generous level of litter, especially when using a clumping variety. This willhelp to remove clumps from the bottom and sides of the box without having to really dig andscrape. There is such good litter out there of every variety - you dont have to spend your valuabletime doing a litter box excavation.Another way to keep your boxes clean is to totally dump the litter out at least once per month forclumping and about once per week for clay, scrub it clean, dry it and start all over. I guarantee youthis will help to keep your boxes clean and so much easier to scoop! I find that when one just
keeps adding clean litter to old, the accumulation of dirty litter just sinks to the bottom, adding toyour need to pick and dig, because the old, dirty remains just stick to the sides and bottom. Andyour cat will definitely appreciate the care you put into the maintenance of his box!4 - Have toys available for your cats. I have met so many people who insist that his/her cat doesnot play with toys (any toys!) until I pick up an interactive or catnip toy for her enjoyment. I get somuch pleasure out of seeing a cat become totally entrenched in play with a new toy - it reallydoesnt take much!5 - Keep your cats nails trimmed. Its safer for you, your children, your dogs, and your other cats,of course. I also recommend keeping them trimmed for fear of having a claw get stuck onsomething ie carpet or a fabric sofa, only for the claw to be ripped out (sorry!) when the cat tries tofree himself. One of my cats nails did get caught on a rug and he had to have it removed. It wasnteven that long, but stuff happens. I have also seen ingrown claws as a result of them growing toolong. Not only is this uncomfortable for your cat, but it can be cause for infection. If you find youcant trim your cats claws yourself, call upon a professional who can come to your home to dothis, or take your baby to a vets office for a nail trim.6 - Please pay attention to recommended food portions. If you are not sure, contact your vet forguidance. Many cat people overfeed their cats, which of course may lead to obesity, which in turncould lead to certain diseases, or in the case of kitten care, do not feed these growing babiesenough.7 - Cats are curious and playful. Keep string, rubber bands, and hairbands out of their reach! Aningested piece of string can get caught in the intestines, for example, which of course is verydangerous! Also keep wand and string toys hidden away for the same reason - dont take anychances. I have spoken to numerous people who have paid thousands of dollars for surgery dueto ingested items that get caught.8 - And one of my biggest cat peeves - take them to the vet for regular check ups. Please!Younger, healthy cats can visit once per year for a wellness check. Cats with health challenges orhistory and senior cats (7+ years) should go to the vet every 6-12 months. I can go on and onabout this most important aspect of cat care. You say your cat is healthy although he hasnt beento a vet in over three years? As lay people, we really dont know if our cats are healthy by justlooking at them. Vet visits include a thorough exam where every part of the body is looked atand/or palpated. Vets check eyes, ears, mouths for irregularities, including the need for a dentistry.Left untreated, bad teeth and/or gums can lead to infection caused by traveling bacteria. Vets askyou questions about your cats eating and drinking habits, and behavioral changes that may beimpacted by a health issue. For older and senior cats, vets take blood and sometimes urine, todetermine very important information, such as liver and kidney values. Most importantly, a regularvisit to the vet = a proactive visit. Many diseases and health conditions are caught early enough tobe treated, as a result of an exam.9 - Never let your cat drive your car. Okay, as you get to know me better, you will realize thatinjecting humor every once in a while is important to me.10 - And finally, kiss your cats daily, at the very least. He/she will feel loved and I guarantee youwill automatically feel better about your day.
Thanks for reading! Please post comments and questions to foster discussion. Please feel free toask for specific recommendations regarding any of the items I talk about today.My name is Leslie Kaufman and I own and operate On All Fours Cat Sitting, servicing Queens andManhattan, NYC clients since 1998. We provide daily in home care in your home, where weprovide full service care of your cats while you are away, including the administering of allmedications (oral, topical, subcutaneous fluids, insulin injections). We are an exclusive cat carecompany, and all of our staff are compassionate, passionate, sensitive, reliable cat care providers.Please visit us at http://www.onallfourscatsitting.comEnjoy our cat care blog at http://www.newyorkcitycatsittingblog.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Leslie_Kaufman==== ====Check out some of the best cat health and pampering info, including homemade recipes, here:http://CatCareFanPage.info==== ====