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Everything You Need to Know About Raising Your First Cat

In my previous article, I explained in detail how to stop confront cat spraying. If you haven’t read this article yet, make sure you do.
Well, in today’s post, I’d like to answer one of these unanswered questions about how exactly do you raise a cat.

Many people will tell you that raising a cat requires that you provide it with basic needs such as food and a clean litter box. As you will find in this article, raising a cat also includes providing for its health, mind, and comfort.

If you are interested in raising a healthy cat, take your time to understand the commitment you should make right here. If you follow all this, you are most likely to end up with a well-behaved, healthy and happy cat. Read on to learn more.

Newborn kitten care

When your kitten is a few weeks old and has been rejected or separated from their mother, caring for them is your responsibility. You should, therefore, make sure the kitten is fed, kept warm, and trained social and life skills such as how to excrete on his own.

Feeding your kitten

You need to give your kitten quality and nutritious food. During the first few weeks make sure the kitten is fed with a mother cat’s milk since it provides everything a kitten needs to grow healthy.

If the kitchen is been rejected or separated from their mother, you can feed it with age-appropriate cat food such as a commercial milk replacer.

Feeding older cat

When your cat gets older, you need to start providing it with senior foods. Foods such as canned and dry food are preferred because they have a lot of animal protein and less filler. They will provide the type of nutrition that cats need to stay healthy. Don’t attempt to provide regular cow’s milk to your kitten or older cats because it is not easily digestible and can cause serious diarrhea.

Preventing hairballs in cats

Hairball is a problem your cat may face at a certain age. It usually warrants no cause for alarm when it occurs but in some cases, it may cause serious life-threatening symptoms such as vomiting, gagging, loss of appetite, weight loss, constipation, and diarrhea.

That said, grooming your cat regularly can help prevent your cat from getting hairballs. If your cat has a history of having hairballs, feeding it with cat hairball-preventing cat food can also help prevent the problem from occurring. Such foods work by increasing the amount of fiber your cat eats.

Socializing and behavioral development

The correct care of cats, especially in the early weeks of months of growth, can help promote their social skills and behavioral development. During this period, your kitten’s sensory systems and brain are still developing so your cat easily learns social and life skills.

Examples of socialization you can incorporate when raising your cat include making sure your cats meet different types of people in your household and allowing it to be touched gently. It also includes making sure your cat is used to hearing different sounds and exposed to unrelated, non-aggressive environments.

Training your cat

When it comes to training, most cats are quick to learn. If it is about training your cat to excrete on its own in certain places, all you need is to show it the litter box and they know what to do. You can train your cat about everything such as training it to come home earlier, training it how to come to you when you need it or teaching it new tricks.

Provide your cat a good place to sleep

Cats are really playful and can run around for a few minutes and then fall asleep tired the next moment. You need to give it a cozy place to sleep. You can purchase a comfortable cat bed and bedding and place it in a quiet and warm place in your home.

A sleeping cat can be very endearing, but it is important not to disturb it and allow it to rest. In fact, a good sleep is crucial for their growth and development-both behaviorally and physically.

Keep your cats healthy

Cats are susceptible to certain health risks such as feline leukemia, FIV, hypothermia, hypoglycemia, dehydration, and a number of parasites. It is important to have your veterinarian check your cat at a very young age to prevent some of these health risks. However, some of the health problems such as parasites can easily be treated with over the counter medications.

Spaying or neutering your cat

Last but not least, you should also make sure that your cat is spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering your cats can prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring. These two practices can also curb a number of unwanted behavioral patterns such as spraying, and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases.

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