Give a long-haired cat hairball-preventing cat food. If you have long-haired cat, it is a good idea to give it hairball-preventing food, especially if it has a history of having hairballs. In most cases, this type of food helps to prevent hairballs by increasing the amount of fiber your cat is getting. Fiber increases the rate of digestion and moves food, and hair, through the digestive tract more effectively. Discuss which hairball-preventing food is best for your cat with your veterinarian. They should have suggestions for a food that will fulfill your cat’s nutritional needs, in addition to being good at preventing hairballs. Feed your cat two or three times a day.
The amount of food you give it will depend on the size of your cat. Look at the food packaging and follow the directions there for portion sizing, which is usually based on your cat’s size and age. Cats who eat too quickly should be fed smaller, more frequent meals. Discuss portion size and feeding schedule with your veterinarian. They may have suggestions that take your cat’s specific dietary needs into consideration so that you can keep your cat at a healthy weight. If you notice your cat rapidly gaining weight, talk to your vet. Being overweight can cause major health complications in cats, including diabetes and joint pain.
Give unlimited access to drinking water. It is very important to provide your cat with clean water at all times, as dehydration can make your cat very sick. Put the water in a clean, small bowl and replace it daily, so that the water is appealing for the cat to drink. If you want to make your cat’s water really appealing, consider getting it a cat drinking fountain. These are devices that recirculate a cat’s water in a stream, which can draw the cat’s attention to the water. Also, keep the cat’s water away from its litter box and food, as cats will see water near these areas as contaminated.
Once you bring a cat home and name it, you should get it some identification. Even if you plan on raising the cat to live indoors, having identification is important — remember, if it gets out, it will have no experience finding its way home. Your cat’s collar tag should include its name and your phone number. Keep this phone number up to date, so that someone who finds your cat can contact you easily. Be sure to secure the tags to a collar with a quick-release buckle. That way, if your cat gets caught on something, the collar can break off without harming the cat. Provide and teach the use of a litter box.
When raising a cat, you will need to teach it to use a litter box. For most cats, this is a relatively easy process. Once you bring a cat home, keep it contained in a small space with food, water, a bed, and its litter box. The cat may naturally head towards the litter box to go to the bathroom, as they are naturally clean animals that like to pick specific bathroom areas. As your cat adjusts to its new home and you let it roam the whole house, you should keep the litter box in an area that is easily accessible and close to your cat’s daily activity. This will help ensure that the cat actually uses it instead of a handy corner. Keep trying if litter box training is problematic.
If the cat doesn’t use the litter box automatically, move any feces or urine into the litter box and clean the areas where the cat went to the bathroom outside of the box. If the cat smells feces and urine in the litter box, it will know that is where it should go. Clean the litter box regularly. To ensure that your cat uses its litter box, you should make sure to keep it clean and tidy. Remember to remove solids daily. You should also empty it completely, clean the box, and put totally new litter in weekly.
If you do not clean your cat’s litter box regularly, it is likely to find somewhere else to go to the bathroom. Give your cat a cozy place to sleep. When raising a cat you should make sure to give it a cozy place all its own, where it can take a nap or just get some alone time. Typically, this is done by giving it a bed all its own and placing that bed in a quiet and warm corner. This can be difficult to achieve if you live in a hectic or crowded home, but your cat may even pick the spot itself and all you have to do is provide the cushioning. Many cats love a spot that gets sun from the outside. The sunshine and the view to the outside will likely be very appealing to your cat. Even on a day that is cold outside or when your home is a little chilly, a sunny spot will suit a cat’s needs very well. Provide a place to scratch. All cats need to scratch once in awhile in order to keep their claws healthy and agile.