How to Look After a Cat

Birman Cat Care

How to look after a cat and what does a cat need: a good supply of food, a comfortable bed, a 24 hr toilet, a suitable scratching board, excellent veterinary care.

1. Toilet

It would be a lot easier for you and for the cat, if in the first hours of its arrival it gets to know its items. It is of a great importance to provide a toilet, to “introduce” it to the cat. Put the chosen material in the toilet – bentonite is recommended for kittens – and place the cat in it, let it start to get to to know its new home from there.

The easy access to the toilet is really important. Cats instinctively start digging so if you installed the toilet on time you shouldn’t have problems.

2. Safety

You have to make sure the windows are safe. Look out for terraces and any other place the cat can jump out of and hurt itself.

3. Food

If it is a small kitty you could use a bottle of warm water to calm the meowing little creature.

Cats need more protein in their food, especially the growing ones. For example, their food must be richer in some amino acids. That is why they have to be given special, manufactured food instead of home-made food. We recommend granule food suitable to the cat’s age and needs. As for their habits – some cats eat twice a day, but most of them prefer a full bowl always available to their eating pleasure. They feed up to ten or fifteen times a day. Bewared though, some cats are gluttons.

4. Scratching Post

In order to preserve your furniture, we advise getting a scratching board. You could buy it from a special store or you could make it yourself. You could also get a “cat mint” which stimulates cats’ instincts to play.

5. Treat For Parasites

It is extremely important to treat your cat for parasites internally and externally. Internal parasites are a problem for the cat as well as for its owner.The most common are flat and round worms, tapeworms and intestinal worms which live in the stomach and the intestines. The whole development of those worms consists of complex cycles in which the human is a transitional host.

The duration of this process takes between three to four weeks and that is why it is important to treat your cat on a monthly basis using combined medicines against intestinal worms and tapeworms. Only regular treatment with such pills can guarantee that your dog or cat do not excrete parasites’ eggs, which are dangerous for us. Kittens excrete a great amount of these eggs so they must be treated when they are still two weeks old. If there are parasites in the excrements the treatment must be repeated after period of fourteen days.

The external treatment against parasites can be done using powder, spray, a special leash but we recommend the Spot on treatment, which is already available in our market by different manufacturers. These are pipettes with a fluid which is poured on the animal’s fur. They successfully protect against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes. They are especially suitable for owners who often bathe their pets.

How to Look After a Cat: Vaccines

  • First vaccine – 7 – 8 weeks old;
  • Second vaccine – 12 weeks old.

If the cat you want to adopt is already grown, a vaccination is made once a year after internal treatment against parasites such as tapeworms and intestinal worms.