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Monday, July 10, 2017

Caring For Your Feline

It’s takes a lot of patience to prepare your children for a new pet and welcome it into your family. You have to do your research into different breeds, and determine which kind of furry companion would best fit into your family dynamic. However, you also have to learn how to keep the newest member of your family, the beloved cat, happy and healthy. Here are a few basic ways you can make sure that your new pet is as happy and healthy as the rest of your family.  
Flea medication
Persistent itchiness is only one small reason why pet owners should be vigilant against fleas and ticks. Fleas can infect your beloved pup with tapeworms, lyme disease, or even Bartonella (usually known as Cat Scratch Fever), which causes vomiting, diarrhea, and even seizures. Some of these diseases can even be passed on to you and anyone else living with you. The best thing to do is try to avoid these altogether by getting flea collars for cats to defend against fleas. However, you should also take your pet to the vet if you suspect there might be something seriously wrong with them.
Diet
Meat is the foundation of a healthy cat’s diet, so it should always be their main meal of the day. You shouldn’t try to feed your cat too much kibble, because chances are there is nothing fresh about it anymore. Dry food is very heavily processed which includes being subjected to high temperatures for a long time resulting in alteration and destruction of nutrients. It’s also often contaminated with bacteria, fungal mycotoxins, storage mites/cockroaches and their feces, and more. If you’re in a hurry, feed them canned food instead. You absolutely should not feed it a vegetarian diet either. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey, and lean deli meats are a great way to give them the protein they need for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system. Remember to keep a bowl of fresh water within their reach so they can quench their thirst.
Grooming
Cat owners must notice the amount of times their feline friend grooms himself throughout the day; cats actually spend 50 percent of their awake-time self-grooming. Relieve them of their duties by picking up a brush and grooming them yourself. Not only does the comb/brush feel good like an all-over massage, it keeps fur mat-free, skin clean, and cuts down on hairballs that can develop in the digestive tract. However, because cats already do most of their grooming themselves, they might not see the brush as a friend. The key to getting a cat to cooperate with brushing is connecting brushing with happy events, such as brushing them before dinner.
Litterbox
As inconvenient as it may be for you, it’s not a good idea to put the litterboxes in a hidden corner. Cats prefer to do their business where they can see everything around them, because that’s how it’s done in the wild.

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