Caring for pets is an art and science that involve learning about the life cycle of a cat, its habits and personality traits, nutritional needs, environment, veterinary treatment, and so on. Cats have their own personalities and it can be quite confusing for pet owners to make these differences clear to their pets. Cats are social animals and prefer to be in a group of people or other animals. It is therefore, quite normal for cats to feel neglected if no other animals are around to play with them. Unfortunately, many times this lack of interaction and attention results in cats becoming distressed and eventually developing some medical conditions. One such condition is kittens who are abandoned by their mother at birth and brought up by unknown families until they reach about three months of age, at which time they may be separated from their mothers.
Kittens, like humans, require special care and they should be cared for properly during their first year of life in the orphanage or shelters. There are different procedures and steps which should be followed to make sure that kittens become secure and grow up healthy and well. After they are weaned off from mother at about six months of age, parents can then look after their kittens themselves and when they outgrow the need to nurse, they will automatically begin to consume food from their own body. At least one baby should be weaned every month from the breast, until he is weaned by three months.
Kittens should not be left without eating for at least ten hours after birth. This is to ensure that the intestines and stomach are able to get back into shape after birth and do not block the cat’s normal digestive process. After about one week, a kitten should be weaned off from breast milk and can be fed with food appropriate for his age, which will include kitten chow. A solid food can be given occasionally but should only be done for a period of two weeks. During this period, kittens should be fed one ounce of high fiber, dry cat food each day until they can eat on their own. By three weeks, a cat can be fed once a day with food appropriate for his age.
Nutrition is very important for kittens as they grow up. They need a balanced diet consisting of fresh meat, vegetables and other protein sources. Milk formulas are available to supplement the diet, especially if the mother cat is unable to feed the kittens due to illness or infection. At about four to six months, the kittens will need to be fed with commercial kitten chow, which is formulated for kittens. Cats health care also includes giving flea and heart medication as soon as possible to help protect them from infections.
Caring for cats health entails that the owner learn how to read the animal’s regular body temperature and check for any unusual changes. Cats normally warm up to around eighty degrees Celsius, but will chill down after exercise or swimming. Kittens will also usually show signs of depression and need attention.
Cats normally shed between two and five times each week. Grooming is an important part of a cat’s health. If you have a hairless cat, the brush should be brushed out frequently to keep the coat soft and silky. Cats often develop hairballs, which become infected if not treated. Other signs of illness in your cat may include diarrhea, cold and dull skin and respiratory disease.
You cat will usually start eating solid food at about 18 weeks, followed by a few weeks of kitten chow. At one year of age, your cat will need to be fed more often. A solid food diet is best for cats’ health when they are young. However, most cats reach full adulthood without need for commercial food.
Cats need to be watched closely during their early years of life to determine if they have any illnesses or conditions that can be passed along to humans. A pregnant cat needs special veterinary care, so it is important to discuss this with a veterinarian during your cat’s first visit. Cats health problems, like many other animals, do not go away overnight. Cats need the love and attention of their owners to stay healthy and happy. If you suspect that your cat has a sickness, it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible.