- Scientific Name: Felis Catus
- Lifespan: Approximately 13 years with proper care
- Handling: Any time after he/she gets use to you. He/she may bite if frightened or rough playing. Never grab a cat by its tail. Cats may scratch you when playing them if not de-clawed.
- Size: Approximately 8 – 13 lbs
- Care: Easy
- Community: Cats do well with other cats or by themselves. If housing more than one cat together, make sure to house the same sex cats together to avoid breeding.
- Lifestyle: Diurnal and Nocturnal. They are known to be both, depending on the time of day the owners play with them and etc. They can sleep during the day and be active at night some days and be active during the day and sleep at night other days. Their eyes allow them to see very well with high and low levels of light allowing them to adapt to any time of the day. However, most cats lean towards being nocturnal.
Most cats are known to not be housed in any type of enclosure unless they are being transported to a different place. Having this in mind, cats are more known to be free roamers of your home, meaning they should be able to roam the house as they desire. This gives them enough room to play, run, stretch, and live comfortably. However, if you are not comfortable with leaving your cat home alone, they should be kept with in a room locked up, to allow mobility throughout the day being able to stretch and walk around. Nonetheless, you must also keep a litter box in that same room that you have your cat locked up.
Wat you need is…
- Food and water bowl to drink and eat out of.
- Litter box to allow your cat to use the restroom. Pace the litter box somewhere where they will always have access to it.
- Litter to keep refilling your litter box (Buy in large quantities to save money)
- Sifter to sift out the poo and pee once every other day.
- Lots of toys for your cat to play with. Online and stores sell a vast amount of toys specially made for cats.
- A cage to transport your cat to a different location.
- A scratch bored to allow your cat to claw on all day. They love to scratch on a scratch post or board. This will also fine down their nails to be less sharp. Without this type of material/object, most cats will find something else to claw on, such as furniture, best posts, and etc.
- A bed to sleep and relax on. Cats will be spending a lot of time on this, so buy one that is comfy and of good quality.
Temperatures should stay between 65-80 °F.
Cats eat special diets already made for them that are sold online or at pet stores.
Do not go for the cheapest food you can find because you will be buying the most expensive vet bill later on due to many physical problems that your cat will most likely endure. We do not endorse any food types but will give tips on trying to pick the best types of food for them. The first ingredient should be meat, NOT corn meal or other grain. Cheap cat food that uses grain as fillers which can lead to various health issues for both cats and their owners. There are numerous cases where people who suffered from cat allergies have been able to clear them up when they switched their cats to a grain-free diet. Cats eating these grain-based foods can develop diabetes, urinary tract issues and other health problems and will have lots of dander that causes humans to be allergic to them. So stay away
from grain-based foods.
Some brands that people use and recommend are:
- Royal Canin
- Blue (Blue Buffalo)
- Before Grain by Merrick Pet Care
- Taste of the Wild and Evo
This is not a list that needs to be followed or a list of the only foods that you should serve to your cat. There are plenty more. But remember, check the ingredients.
If bottle feeding:
- Pro Bio-Lac kitten formula is one of the better brands that most people use.
- There have been diarrhea issues with the KMR brand, which is not recommend to use.
- You may also use goat milk. You can buy powdered goat milk in the health food section in the baby food section of most stores.
- Never give kittens’ cow’s milk as it will give them diarrhea.
- They can tolerate the lactose free milks or if using human infant formula, use a formula with NO iron.
Water must always be available to your cat 24/7. They are playful at times and need water to hydrate themselves when dehydrated from running around. Make sure to replace the water in the dish every day to make sure the water is clean to avoid any bacteria build up from anything that may have gotten into the bowl.
None needed, except for the cat litter which your cat will be using to use the restroom with. Most of the time, the cheapest types of cat litter are very dusty and leave the aroma of their feces lingering around the room. So when choosing a type of cat litter, try to pick something that says reduces odor, no dust, odor free, and etc. It’s all up to what you prefer to use. Once you find something that you like, stick with it.