Cat Health Issues – How to Care for a Kitten

Cat health issues – There is much to know about caring for a kitten when you bring it into your house.  Cats require care that can be far different from other pets you have owned in the past. 

For example, cats generally need several small meals during the day rather than a couple of large meals.  Dry food is preferable to canned food in order to make sure the cat has complete nutrition.  Dry food helps the cat with its dental care.

It’s very important to closely monitor your cat’s diet.  You should follow the label on the cat food package.  But your job does not end there. 

All cats are different and require a different quantity and quality of food.  You should check the cat’s ribs each week to make sure your furry friend is not becoming too thin or too heavy. 

You should feel a thin layer of skin over the ribs.  Make sure that the ribs don’t protrude because your cat may not be getting enough to eat.  If it is becoming difficult to feel your cat’s ribs, you may be feeding your cat too much food.  It is very difficult to cut back on the cat’s food if it becomes obese.

I recently read an article on this topic.  It is called, “Your Kitten and What You Need to Know” by Bryony Peacock RVN MBVNA.  The title understates the amount of excellent content in the article.  This is a very comprehensive article and discusses all areas of cat care.

Here is a brief quote:

Without water to drink, a cat may become seriously ill within hours. 

Cats need a well-balanced, meat-based diet to stay fit and healthy – cats cannot be vegetarians.

Cats have very specific dietary needs which typical human food does not meet, and some human foods are poisonous to cats, e.g. onions.

An individual cat’s dietary needs depend upon its age, lifestyle and its state of health. 

Cats naturally eat several small meals per day.

How much a cat needs to eat depends on its diet, its bodyweight and how active it is.

If a cat eats more food than it needs, it will become overweight and may suffer.

Many cats will not eat if their food is placed too close to their toilet site.

The author goes on to discuss physical exercise for your kitten.  This is very important.  As you know, household cats can tend to be very lazy.  They may not get enough exercise unless you are willing to play with it.

Here is a further quote on exercise:

Set aside playtime with your cat. These sessions both increase bonding and exhaust excess feline energy that might otherwise be used to harass the family dog or to climb the curtains. Keep play sessions brief (10 to 15 minutes). Cats are designed for short bursts of intense activity, not marathons. Often, a cat will signal its fatigue by losing interest and departing the play area. When the session ends, lock most of the toys away. This will prevent the cat from losing them under the furniture or tearing them apart.

The complete article can be read here.

The only part of the article that I disagree with relates to the cat food she recommends.  You know how I feel on this topic.  Any pet food you buy in a grocery store or pet specialty store is not fresh.  Freshness is critical to pet nutrition.

But I won’t make a big deal of this topic.  There is so much good information in this article.  I suggest that you read the whole article.

I would like to hear your comments.  I’m sure that many of you own cats.  What areas of her suggested care do you disagree with?  Or do you agree with what the author is saying?  Thanks for your input.

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