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December 28, 2019 2 min to read

Cat care: what you need to know as a new pet owner

Category : Hobby, Lifestyle

Have you finally decided to get a pet cat? If you’re new to pet ownership, you probably have plenty of questions about caring for your kitten.

Cats are relatively low-maintenance. Once you’re familiar with feeding, grooming, safety, and general health, all that’s left to do is to shower your feline with love.

In this article, you’ll learn what you need to know to ensure that you care for a happy and healthy pet.

Here’s a list of cat care basics you need to keep in mind:

1. Food

The food you pick for your feline friend will have a huge effect on his overall health. You must make sure that you’re only feeding your new pet the best-quality cat food.

To slowly transition your cat to his new food, take a small amount of his current food and mix it with the new one.

Increase the amount of new food gradually, until your cat gets used to it. Switching to a new food will require a slow transition to prevent stomach upset.

Other important things you need to take note of when feeding your cat:

You should only feed cats that are under one year old a kitten formula as they’re still growing and will require a high-calorie diet.

For a cat with health issues like being underweight or overweight, or having a disease brought on by old age, seek your vet’s advice on selecting the right food.

Wet Food

Most cats like wet food once they get a taste of it. Wet food, also known as canned food, comes in various textures, like bits and chunks.

If you need to, let your cat taste a little of each different type of wet food to determine what he likes best.

Premium canned foods will have meat as their primary ingredient and don’t contain by-products or artificial colours, flavours, and fillers.

Although good quality wet food is more expensive, its pure ingredients and minimal fillers translate to more nutrition for your cat.

Remember no to leave wet food for longer than 20 minutes out in hot weather as it can easily spoil and become unsafe to eat.

Dry Food

You may find feeding your cat dry food to be convenient, especially if you’re not home during the day. This is because you can leave the food out for longer periods without the risk of it spoiling…
 
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