Please remember that in addition to feeding your feline a high-quality food, kittens, adults and mature cats all have different nutritional requirements. Therefore, it is important to feed your pet a diet intended for his/her life stage.
QCH said: NATURES MIRACLE is a must
NATURES MIRACLE is a must
Tushon said:(anecdotal, since my cats do not claw me unless I purposefully fuck with them)
(anecdotal, since my cats do not claw me unless I purposefully fuck with them)
unless you don't like your furniture
Cats are scratchers though and scratchers gunna scratch. Even with the caps you will want to give them something to "play" with. A scratching post or pad, something like that. They will try to scratch everything else though. When you catch them scratching something they should not, pick them up, put them on/next to their scratching post and show them how to scratch it. They will learn.
Edit: by scratch I mean more so sharpening their claws. We call it "making biscuits" because they look like they are kneading dough. They will do this wherever they are and they also do it when they are happy so watch your lap when you pet them :-P
Similar advise for sleeping spots. Cats are going to want to sleep in their favorite spot and that will most likely end up being somewhere on your furniture. Have a bed for them or a blanket to put over the top of the couch/chair/whatever, and when they lay down where you don't want them, pick them up and put them where you want them.
Grooming. Cats love to be pet and groomed. If you want to stay away from them hacking up hair balls on your floor/stuff, take the time to brush them with a pet brush. This is both a bonding experience with little ones (Their mommy would do this with her tongue in the wild) and removed the shedding hair so the cats don't have to. If they do it, it will end up in their tummies and then they will be hackin' up them hair balls. If they are a long haired bread, you can consider shaving them in the early spring/summer. This is both good to keep them cool and hilarious to see your cat "naked." If they are going to be 100% inside cars, feel free to clip their nails every once in a while. If they are going to play outside at all, do not as they use their claws for grip, balance and defense if necessary.
Shots and spay/neuter. Gotta do it, plan on it. Think of them like your baby. There are shots that you need to get at certain intervals and then eventually need to have them sterilized. Having them "fixed" is not just to help the wild animal population as Bob Barker has advised for years, it will also help them as they will not get the hormones that cause them to go into heat (That is a nice way of saying they get horny). When they are in heat they will claw at doors/windows/screens and howl whenever they get a whiff of the neighbors cats.
Pretty much everything in this thread will be a generalization for cats in general. Cats are known to have their own special personalities and can/probably will be an exception to some of it.
Enjoy them, I love me some cats :-D
Source: Grew up in an animal hospital. My mom has managed a local hospital here for as long as I remember, >20 years now. I used the hospital's address so I could go to the Jr High she wanted me to go to and went there every day after school for years.
Feed them wet food twice daily about 12 hours apart.
Cuddle them constantly when they are young, or don't expect them to like any sort of human contact later.
Get them spayed/neutered ASAP.
Test for worms, fleas, rabies, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) ASAP.
If they get goopy eyes and sneeze a lot, it's an upper respiratory infection. It's not serious, but usually bacterial and should be closely monitored, and treated with an antibiotic if necessary.
The "cats don't give a fuck" or "don't like people" myths are perpetrated by shitty people and even shittier owners that create such cats.
Don't be afraid to gently slap, rub, or massage your cat for attention. Any massage you like, they'll probably like too.
Baby voice (low and high pitch) works for fucking serious.
Never let them outside. They are domesticated cats. They will be quite fine indoors their whole lives, and much less likely to get fucking demolished by all the feral shit they've spent 6,000 years avoiding. Domesticated cats are bred to live indoors. They are not prepared for the dangers of outside, especially not cars or larger predators.
Cats will always puke on something soft, like a rug, carpet, blanket or pillow. Prepare for this accordingly.
Litter train by gently disciplining an inappropriate piss or turd, then moving them to a catbox to finish. Make damn sure that catbox is in its final place when you start, 'cause you'll never be able to move it.
Brush them every few days with an undercoat brush, doubly so in the winter or if they're long-haired. Some like wire, some like bristle, so have both on hand.
Change their water every 3-4 days.
Your friendly local has-owned-about-15-very-long-lived-cats-across-26-years Icrontian
You'll thank me later.
Instead, I'd try to introduce scratching posts of various shapes and sizes (some cats like scratch pads that go on the ground, others like vertical posts, or even diagonal sloped scratch surfaces). You can also get pet nail clippers to manage claw sharpness, which works for my family. Just be sure to not cut too far back to hit the vein at the base of each claw.
If all of this fails and valuables are still being damaged, de-clawing is an option. But please consider doing everything else first. We have 2 cats with claws, and they love their scratching posts. Never seen them use anything else.
I've used claw caps for one cat because she was missing one of her front paws, and the vet suggested that it would make it even harder for her to get around if she was deprived of the extra grip of the single remaining front paw. She told me that capping them would be fine, though, so I did that. I can tell you that it does require some maintenance. They have to be replaced every few weeks - or when they fall off - and you have to trim the claws yourself, since they'll have no way to dull or shorten them on their own, and cats hate having their claws trimmed in my experience. I tried doing the caps thing for that kitten's sister, since I would already be doing one paw, why not three? In the end, I decided it would be more humane, for that cat at least, to just have her declawed rather than make her suffer having her claws trimmed regularly.
As for food, Iams kibble is enough (nothing cheaper), and if you always leave food out all the time, they will moderate their own intake. If you start feeding them only what they need several time/day, like a dog, then you'll have to do it like that forever, and that's a pain, and usually results in fatter cats. Unlike the above paragraph, this paragraph is more than personal experience. I worked at a pet food store once, and had to get a certificate in pet nutrition in order to manage the store. (I can also tell you about stool ratios, if you like :P)
At the end of the day - as you've noticed in this thread - you'll get a thousand different sources tell you a thousand different 'best' ways to deal with a cat, but honestly, you've got to just go with what works for you and your cats.
As far as food, we started him on a kind of expensive dry food (and he's stayed on it since without EVER needing to go to the vet for sickness or teeth issues). If you want to ask about it or check it out its EVO "The Ancestral Diet" (in a purple bag). The only other food he eats is cheese that we give him, plain table turkey, tuna from a can (his once in a while treat), and the treats called Greenies. It's sound a bit crazy, but our cat really is family and we skimp on nothing when it comes to taking care of him.
Just a bit of info from these cat owners Have fun with the kittens!