Basic cat care tips – Part 2

The History and Care of the Domestic Cat

One of our truly beloved house pets is the cat. It all started millions of years ago when the ancient Felidae family began it’s evolutionary trek into the Felis Genus, which now includes all felines, (tigers, cougars, African lions, jaguars, and many other varieties of cats).

The first evidence of the cat being domesticated came about with the Egyptians, over three thousand years ago. It is assumed that they were the result of both inbreeding and crossbreeding between the smaller jungle cats. These cats were revered and adored by their owners.

Soon, during the ninth century, the enthusiasm of the domestic cat grew. And their traits as excellent mousers and ratters were then fully appreciated.

So now, in 2006 about five thousand years later, we have our wonderful and much diversified domestic cat!

So, is a kitten or an adult cat the right pet for you? Well, let’s consider the habits and makeup of most felines. As we know, they are individualists. They are also independent and dignified. And their intelligence varies from breed to breed, as with any animal.

They tolerate us humans, and somehow seem to run our households with our acceptance!

Is that adorable ball of fluff still right for you? Remember that they will grow up in no time! They need food, water, shelter, care and training. If you decide to adopt an older cat, you won’t have to be too concerned with litter training, as the cat will already have been experienced in this area. But you will have to show your new kitten where the litter box is located. As a bonus with an older cat, she will locate and use the litter box quickly, and you will be able to understand his or her personality fairly soon as the cat starts to live in your home. A new kitten on the other hand, will take a little bit more time and T.L.C.

As for feeding a kitten, a good brand of kitten chow, along with a supplemented soft canned kitten food is recommended. You may want to soften the dry food with a small amount of water. Always have fresh drinking water available! Older cats do very well eating dry cat chow, but they do like the canned food as treats! As always, water needs to be provided 24 hours a day.

Your new kitten will love to play, so make sure you have plenty of toys to keep her occupied and happy! And also make sure that your cat sees the veterinarian for his/her necessary shots, and most importantly, a rabies vaccination at about 6 months. Also, consider having your feline spayed or neutered. Tabby will make a much better pet, and you won’t have to worry about him roaming, spraying on furniture, or unwanted kittens. Most vets run specials on these operations for your pets. They usually place their ads in the various local newspapers.

Have your pet licensed with the local licensing bureau in your town especially if your cat spends time outdoors. Then enjoy the fun and antics of your new, happy and healthy feline friend!

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