Aiming for Long Term Cat Care

If you are planning on or are currently a cat owner, you must be ready for the long term cat care. It is a good idea to do your research to start off on the right foot. Having things planned out is a good idea to help avoid mistakes.

Cats can be a nice companion. But you first must understand their needs. Obviously, your cat has to eat. But you can’t feed your feline friend your table scraps or leftovers. It is better to look for a premium cat food that will give your feline the best chance at good health. At Sierra Fish & Pets we have some of the best varieties of premium cat foods at everyday low prices. Choose from varieties of dry foods, wet/canned cat foods, or altenative foods like freeze-dried or raw.

You need to make sure to allot money to own a cat. Not only for foods and basic supplies, but also regular vetrinary visits to make sure your cat is in the best possible health. It sound silly but you may have to sacfrific some luxuries to be able to provide for your pet’s needs. It is all worth it in the end. Seeing your cat happy will make you happy.

Make sure that the surround you cat in a living space that is free from anything that can cause them danger. Make sure to supply them with lots of toys to help entertain themselves and constant clean water. Even though cats get over 75% of their moisture from wet foods, you must have clean water offered at all times. When it comes to neatness and cleanliness, you have the right pet. Cats are known to be fairly clean (besides the litter box that is) and they take ample time in grooming themselves so typically professional grooming is not always necessary. Basic grooming like brushing, bathing, and examining your cat for mite, fleas, etc needs to be done on a regular basis. Although too much grooming can also be bad because cats can hurt themselves in the process if they dont like to be bathed, or groomed. If you see any signs of fleas, worms, mites, or an other health issues come visit us at Sierra Fish & Pets for some remedies to keep them healty and pest free.

Cats can be very stuborn and vain housemate, you must be tidy with everything. You need to keep their litter boxes clean and well maintained. Did you know that the cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than yours? You may not smell a thing but your cat sure will. A dirty liter box is the easiest way for cats to start to go anywhere else BUT the litter box. Clean your litter box regularly and use a litter that they like. We at Sierra have tons of option of not just clay litter but also other natural litters that can be great for odor control and absortion. Don’t give your cat a reason to stray when it comes to using the litter box. Give them what they want. And it’s a clean and odor free litter box. With lots of style to choose from Sierra Fish & Pets can give you a suggestion on the corrct style litter box. We have basic litter boxes, top-entry litter boxes, or hooded litter pans. Match that with a clay, pine, wheat, silica, or walnut litter, you will have the best possible chance to avoid the accidents that cats can have./p

Try to find a good vet for your cats. If you need a suggestion we would be happy to refer you to a vet. Or make sure to check out our monthly mobile vet clinic that visits our store each month. Check out our Low cost Mobile Vaccine Clinic. Talk to your friends and family about a good local veterinarian. Be mindful and aware of the simplest symptoms that your cat may show. Just by observing your pet, you will know if something is wrong and you have taken the first step to a healthy cat. If you notice any issues with the health or activity of your cat come visit us for some over the counter remedies or in severe cases we will suggest you contact a vet.

Long Term

If you are settled at the thought that you want a cat, and can provide for your feline friend long term, then you may really be the right owner for one. Remember just because you see the cute little kittens does not mean you are ready to have a cat enter you life. All Kittens become cats. You cannot act like you want when it is the cute little playful kitten and completely scrap the idea when it gets older and becomes a cat. It won’t be good for your feline friend and it won’t be good for you as well. Make sure that you are able to provide for them the correct way long-term. So before you welcome a kitten or cat into your household, think things through over and over again. Remind yourself of the costs and responsibility long term to keep the cat happy and healty for its entire life. Do not act on your impulse you must be able to carry out the responsibilities of being a cat owner.

Aiming for long term cat care and optimal health is what we want you to acheive. You just need to take the right steps with the help of your neighborhood pet professionals to enrich the lives of your pets as well as yours.

Cat Care in your House

As you know cats are playful animals. If you are planning to get one, you should know the basics about keeping a cat in the house.
The moment the cat is brought home, you should give it his or her own room for a while with food, water, litter box, and a bed. If your kitty has not yet been litter box trained, you should start teaching it right away so they don’t start urinating on the carpet. Teaching the cat how to use the litter box can initially be done by carrying your cat to the box as often as possible and when your cat needs to go. When you see the cat “does the deed”, praise and reward your cat so they know that this is the right thing to do. The exact dimension of the litter box depends on the size of your cat. You have a choice of three main styles of litter boxes.
➣  Regular Litter Pans
➣  Hooded Cat Litter Boxes
➣  Self Cleaning Litter Boxes
The type of litter you choose is up to your preference and mostly your cat’s preference. We recommend several types of litter both natural and clay based. Find the litter that best suits your cat. Cats are very picky and when you find a litter they use stick to it!!! Fill your litter boxe(s) as per instructions or typically 2-4″ thick across the bottom. Scoop your litter box daily or at minimum every other day to remove the urine and feces. You can top off the litter each scooping to maintain the correct litter levels. It is a good idea to clean out the litter box entirely when needed of at least every 2-4 weeks. The litter box must be cleaned by using mild soap, hot water, and maybe a bit of vinegar.
House rules must be set regarding what the cat can and cannot do in your home. If ever your cat does something wrong like climb up on the table or scratch the furniture, you must never scold them. Anytime your cat does something wrong you can enforce discipline without causing any harm by squirting them with water bottle or making a load noise using a “pet corrector”.
You must provide fresh food and fresh water at all times for your cat. The feeding dish and bowl should be made either of plastic or aluminum and cleaned out regularly. Your cat’s diet must start with a high quality, premium dry cat food that contains meat or meal as the first few ingredients and no-by products or fillers. Although our premiums cat food may be more expensive than the other grocery brands, you know that it has the right vitamins, is a more balanced diet, and has a higher k/cal count. The K/Cal count means how much food is getting utilized a metabolic energy and what comes out as waste. So even though the grocery foods cost less you feed a lot more and it actually can wind up being more expensive because you go through the foods more often.
Premium pet foods you tend to feed less of so that means less waste and less litter box messes. Aside from dry foods, you can also give your cat’s wet foods. Cats get over 80% of there moisture from wet foods so it is very important to feed wet foods to your cat. Vitamins are always and option for your cat. One such example is fish oil which provides extra omega 3 and 6 oils that are good for skin and coat.
For those that have other pets in the house like a dog, you should give some time for the two to be acquainted with each other. If you have a dog, make sure it is kept on its leash first and has time to get used to your new cat. If you have another cat, make sure to acclimate them to one another slowly. There may be aggression toward on another at first or one may just go run and hide. Give it time they should eventlauy be accepting of on another. It is a good idea to also provide a scratching post in your home that your cat can climb on so it can play around without causing any damage to your furniture. Cat Furniture should be 3 feet in height and placed near their bed. When their nails get too sharp, and the scratch pad is not keeping them down you can have the nails trimmed by a Sierra Fish & Pets employee. (See Pet Trimming) It is a good idea to keep nails trimmed so they don’t hurt you or themselves. One of the most important things about cat care is proper grooming. You can bath your cat (even though they may not like it) by wetting their head, body, and tail with warm water and shampoo.
Never lather their ears or eyes. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and dry them using a clean towel. Brush the hair lightly. Lastly, you must bring your cat to the vet regularly or when you see something new in their behavior. Keeping in tune with your cat health and regular vet visits could prevent a possible sickness from getting worse. If you don’t know any vets we have some great recommendations. House cat care can be challenging but is very rewarding. You just have to put in the time and effort when you decide to bring a cat into your home.

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