Caring For Your New Cat
If you have decided on getting a kitten, you will soon understand the responsibilities that come with it, such as devoting adequate time for your pet, pampering it and making sure that you take care of any cat health problems that may occur. Since different cat breeds have different characteristics, you should try to learn as much as possible about the specific health care needs of your pet.
There are officially around forty cat breeds in the world which are recognized internationally. Although there are a lot more sub breeds present, these are not cataloged officially. It can be quite easy to differentiate between the long haired and short haired cats. Some such as the British Short hair, Abyssinian, Burmese, Havana brown, or the American Short hair breed even have their own unique characteristics that allow them to stand apart from the rest. Persian cats, Siamese cats, Maine Coon etc are some other pedigreed varieties of cat breeds, among others. Although most domestic cats do not look alike, they are usually not categorized into different breeds.
Caring for specific cat breeds require knowledge about that particular breed. However, there are some common things that every cat owner can do. To begin with, keep a close eye on your pet’s health during its growing years. Kittens are prone to infection, fever and other cat health problems during their initial years. You will have to give it proper nutrition and seek medical attention the moment you find something amiss. You should also keep your pet engaged in various activities and make it feel comfortable and secure. Even after your kitten has grown up, stay alert to note common symptoms of cat health problems so that your pet continues to enjoy a healthy life.
Breeding is another important issue that requires special attention. Since some cat breeds are unsuitable for breeding as the process might put the cat’s life at risk, you should get your pet neutered if your cat belongs to such breeds. Neutering the female can also prevent many cat health problems such as uterus infections and cancer at an advanced age, while neutered males show lesser aggression and violence.
You should also take your pet to a vet for regular check ups. Since symptoms for some cat health problems can often be difficult to notice, such regular visits to the vet can help you deal with problems, if any, at the right time.