Cat & Kitten

Feline Hope - Outer Banks Animal Shelter for cats and kittens

CAT & KITTEN CARE TIPS!

1.) Feed your cat a healthy diet and provide plenty of water at all times. Cats can sometimes have trouble with urinary tract infections. In male cats this can be fatal. Make sure your adult cats have a food lower in magnesium and ash; try not to give them any food with seafood in it. If you cat starts to urinate in strange place, take him/her to a vet. Cats are very clean animals and it could well be she is trying to tell you something. Also a clean litter pan ensures a happy kitty and one whose health is not endangered by a strained bladder.

2.) Make your pet a part of your family. Cats, although rumored to be aloof, are social creatures. Just like humans, they need affection, consistent affirmation, and entertainment. Offer plenty of toys with which they can play and both of you will have hours of enjoyment!

3.) Please do not declaw your cat! Should you adopt a cat who has already been declawed, we ask that you keep the cat as an inside cat only. Declawing a cat is no more natural than having your fingernails removed (declawing is tantamount to removing the first knuckle from a human). Claws are the only way cats can defend themselves. It is also the way they show pleasure and groom themselves. Please realize that upon adopting your cat through Feline Hope, we strongly recommend that you do not declaw your new pet.  Some people feel that declawing only the front claws will help save their furniture, but it could well turn your cat into a biter. Scratching posts range from very inexpensive cardboard to elaborate structures. Many veterinarians will refuse to declaw a cat now because they have come to realize how painful it is and how it can cause future complications.

4.) Keep up to date on shots and keep tags and collar on at all times.

5.) Although your cat may have been microchipped, the chips only work if the cat is taken to a shelter that scans them. Make sure you can easily slip a finger under the collar because a too tight collar is miserable; especially for growing kittens, the collar must be loosened periodically. Please make sure it is a breakaway collar so that there is no danger that your cat will get hung up on anything. Trying to keep a collar on your cat may be one of the most difficult parts of having a cat.

6.) Speaking of microchips…
Mail in the fee and information to the microchip company whose information has been provided. They system’s success depends on your registering your cat’s ID chip. This one step may mean life or death to your cat. Although not all shelters are scanning, many are coming to realize the necessity and benefit. Call your local shelter and ask first if they scan for micro ID chips and second if they work with local veterinarians and other animal protection groups who use a micro ID chip system. Even if they don’t scan for the brand chip you use, their scanner will detect a chip at which time they can contact another party with the correct scanner to find the information needed to get your cat back home to you.

7.) Groom your cat regularly. While cats will do an admirable job at taking care of themselves, they will benefit from regular brushing; otherwise, furballs (up the digestive tract or down) can create a problem. Attempt to use organic products with bathing or spraying for fleas. If this fails, ask your vet to suggest a product for both your pet and your house.

8.) Do not give medication to your cat without first checking with your veterinarian. Many medications or treatments used by humans with good results can be deadly for your cat. (e.g., Aspirin)

This is just a small list of suggestions. By taking good care of your cat, you insure that you will have a loving, understanding and faithful companion for many years.

Your Feline Hope cat has been spayed or neutered, tested and found negative for FeLV & FIV and given a rabies shot & FVRCP (Distemper)  shot.  We suggest you make an appointment with the veterinarian of your choice and discuss any other inoculations the cat may need i.e. Feline Leukemia vaccine if it goes outside.