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Useful Information

Cats & Kittens - Useful Information

Useful Information, Hints & Tips for Cat Owners

We've gathered some useful information here for customers who own or are considering owning a cat/kitten.  As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.


About Cats
 
Like dogs, cats have been domestic pets for hundreds of years, the ancient Egyptian Cats were sacred to Bast, the Goddess of Love, fertility and joy. Characteristically upright, confident of their strength and presence, they represented the power of the sun to ripen crops through the Sun God Khepri. The aloofness of those cats is still a trait in some cats of today. Cats have a tendency toward more independents than dogs, although very affectionate they can take themselves off to do their own thing making a cat flap essential to allow them to indulge in the freedom that they sometimes seek. Many cat societies do not recommend keeping a free ranging cat if the owner lives on a busy main road.
 
Like puppies, kittens need to be wormed for round worms, at two weeks of age and then two weekly by the breeder with a follow up regime by its new owner until 12 weeks old, thereafter worm every three months. If fleas are present a multiwormer can be used to eradicate round worm and tape worm after twelve weeks of age. Veterinary strength kitten and cat flea treatments and wormers are available from Pets Plus and great Pet Plus prices in spot on, syrup, cream and tablet form.
 
Cats are susceptible to fleas which they can pick up when roaming around in long grass and hedgerows, these can be treated with veterinary strength flea products from Pets Plus at prices much lower than what one might think. they are available in spot on, spray. and collar form. 
 
Kittens can be reared conventionally on wet foods, fresh meat and fish milk and added supplements or on complete dry foods suitable for kittens and changed to adult complete food after twelve months. Pets plus suggest Burns (formulated by vets and free of additives) Origin (winner of best pet food of the year award, made from natural ingredients) James Well (Hypo-allergenic and free from additives) and Science Plan. When kittens mature into adults most will developed their natural instinct to prey on birds, mice and small animals sometimes to consume as part of their diet and at other times bringing them home as presents.

Male cats generally have a greater tendency towards being a lap cat. Female cats although affectionate on their terms, tend to be more inclined to independence and to search out pray.
 

Medical Information & Illness

Cats are susceptible to fleas which they can pick up when roaming around in long grass and hedgerows, these can be treated with veterinary strength flea products from Pets Plus at prices much lower than what one might think. they are available in spot on, spray. and collar form. 

Cats should display the same demeanour day to day, if any of the following occur seek advice from someone you trust or a vet:
  • Cat with normal appetite refuses to eat  
  • Active cat becomes lethargic
  • Cat continuously vomits
  • Cat has unusually loose motions or diarrhoea
  • There is a loss of blood
  • Cat does not want to rise
  • Cat is unconscious
  • Cat is having a fit or seizure

Cats Needs and Care
  • Water - Constant supply of water (sometimes milk).                             
  • Food - one or two meals a day.       
  • Exercise - Free roaming cats will get enough, allow confined cats access to rooms and provide an aerobic station for climbing and playing.                                               
  • Company - Cats, inspite of their independence need company and affection usually on their terms.   
  • Confined cats - Provide a cat litter tray and cat litter, remove soiled areas daily.

Cat Products Stocked at Pets Plus
  • Indoor cages and carriers, cat litter trays, cat litter, cat flaps.
  • Food and water dishes metal plastic and china, gravity drinkers, mats
  • Collars and harnesses
  • Grooming brushes and combs, trimmers, nail clippers and scissors
  • Variety of dry Complete Foods, frozen fresh meats and fish, natural cooked meats and fish in pouches, treats.
  • Beds, scratching posts, catnip leaves and spray, catnip toys, variety of toys and play stations.
  • Veterinary strength Flea treatments and wormers, Vitamin and mineral supplements, deterrent and furniture protectors.
If you would like to view our range of cat and kitten products, please visit our shop or feel free to call us for advice or to check the availability of any items that you may want.


Responsibility of Ownership
 
Register your kitten or cat with a veterinary surgery. Feed your cat regularly with a nutritionally balanced diet. feed your cat from a bowl not your plate. Provide a bed. When stroking or grooming, check for burrs, fleas, ticks and lumps. Regularly clean and groom your cat, do not allow the coat to become matted. Bath only when necessary. When away on holiday do not leave your cat unattended. Persons caring for your cat should know your vets contact number. Talk to your vet about neutering to avoid unwanted kittens. Cats should wear a collar with an identification tag, when out or be identity chipped. Do not leave cats alone with children, ensure that children respect cats.
 

If you would like to view our range of cat and kitten products, please visit our shop or feel free to call us for advice or to check the availability of any items that you may want.
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