Cat Care

Remember:  A cat is for life!  Don’t buy or adopt a cat unless you can commit to caring for it for longterm.

Diet
Cats are carnivores (meat eaters). They have specific nutritional needs and should be fed age-appropriate, high protein, high quality  food. Clean water should always be available, and the water and food bowls should be cleaned daily. Cats should be fed 2 meals a day.   Kittens grow so rapidly, they need high quality kitten food for their nutritional demands. Young kittens, <4 months need to be  fed 3-4 times a day Kittens up to 6 months of age need to eat 2-3 times a day.

Exercise
Cats and kittens enjoy the exercise associated with play. Provide toys to chase and entertain. If there are two felines in the  household, they will keep active by chasing and playing with each other.

Grooming/Bathing
Most cats do not need to be bathed as they are very clean animals Start grooming your cat at an early age, brushing and grooming  helps rid excess hair that may form hairballs Nail trimming should be done once a month Cats’ ears need regular gentle cleaning to  ensure they are free of parasite.

Training
Cats can be trained but they do learn differently. Patience and practice are the key. Refer to cat care guides for more information.

Vaccinations
Cats need their Distemper and Rabies.  Also, they need to be tested for Feline Aids and Feline Lukemia.  All animals need to be  microchipped! Vaccinations must be kept current to protect your pet.

Health
As well as regular annual vaccinations, your cat/kitten must be wormed regularly – every 3 months is recommended. To keep your  cat/kitten as healthy as possible you should  feed appropriate high quality food keep in a safe environment give regular vaccinations keep your pet indoors especially at night groom your pet daily to keep it free of parasites.

Spay and Neuter
Neutering will improve your cats’ life, a neutered cat will NOT develop uterine, ovarian or testicular cancers and the risk of  mammary cancer is significantly reduced. Neuter your cat at 6 months of age at the latest to prevent unwanted litters.

Declawing
This procedure is outlawed in many countries and should NEVER be considered. Cats can be trained not to claw furniture by the  provision of scratching posts and cat trees. If you have rescued a de-clawed cat they should never be allowed outside unsupervised  as they have no defenses against any dangers.

Toilet Training
Cats and kittens are naturally clean animals. They need a litter box in a quiet place with appropriate cat litter; you will find they will  use the litter with very little encouragement. The litter needs to be scooped at least once daily to remove waste as cats are fastidious  with their toilet habits generally, and will stop using a litter box if it’s not kept clean.

Indoor Cats
Cats make ideal indoor pets.  They do not need to go outside and will be very happy in an indoor environment provided they have  plenty of things to keep them amused. In Bangkok this is a sensible consideration for two main reasons: many people live in  apartments/condos, so an indoor pet is easier; the streets of Bangkok are not safe for cats due to the prevalence of street dogs and  the busy roads. If you live in a condo with balconies you should consider screening your balcony or not giving your cats access as,  whilst unusal, it is possible for them to fall and suffer injury.