Caring for your Cats and Kittens
Just like humans, pets need love to be happy. You can show your pet cat love every day by stroking, cuddling and playing with him or her. This means you should never chase, yell, hit or throw things at your pet, not even when they are naughty. Just like us, they too can feel fear and pain but they do not know what they have done wrong. Use a different way to discipline them, called positive reinforcement – by giving them treats and attention when they do something right. Reward the good and do not punish the bad.
Your pet needs a plate of food every day. You can feed your cat fresh fish, tinned fish, meat or canned cat food. Cats cannot live on a vegetarian diet as they will get sick and die. You must feed your cat every day even if you want them to chase mice and rats. If you can feel or see your cat’s bones you must feed it more.
Like us, animals need to drink water every day. Make sure there is a bowl of clean water for them all the time.
Your cat needs to sleep in a safe place where they can see what is going on and keep safely away from dogs and mongooses that can hurt them. Get a cardboard box and make a bed out of an old towel, sheet or sulu. Cats like to be very clean so change the bedding every once in a while. Sleeping inside is a safer for a cat than sleeping outside. Indoor cats can live for more than 10 years. In Fiji stray cats only live 2-3 years. If outdoors, make sure their bed is up off the ground, out of rain, and sheltered from the wind.
TOILET Cats go to the toilet every day – just like you. If they are outside they will go on the grass. If they are inside you must
have a tray of sand or some mix for them to wee or poo in. Cats are very clean so change the sand every day.
Cats are natural hunters and will chase mice and rats. They are also very playful especially when they are young. Play with them by rolling a small ball or with a piece of string or wool. This is great exercise for them and they will love you for it!
Cats get worms in their stomach which can make them very thin and sick; kittens can die from having stomach worms. Vet clinics can provide you pills to kill the worms, which you need to give your pet cat once a month.
Ideally, your cat should be vaccinated by 12 weeks of age to stop them from getting serious diseases. You can take your cat to an animal veterinary clinic every year. Animal clinics can also desex your cat so you do not have unwanted kittens to worry about. This is a very easy operation. Take you cat to the vet clinic if he or she is injured, acts sick or stops eating for more than two days.
Many cats die because of dogs and mongoose attacks and being hit by cars on the road, as well as from not enough food and neglect. Your cat will love you and be a wonderful pet for many years if you look after it well.
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