Basic Cat Care

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Every cat needs a certain level of care.  Depending on the breed, they may need specialized care in terms of grooming as well as any special health provisions.

The Stages of Feline Development

When a kitten is born itís hard to imagine them growing into full-grown cats.  When kittens are born they are blind and completely dependent on mom.  The first stage of their life involves eating and growing.  Once their eyes are open, however, they will begin to explore the world around them. 

 

By the time a kitten is four weeks old, they will begin romping around with their siblings.  They will begin to learn about the litter box as well as become well socialized.  In the wild, the mother will supplement their diet with prey that she has caught and killed.  This means you should consider providing a soft cat food or dry food that is softened with a little water.

 

By six to eight weeks they will begin exploring a little more.  They will venture into other rooms and follow their mother around.  They will also begin to develop their hunting abilities.  At eight weeks old they are usually completely weaned and ready to move to their new home.

 

For several months after weaning they will continue to grow and will do so rather quickly.  They will need series of vaccinations to ensure that they donít catch any diseases.  They will also learn how to interact with the family and learn their boundaries.  Your kitten should also learn his name and perhaps a few other commands.  If you have a longhaired cat, you will also need to begin regularly grooming the cat and get them used to it. 

 

As adolescents, cats will begin to transition from kittenhood to being a mature cat.  This means they may act like teenagers somewhat and have bad attitudes.  This stage begins around five to six months.  This may last until the cat reaches his first year.  He will be playful, but may occasionally get to rough. 

 

Cats should be neutered at six months of age, as they will be old enough to reproduce.  Neutering will also help them transition through their ďteenageĒ stage.  The cat will also begin to fill out and bulk up as it continues to mature. 

 

Older cats will also develop and go through different transitions.  For example, they will also go through a middle age period, just as people do.  The good news is that your cat doesnít have a credit card or money, so you donít have to worry about them running out and buying any expensive toys.  The boys might be interested in a new female companion though.

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