I recently lost my persian . Had him for nearly 15 years. When I got him, I went and bought two books on raising cats/kittens and also sought the advice of people at the cat stores. He was a wonderful cat and a great character and I enjoyed my time with him immensely.
And he was quite inexpensive to run. Especially in TW. Its expensive to keep animals in the USA when they are old and require medical attention (insanely expensive in the USA, so much so that now you can buy insurance to cover that). Medical attention in Taiwan was far far cheaper. And in general they dont require too much medical attention if healthy and kept healthy.
Mine needed only an annual visit to the vet. And of course , keep his shots in order. IF a kitten there are specific times for specific shots. Seek the advice of a vet on this. Take him/her to a vet as soon as you get him/her for his/her first check up.
The litter box doesnt smell if you:
use the scoopable liter its better, but the plastic (silica) beads are not bad too and last bout a month. The plastic bead kind do give off a slight chemical smell. The plastic bead kind can last a month if you only have one cat, then must be replaced in its entirety.
change the entire liter once every 2 weeks even though its scoopable and theres plenty left. If using scoopable clay . the non scoopable clay lasts only a week, then must be replaced totally.
of course wash out the cat box everytime you replace the cat sand.
usually cats have one dump per day and 2 to 3 pissballs a day. Scoop and remove these soon as you can. I got into the habit of doing this first thing in the morning and last thing at nite and also first thing upon return home. The poop you can dump into the toilet (if theres no clay stuck to it or you use flushable clay). The piss balls can be kept in a wastebasket outside the house (these stink).
the cat box should not be kept in an enclosed space as that will stink.
Generally it seems wet food is preferable until the cat is six months or older then you can feed dry food. Its true, get the expensive dry foods. They are better. However, I caution to go back to wet food after the cat is over 7 years old as when they get older they drink less water. Its not very noticeable but it results in kidney disease later if they dont get enough water.
IN fact, it may be advisable not to feed dry cat food at all, but instead to feed only canned cat food. Or as many others say feed only carefully prepared raw food.
dry cat food is convenient for us owners but in the long run is not healthy for your pet.
Cats live 10 to 15 years on dry food but may live to 20 if on wet food. OF course , especially on wet food you need to brush their teeth. Brush gently with a cat toothbrush and you can use the cat toothpaste (but NEVER human toothpaste).
I do suggest getting a cat care book, its good reading.
Keep your cat safe and indoors at all times. Get a harness and you can teach him/her to walk and enjoy the outdoors with you attached to him via harness.
they need plenty of attention, just like dogs do. And they enjoy your attention.
Long hair cats are harder to keep because they need daily brushing and once a month washing. Short hairs dont need this as much in general.
Also get into the habit of clipping their claws often. But do NOT clip too close. Just a little bit. IF its enjoyable you can do this often and save yourself from DEEP scratches.
Also a nice cat scratch post IS ESSENTIAL> Cats need to CLAW often. They will claw your furniture if you do not provide a cat scratch post (or several) .
And pls play with your cat often, they love it, even well into adult years.
A cat requires a lot of attention. Maybe slightly less then a dog, but they do.
p.s. make sure to provide clean fresh water and change this water several times a day if possible (i do it twice) and wash out the bowl each time. Cats have very sensitive taste and prefer clean water and a clean bowl.
and remember they are not limited to the floor like dogs are. they can and will climb everywhere they can. On top of shelves, desks, tables, fridge tops. Allow them easy access. They will learn later which places not to go to. Allow them views of the outside world where possible. They love this. Just like you would if you are cooped indoors all day.
p.p.s. if and when giving a bath , its best to start when they are young as most cats dont like baths, but they can be trained to even enjoy it as mine did.
make sure they are safely inside the toilet and cant escape out when wet. Use baby shampoo (i find this the best) and avoid the face area. Wipe the face area with a damp towel instead of hosing his face. If you make bath time enjoyable they will not claw you to death.
I put my cat in a bucket , after a minute he will hunker down and enjoy the warm bath water. As long as you do NOT spray water in his face, make him choke on water. DO not get water in his nose or eyes. Remember to use a damp towel on his face area.
Afterwards dry with nice clean cloth and also make sure to blow dry him until he is 100pct dry. They can get sick if they are not dried well enough. Bath times in summer is easier as they can be dry enough at 90pct as its soo hot in summer. But wintertime pls make sure 100pct dry before you let him out into the living room.
The ears must be cleaned. I actually use a bit of shampoo directly into the ears and then lift his head up so water will not get to his face area and actually hose the ears directly with water. He will then shake all the excess out. It takes practice. In the beginning. just use a damp towel or damp dry towels to clean inside his ears. But his ears need to be cleaned.
kittens have dirtier ears and in fact you may have to use special ear cleaning solutions as they get these ear mites (for life but much much less of a problem when adults as their ears will be larger and dryer). The ear mites make them scratch like heck so their ears need to be cleaned often and gently.
ok enough for now. haha. really get a cat book as well. Its full of useful info.
heres a short clip of my dear departed friend smudgey on his harness leading the way home
he never walks away from the apt. only towards it. SO i have to carry him to the opposite side of the complex and he will lead the way home.
he also goes on escorted walks with me. im kinda pestering him here tho.
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