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Importance of Cat Care

Cats are known to be solitary creatures and enjoy spending time with themselves. However, as a pet parent, you must ensure that your cat remains healthy. It is advisable to keep an eye on your cat’s behavior to detect a sudden change, even what it eats, and in how much quantity. A regular health checkup is one of the most basic yet essential steps to a cat/kitty care guide. Taking care of cats is comparatively easier than taking care of kittens. A diligently followed routine for cat care can also be quite helpful. 
 

Do's & Don'ts Every Cat Parent Should Know:

  • Medical care - Adult cats should be taken to the vet for a complete checkup at least once a year. This will ensure that your cat is in good health and will also catch any disease symptom overlooked by you. 
  • Hygiene - Cats usually lick and clean themselves, but it is always advisable to bathe your cat every 4-6 weeks. Their crates should also be cleaned regularly to make sure they do not fall sick. 
  • Feeding – Till the time your kitten is four months old, it can be fed three times a day. Post four months, you can begin the transition to feeding it twice a day. It is still advisable to consult a vet before deciding the frequency of the meals. 
  • Dental care - Your cat’s dental care is just as important as yours. It is advisable to set a dental care routine right from its kitten phase. You can dip your gloved finger in a little toothpaste made for cats in its mouth to clean their teeth and gums. If your cat’s mouth smells bad, it may be an indication of a disease. So, book an appointment with your vet without any delay. 
  • Socializing - You can get your cat to socialize too, but you have to keep a few things in mind. You may get down to its level to initiate contact and speak in a calm voice. You may also pat its head to let it get familiarized with your touch.
     

Housetraining Your Cat

Now that you have brought your cat home, the next step is to comfortably settle it in your house. Housetraining might sound like a tedious task but it isn’t. With a little practise and lots of patience, you can easily housetrain your cat. Some of the most basic things to keep in mind while housetraining your cat include providing a proper litter box, spaying your cat, toilet training and cat proofing the house. Given below are some tips that may help you easily housetrain your cat:

  • Litter box – It is advisable to place the litter box in an easily accessible location. You should avoid moving the litter box unless necessary. And even if you have to move it, shift it a few inches every day. Also, keep in mind that your cat will not use a dirty or smelly litter box. Hence, scoop out the solid waste at least once a day and clean it using mild detergents. 
  • Cat-Proofing – It is important that you keep harmful things out of reach from your cat. First and foremost, tie up all loose cables and wires so that your cat won’t get tangled in them. Make sure candles and other flaming substances are kept at an unobtainable distance from the cat. If you use essential oils frequently, make sure your cats do not come in contact with them either, because certain ingredients in these oils may be toxic for your feline friend.  
  • Spaying – Spaying your cat has several health benefits and ensures your cat lives a healthy life. You may fix an appointment to spay your kitten when it is as young as eight weeks old. If you have a cat, it is advisable to get it spayed before it reaches five months of age.
  • Toilet Training – This is one of the major concerns of all cat parents. Here’s how you can toilet-train your cat with a few simple steps – 

          1) Place the cat’s litter box closer to the washroom. 

          2) Raise the height of the litter box a little every day. 

          3) Slowly, transition your cat to use the actual washroom every time it wants to go. 

          4) Give your cat a treat each time it uses the washroom. This will encourage good behavior. 

 

Common Cat Diseases

Taking care of your cat’s health comes first in the cat/kitty care guide. Even though cats lick and self-groom themselves, they cannot get better on their own if they contract the following diseases:

  • Vomiting – This is one of the most common health issues in cats and is caused by various factors. Hairballs, eating something inedible, or a urinary tract infection are some of the reasons why your cat may be vomiting. 
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD) – Both male and female cats can contract FLUTD and its main cause is obesity or only eating dry food. Some of the symptoms of FLUTD are bloody urine, crying while urinating, straining to pee, licking around the urinary area due to pain, dehydration, and vomiting. 
  • Diarrhea - Cancer, infection, allergy and bad food can be the causes of diarrhoea. It is advisable to give your cat a lot of fresh water to drink if it has diarrhoea. 
  • Tapeworms – Tapeworms can cause extreme discomfort to your cat as they reside in its intestines. You can spot tapeworms with your naked eye in your cat’s stools. The symptoms of worms are vomiting and weight loss. 
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – This virus can make the immune cells attack the white blood cells in the cat’s body. This gradually weakens the cat’s immune system. FIV’s symptoms are poor coat condition, persistent diarrhea, seizures, eye problems, lack of appetite, and recurring fever. 
     

If you notice unaccountable minor changes in your cat, then it is advisable to rush to the vet to rule out any of the above-mentioned diseases and seek proper treatment on time. 
 

Cat Care Tips for First Time Owners 

‘How to take care of a cat’ is a question asked by many first-time cat owners, as cats can be difficult to figure out. But with a few careful steps, you can easily take care of your cat. Here are some cat care tips for first-time cat owners:

  • Cats are not easily adaptive to change. So, when you bring your cat home for the first time, you need to help it familiarize with the new surroundings by setting up its own space in the house. You can also add a cheery vibe to its crate by adding toys and a blanket. 
  • Find a vet you can visit for your cat’s timely checkups. It is not advisable to ignore even the smallest recognized change in its health, and it is better to get it checked by the vet. 
  • Cats love quality playtime as well. We recommend you get adorable toys for your feline friend to play with. You, too, can bond with your cat during this time. 
  • Give it time to adapt to its new surroundings and the new people around them. 
  • Ensure you buy healthy cat food for your new friend in advance and set a timetable for its meals. 

 

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    Penjelasan Pernyataan AAFCO

    Apa itu AAFCO?

    Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) atau Asosiasi Pejabat Pengawas Makanan Hewan Amerika dibentuk pada tahun 1909 untuk menetapkan sebuah kerangka kerja bagi regulasi yang seragam dalam industri makanan hewan. Meskipun bukan merupakan badan pemerintah, AAFCO beroperasi dalam panduan undang-undang federal dan negara bagian termasuk undang-undang yang diselenggarakan oleh Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dan Departemen Pertanian A.S. (USDA).


    Apa yang Dilakukan AAFCO?

    AAFCO menetapkan standar atau mode untuk regulasi yang ditujukan untuk menjamin bahwa produsen memberikan informasi yang jelas, akurat, dan konsisten mengena makanan hewan, termasuk makanan hewan peliharaan.

    Setiap tahun AAFCO menerbitkan publikasi resmi yang disebut Manual AAFCO. Manual ini, di samping daftar definisi bahan dan istilah dalam makanan hewan, memaparkan masalah pelabelan seperti format label, daftar bahan, dan klaim nutrisi, serta analisis terjamin.

    Regulasi model ini berbeda dari undang-undang. Namun demikian, sejumlah besar pemerintah negara bagian telah mengadopsi regulasi model makanan hewan peliharaan AAFCO ke dalam undang-undang negara bagian.
     

    Apa Itu Pernyataan AAFCO?

    “Pernyataan AAFCO terkait kecukupan atau tujuan nutrisi,” yang disebut juga sebagai “klaim nutrisi” atau “pernyataan lengkap dan seimbang,” mengidentifikasi untuk tahap kehidupan dan/atau gaya hidup yang manakah suatu produk disetujui. Di bawah regulasi AAFCO, pernyataan ini harus diperkuat oleh pihak produsen.



    AAFCO mengakui tiga metode untuk memperkuat klaim tersebut:

    Analisis laboratorium
    Produk akhir dibandingkan dengan nilai nutrisi minimum yang ditetapkan dalam Profil Nutrisi AAFCO untuk anjing atau kucing.
    Label menyatakan: Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC diformulasikan untuk memenuhi tingkat nutrisi yang ditetapkan dalam Profil Nutrisi Makanan Anjing (Kucing) AAFCO untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai).
    Uji coba pemberian makan
    Produk akhir yang telah diuji di laboratorium diberikan kepada anjing dan kucing sesuai dengan protokol AAFCO.
    Label menyatakan Uji pemberian makan kepada hewan dengan menggunakan prosedur AAFCO memperkuat bahwa Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai)
    Analisis untuk membandingkan kecukupan nutrisi
    Analisis laboratorium terhadap produk akhir dibandingkan dengan nilai nutrisi dari produk sejenis yang diberikan kepada anjing dan kucing sesuai dengan protokol AAFCO.
    Label menyatakan Makanan Anjing (Kucing) ABC menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk (tahap kehidupan yang sesuai) dan sebanding kecukupan nutrisinya dengan produk yang telah diperkuat melalui uji pemberian makan AAFCO
     

    Apakah Protokol Pemberian Makan AAFCO?

    AAFCO telah memaparkan protokol atau panduan yang sangat spesifik untuk melaksanakan uji pemberian makan. Protokol tersebut menentukan kriteria uji termasuk hal-hal seperti:

    Jumlah minimum hewan
    Durasi uji
    Pemeriksaan fisik oleh dokter hewan
    Pengamatan dan pengukuran klinis termasuk berat badan, tes darah, dan pengujian taurin dalam darah untuk kucing.
    Setiap tahap kehidupan memiliki protokol tersendiri. Tahap kehidupan pada anjing dan kucing adalah sama dan didefinisikan sebagai:

    Pemeliharaan Dewasa
    Pertumbuhan
    Hamil/Menyusui
    Semua Tahap Kehidupan
     

    Apa Maksud dari "Semua Tahap Kehidupan"?

    Makanan hewan peliharaan dengan klaim "Semua Tahap Kehidupan" dapat digunakan mulai dari tahap penyapihan hingga dewasa. Klaim ini dianggap sebagai pernyataan yang tidak memenuhi syarat (mutlak) terkait kecukupan nutrisi. Jika diperkuat melalui uji pemberian makan, maka protokol untuk tahap kehidupan hamil/menyusui dan pertumbuhan harus dilakukan secara berurutan, dengan menggunakan kelompok hewan yang sama.
     

    Apa Maksud dari "Pemberian Makan Intermiten"?

    Regulasi AAFCO menyatakan bahwa penjelasan spesifik harus digunakan jika makanan ditujukan untuk kebutuhan nutrisi atau diet khusus yang mengharuskan keterlibatan dokter hewan untuk keperluan diagnosis, penatalaksanaan, dan tindak lanjut.
     

    Kesimpulan

    Memahami pernyataan AAFCO untuk kecukupan nutrisi dapat membantu pelanggan dalam memilih makanan berkualitas tinggi yang menyediakan nutrisi lengkap dan seimbang untuk tahap kehidupan yang tepat bagi anjing atau kucing mereka.
     

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