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Kitten and cat adoption basics
Kitten and cat adoption basics

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Caitlin Lewis, Community Outreach Manager for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, explains what you should do before you adopt a kitten or cat, including how to choose a cat personality that meshes with your family.
Plus, you’ll learn about the adoption process and how to prep your home to make your new cat feel welcome.
Hi, I'm Caitlin Lewis, Community Outreach Manager for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, on behalf of IAMS. Wanting to adopt a cat or kitten, but not sure where to start or what to expect? Well, we're here to talk about everything you need to think about and do before, during, and after a cat adoption, in order to have a great experience for you and to provide a great home for your new pet.
Research is a vital part of pet adoption. So we encourage prospective adopters to make several visits to their local animal organizations during the process.
Utilize their websites, so you can clearly understand the needs of your prospective pet, before making this important decision. Before heading to the shelter, you'll want to identify which cat breed would best fit your lifestyle.
Fewer than 10% of the world's cats, both in and out of shelters, are purebred. The majority, common house cats, have charmed their way into becoming the number-one most popular pet in the United States. Before heading to the shelter, there are a couple of final considerations for you and your family. If yours is a full-time working household, it is recommended that you pass up kittens and adolescents, cats less than 18 months old, in favor of a more low-key adult, whose energy needs will be easier to meet. If you're a novice cat owner, think twice about excessive cats—excessively shy, aggressive, or demanding—for they may provide too great of a challenge for your first experience. Is coat color or pattern important?
By all means, choose a cat who attracts you. But remember that the gorgeous calico hiding at the back of her cage may well go into prolonged hiding once she is released into your home.
A cat that is social and relaxed at the shelter usually has the ease to meet the stresses that life throws her way. Consider the whole cat, not just one element. Your best bet is the friendly outgoing cat, who offers an outstretched paw through the cage bars, and who nuzzles and purrs when you hold him in your arms.
This profile is a particularly good choice for families with young children. A cat in your life can add warmth, humor, and peace of mind. A cat can teach your child empathy for others, while keeping her secrets. If you can make the commitment, a cat is waiting to enhance your life in ways only a kindred spirit can. Loving pets of all shapes and sizes are waiting in animal shelters, hoping to find a permanent home. But there are many misconceptions about shelter pets.
Shelter animals can make wonderful lifelong companions, if only given the chance. People often think shelters contain only the rejects, pets that have a health or behavior problem. This is not true. Shelters are filled with animals that have been surrendered by their owners because of divorce, owner illness, allergies, new babies, and inexperienced owners.
Most shelter pets would like nothing more than a chance at a happy life and their own family to share it with.
There are so many reasons for adopting from a shelter. Shelters have all types of pets, mixed breeds, purebreds, young and old. Regardless of the shape, size, or breed, most shelter pets are vet checked, healthy, and ready for their new homes, and will likely save you money, too.
Adoption fees for shelter pets are typically less expensive than those you would find at a pet store or a breeder. Initial vet checks, vaccines, de-worming, and spay/neuter surgery are already included as part of the cost. You also get literature on caring for your new cat or kitten, plus support and guidance from shelter staff if you have questions.
Pet adoption is an exciting but also time-consuming process. It's always best to call ahead to the animal shelter and find out what documents you need to bring with you. Typical items include: Picture identification with your current address If you're renting, bring your lease or a letter from your landlord. It must state that you are permitted to have pets and how many. Your landlord's contact information should also be displayed. If you own your home, you might be requested to provide proof of ownership, references.
Have a list of references handy, including their phone numbers, and ask them for permission before using them as a reference. If you've had pets before, including a veterinary reference is a good idea.
Cash, debit card, or credit card for paying the adoption fee. Smaller shelters or rescue organizations sometimes don't accept credit cards. Ask before if you're unsure. Everyone in your family.
Many shelters require that every person in your household meet the pet you may be adopting. This is to ensure that everyone gets along and agrees to the adoption. Once you've introduced a new cat to the family, you want to make sure they feel at home as quickly as possible. Cats’ ideal refuge is a place where they can go and be with their things: a soft bed, food and water, a scratching post, and plenty of toys. Their area should be away from the rest of the house and out of the line of traffic.
Finding just the right cat or kitten for you or your family is a rewarding experience. When that is coupled with bringing them home from a shelter, it is a double reward. By doing your homework and with a little patience, you'll have her home in no time. Let's recap. Do your research. Identify what type of cat would suit your family and lifestyle. Consider adopting from a shelter. And lastly, find out what you'll need to bring to the shelter.
I'm Caitlin Lewis, on behalf of IAMS. To join the IAMS community, for more information and offers, check out the website.

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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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