Care and Management of Cats bY RACHEL DOLAN

Feeding Guidelines- A high-quality commercial adult cat food should always be fed because these diets have been specially formulated to contain all the nutrients that a cat requires. Lower quality commercial cat foods like Friskies contain all the nutrients a cat needs but may not be the best for your cat as it contains bad ingredients. A higher quality one like Royal Canin is much healthier for cats. Dry or wet food can be used but care should be taken to feed the correct amount, especially when feeding canned diets since it is easy to overfeed a cat. Once a cat becomes overweight or obese, it is much harder to lose the excess weight than it is to prevent them becoming overweight in the first place. Many owners prefer to feed small meals of moist food once or twice a day and provide dry food in between meals. This is fine as long as you ensure that your cat is receiving the proper number of calories and getting enough physical activity.

Grooming and care- Brushing your cat not only removes dirt, grease and dead hair from her coat, but it helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation, improving the overall condition of her skin. One or two brushings per week will help kitty to keep her healthy glow—and you’ll find that regular sessions are especially beneficial when your cat ages and is no longer able to groom so meticulously on thier own. Although cats can clean themselves, they require a good bath every once in a while. Wash your cat when they're at their yellowest.

Reproduction- One of the most interesting features of the reproductive process of cats is a phenomenon known as induced ovulation. The male cat's penis has backward pointing spines which scratch the interior of its partner, and cause ovulation to occur. Because pregnancy will not take place without this stimulus, quite often the first cat to mate with a queen with not father any kittens. However, the super-fertility of cats means that once she gets started, the female is capable of having a number of partners, and bearing kittens from several fathers in the same litter. The gestation of a femal cat is 56 to 71 days. An average litter is 3-6 cats but there can be up to 9.

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Created with images by DanielBrachlow - "cat domestic cat young cat" • Rhys A. - "Friskies: The Wise Choice" • wapiko☆ - "cat" • London looks - "Kittens!"

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