Feline guideline BY: Brianna ashworth

Feeding guidelines

List of brands

Friskies
  • Dry food
  • Adult cat
  • Ingredients: Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Beef Tallow Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Meat and Bone Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Animal Liver Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Salmon Meal, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Crab Meal, Potassium Chloride, Added Color Taurine
  • 5 - 9 pounds 1/2 - 3/4 cups ,10 - 14 pounds 3/4 - 1 cups

Purina one

  • Adult
  • Dry food
  • ingredients:Real Meat, Fish, or Poultry. The flavors they love that help provide the high-quality protein they need ,Omega Fatty Acids & Fats. Omega 3's and Omega 6's help support your pet's immune system ,Energy Rich Carbs, Vitamins & Minerals.
  • 5 to 9 lbs.(2.3 to 4.1 kg) 1/3 to 2/3 cup,(37 to 75 g) 1/4 to 1/2 cup(28 to 56 g)
  • Large,10 to 14 lbs.(4.5 to 6.5 kg) 2/3 to 1 cup,(75 to 112 g) 1/2 to 3/4 cup(56 to 84 g)
Grooming

Longhaired cats

  • How often? If your cat is longhaired, you should comb her once a day, or at least a, couple of times a week. Short- haired cats only need to be brushed once a week.
  • What you'll need. There are specially designed grooming tools for longhaired cats, but at the very least you'll need a good brush and comb.
  • Brushing. If your cat's fur isn't too tangled just give her coat a good brush. This shouldn't take longer than five to 15 minutes. Most cats love to be brushed, but if yours doesn't, let her go and try again later. Longhaired cats' fur sometimes gets matted. Holding on to the fur just below the knot while you brush will prevent the hair from pulling. If your cat's coat is really unmanageable, you could consider professional grooming.
  • Bathing :the occasional bath will help keep their coat in good condition and prevent a build up of grease.

Shorthaired

  • equipment: such as a fine-toothed flea,tick comb, a bristle brush, a rubber grooming pad or a mitten.
  • Plan to groom your cat at least once a week, using the flea comb first to check for fleas . Gently brush or comb your cat's hair, using strokes towards the tail starting from the head region, in the direction that the hair grows. Use the bristle brush to sweep up the coat in the direction of the head if your cat will tolerate it, and then smooth it down again . This will bring all the loose hairs to the surface so that you can then use the rubber grooming glove or pad from head to tail, removing dead hair and stimulating the blood supply to the skin. Any loose hairs lying on the surface of the coat can be removed with a damp cotton or rubber glove to produce the final glossy finish. These sessions should be as short or long as the cat is comfortable with, and should be ended before the cat shows any signs of discomfort.
  • Bathing: Sometimes only necessary if they have allergies
Reproduction

Female

  • Females take just 6 to 9 months to reach sexual maturity; but it is not unheard of for female kittens as young as 4 months to become pregnant.
  • Although female can become pregnant at any time of the year, there are specific mating seasons when cats become sexually active. In northern Europe it is usual for domestic female cats to come into heat (oestrus cycle) in January and then again in June.The oestrus cycle is the period in the female reproduction cycle when mating is most likely to occur. A heat period lasts about 4 to 7 days if the cat is mated, and longer otherwise. Female cats indicate their readiness to mate by calling for male company with a special type of yowl, which like the mating itself has often disturbed the sleep of humans who live in the vicinity.

Male

  • Males mature later than females
  • 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.

Pregnancy

  • The mother's eggs are fertilised in the oviduct and arrive in the uterus 4-5 days after mating. Cats do not go about the process quietly, and to the unpractised ear the process sounds remarkably like a prolonged and very vocal cat-fight.
  • Pregnancy lasts between 56 and 71 days, with the average pregnancy taking 68 days. Litters are most commonly of 3-6 kittens, but a single litter may have as many as nine.
  • A few days before she is due to give birth the pregnant female will become restless and will look for the best nest. This will normally be quiet, warm and in one of the darker parts of the house. This is where she will give birth.

Kittens

  • Kittens are both blind and deaf when born but otherwise well developed. They are, for example, more responsive than newborn puppies. A newborn kitten has a very good sense of smell and she will soon select a teat to feed from and will suck at no other. A kitten will be ready to play at three weeks old and will be fully weaned by 8 weeks. The mother can come into heat as soon as four weeks after giving birth.

Credits:

Created with images by cocoparisienne - "cat animal cat's eyes" • Crepessuzette - "cat food pet food" • Trish Hamme - "Ahhhhhhhh , more , MORE" • Jan-Mallander - "kittens cat cat puppy"

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