Teacup Persian Cats Care Recommendations

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Tips on How to Cat-Proof Your Home

Cats are curious by nature, so it’s important to cat-proof your house before bringing home your new pet, not only for its safety but also yours. Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for your new found pet:

Remove any poisonous plants

Cats like to chew anything, if your cat chews any plants, even the non-poisonous ones can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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Keep away Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are dangerous and are definitely fatal to your cats.

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Unplug your House

Do not leave your appliances plugged, as mentioned earlier, they will chew anything including electric wires, not only is this potentially fatal for your cat but also a dangerous threat for your home.

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Put a Lid on the Toilet

A kitten will likely fall inside the toilet, so do not leave them unattended.

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Do not leave Doors and Screens Unlocked

Don’t let your pet slip out and don’t leave them unattended.

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Environmental Requirements for Cats

As mentioned earlier, Cats love to play a lot, very energetic, highly sociable and demand lots of attention. Your Cats will need plenty of daily exercises in the form of active playtime and it will want to spend a lot of time with you as well. Make sure you can give your pet lots of attention.

In terms of its habitat requirements, what your cat really needs is lots of room to roam around with. It will also need plenty of stimulating and engaging toys to play with to help him work off its excess energy.

Cats love to climb, so consider buying or building a cat tree for your Cats.

You can also install shelving on your walls to give your cat a place to perch, that way it can have an overview of the whole place and may feel secure. Just be careful about decorating your house with things that can be knocked over; cats are notorious for making a game of knocking things off shelves.

Your Cats will not need a crate like a dog does, but you should provide it with a nice comfy bed. Many cat owners find that their cats do not actually sleep in their cat beds; they prefer to sleep in boxes or in other strange locations.

To encourage your cat to use the bed, try sprinkling it with catnip. You may even want to keep several beds around the house in places your Cats is likely to hang out like in a quiet room, under a window or in the living room.

Another environmental factor you need to consider for cats is the temperature. Even if these cats have a thick coat of fur to keep them warm, the ambient temperature in your house should still be normal, not too hot and not too cold either. You should also avoid exposing your Cats to too much sunlight because it might cause skin or coat issues.

Toys and Accessories for Cats

Cats are naturally athletic animals. Playing is also important for mental and physical stimulation, it serves as an outlet for their natural hunting drive, and it’s also a chance for them to bond with you. It’s both fun and healthy for your pet. Cats are quite good at keeping themselves busy, you don’t need to buy expensive toys in order to keep them stimulated, although sometimes it is also advisable because some toys are designed to develop certain physical aspects. Aside from toys you can buy in pet stores, here are some examples of improvised or Do-It-Yourself toys you can find in your household to make your cat or kitten active and lively! You can be as creative and interactive as you want to be when making activities with these things:

Important Reminder:

Before using the items above, remove any objects that your cat could chew or swallow such as ribbons, plastic bag, feathers, rubber bands, strings, paper clips, pins, tinsel, needles or other small decorations. If possible, always supervise your cat when he/she is playing and keep harmful objects out of reach.

Tips in Keeping Your Cats Happy Indoors and Outdoors

Cats are meant to stay indoors; while it is true that letting your cat play or roam around outside may exercise their hunting skills, staying outdoors could potentially be harmful to your cat because of dangerous factors such as predators, and exposure to diseases. Below are some tips you can do to keep your cat happy and stimulated by maximizing the benefits of letting it stay outdoors without the risks:

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Provide fences, a screened porch or a safe enclosure. Be sure to cat-proof your yard so that your cat could experience the outdoors safely.

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Buy a harness and train your cat to walk on a leash when going around the neighborhood

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Install padded perches indoors near a window frame or in your patio so that your pet could enjoy and hang out

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Consider buying a ready-made cat tree to provide climbing opportunities for your cat inside.

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Plant cat grass inside your house where your cat can graze

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Cats loves to play, so keep lots of cat toys out and put anything precious and destructible away

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Socialize the kitten early on with as many people as you possibly can to prevent the cat becoming a one-person cat

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If you want to bring them outside, Cats are easily harness trained.

Nutritional Needs of Cats

Feeding your cats is not that complicated. However, its level of activity should be taken into consideration to meet its nutritional diet. They’re not choosy eaters but it is highly recommended that cats, like many other pets, should be given the right amount of recommended food for a balanced nutrition because proper diet can lengthen the life expectancy of your cat. In this section, you’ll learn the majority of your pet’s nutritional needs as well as feeding tips and foods that are good and harmful.

Essential Nutrients

a.) Protein

Generally cats’ bodies can’t produce essential amino acids on their own. Amino acids are the building blocks of life and these provide energy. Cats can get most of their protein from meat, fish, and other animal products. Some animal-based protein is easier to digest than plant-based protein and is better suited to the cat’s digestive system. For kittens, recommended amount is 10 grams, while adult cats need about 12 .5 grams of protein daily. See pet food labels when buying cat food.

b.) Fats and Fatty Acids

Cats coats are one of its unique physical features which is why essential fatty acids are necessary to keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy. Lack of fatty acids can lead to different problems and abnormalities of the nervous system. Dietary fats can usually be found in animal fats and the seed oils of various plants. Fatty acids play an important role in cell structure and function. Fats provide the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. For kittens, recommended amount is 4 grams, while adult cats need about 5.5 grams of fatty acids or fats daily.

c.) Calories

This nutrient is one of the main sources of energy among cats and even humans. You can find calories in several commercial cat foods such as cereals, legumes and other vegetables.

For kittens (after weaning), recommended daily caloric intake is 200 calories, while daily caloric intake for adult cats ranges from 170 – 1,091 calories depending on their weight.

d.) Vitamins

Cats coats are one of its unique physical features which is why essential fatty acids are necessary to keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy. Lack of fatty acids can lead to different problems and abnormalities of the nervous system. Dietary fats can usually be found in animal fats and the seed oils of various plants. Fatty acids play an important role in cell structure and function. Fats provide the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. For kittens, recommended amount is 4 grams, while adult cats need about 5.5 grams of fatty acids or fats daily.

e.) Minerals

There are twelve essential minerals that you need to include in your cat’s diet. These minerals mainly provide are crucial in creating strong bones and teeth, for muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission and to prevent formation of stones as well as to provide necessary enzyme’s that your cat’s body needs. These are the following minerals your cat needs to intake daily: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Copper, Chlorine, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Iodine & Manganese.

*Consult with your veterinarian if you need to know the specific vitamin your cat needs as well as the amount needed for each. These can be found in the Nutritional Information section of the cat food.

f.) Water

Hydration is just as important for cats as it is for human beings especially during hot weather conditions to avoid dehydration. However, cats don’t drink as much as water as dogs do, mainly because of their evolution as desert animals. Still, cats should be given access to clean, fresh and cool water. Inability to provide clean water to your cat may cause upset stomach with unbearable stomachache.

Water is vital to maintain cells, digestion, coat, skin and metabolism.

Types of Commercial Cat Foods

There are three major types of commercial cat foods; these are dry, semi moist, and canned. Dry food contains 6 to 10% moisture, semi moist is 15 to 30% and canned is 75%. Most canned food has relatively more fat, protein and animal products and lesser carbohydrates than dry and semi-moist food.

Pet food labels must list the percentage of protein, fat, fibre, and water in the food. Ask your veterinarian on how to properly read pet food labels so that you can get the most out of the food.
For adult Cats cats, it is recommended that you give them dry foods because it is beneficial for their jaw muscles and digestion. An added benefit is that it will not spoil if in case they have any left overs, unlike moist or canned foods.

Food Additives

There are other substances that are not required but may also help in your cat’s health such as the following:

  • Chondroprotective agents – which is mostly used by the body to make cartilage and joint tissues.
  • Antioxidants – which are known to prevent oxidative damage nutrients
  • Herbs – known to have medicinal effect on the body
  • Flavors and Extracts – derived from animal tissues such as poulty and fish

Tips in Selecting a High-Quality Cat Food Brand

The task of choosing a high-quality cat food can be difficult for some cat owners simply because there are so many different options to choose from. If you walk into your local pet store you will see multiple aisles filled with bags of cat food from different brands and you may also notice that most brands offer a number of different formulas. So how do you choose a healthy at food for your Cats cat without spending hours and money at the pet store?

The best place to start when shopping for cat food is to read the cat food label. Pet food in the United States is loosely regulated by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and they evaluate commercial pet food products according to their ability to meet the basic nutritional needs of cats in various life stages. 

If the cat food product you are looking at contains this statement you can move on to reading the ingredients list. Cat food labels are organized in descending order by volume. This means that the ingredients at the top of the list are used in higher quantities than the ingredients at the end of the list. This being the case, you want to see high-quality sources of animal protein at the beginning of the list because protein is the most important nutrient for cats. Things like fresh meat, poultry or fish are excellent ingredients but they contain about 80% water.

After the product is cooked, the actual volume and protein content of the ingredient will be less. Meat meals (like chicken meal or salmon meal) have already been cooked down so they contain up to 300% more protein by weight than fresh meats.

In addition to high-quality animal proteins, you want to check the ingredients list for healthy fats and a limited amount of digestible carbohydrates. In terms of fat, you want to see at least one animal source such as chicken fat or salmon oil.

Plant-based fats like flaxseed and canola oil are not necessarily bad, but they are less biologically valuable for your cat. If they are accompanied by an animal source of fat, it is okay. Just make sure that the fats included in the recipe provide a blend of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This will help to preserve the skin condition of your Cats cat.

For cats, digestible carbohydrates include things like brown rice and oatmeal, as long as they have been cooked properly. You can also look for gluten-free and grain-free options like sweet potato and tapioca. It is best to avoid products that are made with corn, wheat, or soy ingredients because they are low in nutritional value and may trigger food allergies in your cat.

You also want to avoid commercial cat foods that contain a large amount of carbohydrates since the cat’s body is not adapted to digesting plant materials as effectively as animal products. Cats only need a very small amount of fiber.

In addition to checking the ingredients list for beneficial ingredients you should also know that there are certainly things you do not want to see listed.

Avoid products made with low-quality fillers like corn gluten meal or rice bran – you should also avoid artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Some commonly used artificial preservatives are BHA and BHT. In most cases the label will tell you if natural preservatives are used. When reading the label for commercial cat food products you need to be careful about taking health claims and marketing gimmicks with a grain of salt. Just because the label includes words like “natural” or “holistic” means that it is true, you cannot make assumptions about what those terms actually mean since the definitions are not regulated for pet foods like they are for people food.

It’s important to check for the AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy as well as the ingredients list instead of just trusting what the manufacturer says about the product.

How to Feed Your Cats

Whether you have a finicky or overzealous eater, your cat’s needs to be fed properly and it’s also important
that you have fun doing so! Below are some tips on how to properly feed your cat so that feeding time can be more effective and enjoyable. The purpose of a cat’s whiskers is for it to navigate its surroundings, as well as determine the width of openings, and even communicate mood. Here are tips for choosing a dish that is suitable for your cat’s whiskers:

Choose a dish large enough to hold a day’s worth of food, with a lip just tall enough to keep the food contained while letting your cat easily observe the room.
If you constantly find yourself cleaning up after your cat, consider a wide plate large enough to catch stray kibble or canned food.
Use a shallow bowl that your cat can grab food from without impeding the whiskers.

Dish Placement

Where you place the dish plays an important role in your cat’s level of comfort at feeding time. Below are some tips on the ideal and recommended location of your cat’s dish or bowl:

  • Try placing the dish in the open to maximize sight lines. It also helps lessen the tension.
  • Do not place your cat’s dish in the corner of a room or on an edge because it’s difficult to see the surroundings. This is also recommended with multiple cats.

Feeding Accessories

A puzzle feeder or a food distributor ball is ideal especially if your cat is overweight or has a tendency to eat a lot of food in just one sitting. These accessories are also great for enhancing the curious and intelligent minds of cats.

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You can find such accessories at your local pet store or even online. Its cost vary depending on the brand of the product

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Both puzzle feeders and food distributor balls fuel up your cat's desire to hunt and work search for food.

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Always check the feeders after use to make sure your cat is actually eating the recommended daily amount of food.

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