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Advice For Looking After a New Cat

Discipline is essential to ensure that you the first few months of you and your cat becoming accustomed to each other run smoothly. A good method of correction is to fill a tin can with a few pennies. When the cat does something inappropriate, rattle the can next to her head. Cats hate this sound, it will act as a sort of aversion therapy and the cat will not associate your voice with being in trouble.

Another effective way of correcting the cat is by using a water gun. Obviously, a power hose on full power into the side of the cat’s head is a little excessive, but a quick squirt with a child’s water pistol is most effective. The cat will not be aware that it is you who is causing this shock, but she will learn to associate inappropriate behaviour with the unpleasantness.

Health care is of extreme importance to a young kitten as they are extremely susceptible to disease if they are not properly vaccinated. Vaccinations are usually most effective when administered at four to six week intervals between the ages of seven and nine weeks.

Recommended vaccinations include those for Herpesvirus (Rhinotracheitis), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Regular and thorough grooming is important to the health of your cat as it prevents the risk of insect infestation.

Feeding a cat the right food dictates whether she will be healthy and happy or if she will struggle throughout her life with illness. It is usually advisable to remain with the same type of dry cat-food. Although humans require changes in their diet cats do not, in fact it is detrimental to her health. Cats become ill if they are fed little bits of human food, this causes the digestive enzymes to function incorrectly.

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