Feed 2 to 3 small meals daily; cats prefer to eat throughout the day and this is the best feeding method if the food can be kept fresh and the cat will not overeat. Watch cat for signs of boredom, as bored cats will seriously overeat if food is always available. Offering wet food to your cat is a good way to help ensure they get adequate hydration.
Using a pet fountain to provide fresh, clean, moving water for your cat may stimulate them to drink more, helping them stay hydrated.
Cats should be kept indoors for their safety and the safety of wild animals, especially song birds. Always have a separate litter box plus one for each cat, with at least one litter box on each level of the cat's home.
Playful, especially as kittens; need daily interaction with a loving pet parent to feel secure.
Rubbing their head or body against an object or pet parent is a way of "scent marking" and saying "this is mine!" Cats do this to objects and people they have accepted into their home.
Growling, hissing or spitting is a sign of fear or frustration; purring, short meows and squeaks generally show contentment and affection.
Myth: A female cat should only be spayed after her first heat or first litter. Partner with your veterinarian and spay a female cat as early as possible. Allowing a cat to have one litter first provides no benefit.
Myth: Cats are aloof, independent and not very time-consuming. Cats may act aloof at times, and are definitely more independent than the average dog, but they still require frequent and consistent interaction and acceptance to feel secure.
Myth: Putting a bell on my cat will prevent it from catching birds and small animals. Cats can learn to move silently even while wearing a bell; the constant jangle of the bell can be quite irritating to a cat's hearing.
Myth: Declawing is a simple procedure. Declawing a cat removes the entire first joint of the cat's toe. Talk carefully with your vet about surgical and non-surgical options before deciding to declaw your cat. Surgical options are always a last resort.
Grooming & Hygiene
Self-grooming and naturally clean.
Occasional bathing may be needed.
Medium- and long-hair cats will need daily brushing and occasional hairball preventive treats.
Ask a store partner about Petco's library of books on cats and our many private brand items available for the care and happiness of your pet.
Because all cats are potential carriers of infectious diseases, always wash your hands before and after handling your cat or their accessories. Pregnant women, children under the age of 5, senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before adopting or caring for a cat and should consider not having a cat as a pet.
Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring for a Canary and should consider not having a Canary as a pet.
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