Monday, July 22, 2024

Things to know about Paws and Purrs: Cats.

If you are feeling lonely and low, then I think you might need a cat in your life. They are the perfect pets. They are cute, cuddly, and independent animals. That means they won’t need much attention.

The most prevalent kind of cat observed in Nepal is the domestic short-hair kind. They do not belong to a particular breed, and they come in different breed, sizes, and colours.  

Orange cats are friendlier than other cats, so if you believe you can bear a lot of love, that’s the best choice. 80% of orange cats are male, but if you’re lucky, you could get a female.

If you want a cat that looks luxurious, then adopt a Persian cat. They are known for their long, luxurious coats, flat faces, and kind spirits. They are also admired for their beauty and calm demeanour.

If you want a leopard- or cheetah-looking cat, then adopt a Bengal cat. These active, gregarious, and extremely clever and have a wild-looking coat with noticeable spots or marbling.

These are some of the options, but there are many other breeds. You cannot feed them what you eat, so here are some foods to avoid.

Foods to avoid 

  • Milk: Most of the cats are lactose intolerant and cannot digest cow milk. After consuming it, they may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
  • Onion and garlic: They harm red blood cells, which leads to anaemia, and upset the stomach. Dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea are among the symptoms.
  • Caffeine: Cats are more sensitive to caffeine than humans. The side effects of having caffeine can be high blood pressure, vomiting, an abnormal heart rate, and in severe cases, it can kill your them.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Even a small amount of raisins and grapes can cause your cats to have severe illnesses.
  • Raw Egg or Meat: You should be mindful of the hazards when giving them raw eggs since they may harbour dangerous bacteria like E.Coli or Salmonella. They can become infected with these dangerous intestinal bacteria just as humans can. 

Safe foods

  • Cucumber: Cats enjoy cucumber as much as we humans, and it’s safe for them. It will hydrate your cat during the hot summer, but make sure to give it a small potion and remember to peel its skin off as it might contain pesticides.
  • Rice: Rice is another safe option to give your cat. But make sure it’s fully cooked and give it a small potion.
  • Bananas: Bananas have potassium, which is good for their kidneys and heart, and they also have glucose, which your cat needs for energy. But make sure to give a moderate amount.
  • Pumpkin: You can give pumpkin puree to your cats and avoid skin, stem, and pulp.

Before feeding any food to them, make sure to discuss it with a vet.

Tips for you

  • Don’t forget to clean their litter box of your regularly. As they are naturally clean animals, they may refuse to use a dirty litter box.
  • Take them to the vet regularly and make sure they are vaccinated. 
  • Regularly change and refill their water bowl as they need to hydrate themselves often, especially while eating dry food and during the summer.
  • Don’t forget to clean them, like their ears, eyes, nails, etc. They groom themselves daily, but still, you need to clean them too.

These are a few of the things that you should always keep in mind while taking care of a cat. And remember to adopt a cat rather than buy one because those rescued cats also need a home and lots of love.

Appsha Digital

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