From paintings by Lesley Anne Ivory
Home made preparations
If the new owner is not interested in feeding the pet cat processed
food products, home made preparations will easily suffice.
However, one should always try and avoid giving the cat table
scraps as the main food source for the cat, as human food is not
really complete and nutritious for the cat. The essential ingredients
for cat food should be amino acid taurine and calcium which
usually come in the form of a bone based meal.
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Basic cat requirements
Another basic cat requirement would be the litter box for its toilet
facility. This should ideally be placed in a quiet area, where there is
some privacy for the cat and no distractions to startle it when
attempting to do its business.
As cats are naturally inclined to scratch various objects, such as
furniture and curtains, it would be in the owner’s best interest to
find ways to keep the pet cat from doing this very damaging act.
Some people use sticky tape and tin foil on surfaces that would
initially seem temping to the cat to scratch on, while others spray
the area with scents, as generally cats dislike strong smells.
Purchasing a scratching post is another alternative and the cat
should be encouraged to use this instead of the furniture which is
more often than not more tempting to the cat.
Providing the cat with an adequate amount of toys to keep it
occupied will ensure it does not get into mischief when bored.