Tips for taking care of your feline: chat with Dr. Débora Paulino

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Do you know what are the main precautions you need to take with felines? Then check out the tips from veterinarian Débora Paulina, a specialist in feline behavior!

1- What are the 3 main tips for a “first-time cat tutor”?

THE first tip It is valuable to choose appropriate food for your kitten’s age and lifestyle and remember that kittens should eat moist food, also called a sachet or pâté. This is important to offer regardless of the kitten’s age.

Second tip, the number of litter boxes, the frequency of cleaning, as well as the type of substrate, matter to the kitten. Each cat has his preferences but, in general, the ideal is to have boxes that are deeper, with a sufficient amount to cover the bottom and reach two fingers in height. Cleaning should be done daily (removal of feces and urine clumps) and a sand that preferably makes clumps (agglutinate) should be replaced. Thus, the box will be more suitable for your kitten.

THE third tip, not least, is to play with your cat. Discover the toys he appreciates, worth a wand, mouse, ball, toys with catnip (cat’s weed). What matters is to stimulate your kitten without using your hands or feet as toys. In addition to exercising, at this moment he is relaxing, exhibiting his natural behaviors and we have the chance to get to know more of our mustaches in this light moment of change.

2- What is the tip to keep the feline health up to date?

Quality food and fresh water. Wet food can be given every day. The water can be in a wide-rimmed pot, preferably ceramic, glass or aluminum. The exchange must be carried out daily. The water source is also a natural stimulus for kittens to increase their water intake.

3- How should the vet check-up be?

The frequency of check up at the veterinarian depends on the kitten’s age and whether he has any chronic pathology, but in general, at least once a year.

4- What are the precautions to maintain a quality food?

Always observe the interest and appetite of the kitten in the food, clean the jars as well. Offer nutritional quality food, leave the package well packed after opening. For the sachet, after opening it, leave it in the refrigerator, and it can heat up when offering this portion. If the sachet remains in the jar for more than fifteen hours, it can already be dispensed.

5- How to promote entertainment and games?

As each kitten has his preferences, it is worth trying toys that stimulate him in a different way. In general, toys that encourage and mimic hunting behavior are successful with kittens, that is, using long-handled wands and natural feather wands are very attractive. Some kittens like catnip, so it’s worth investing as well. We can still play with lasers but always taking care not to aim at the kitten’s eye and throughout the game go throwing some snacks as if they were small prey so that the kitten is not frustrated.


Débora Paulino
she is a veterinarian graduated from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, post-graduated in Feline Medical Clinic from Instituto Equalis, lecturer and Creative Mind at Mais Gato.

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