It’s been a while since you welcomed one into your home sweet ball of fur, huh? Adult cats are cute, energetic creatures. They are no longer “out of control” puppies, but become real gentlemen with their own needs and requirements.
Following the growth stages of a cat is something marvelous. But mind you, we can adopt a cat even when it has passed the kitten phase, indeed it is a great way to save those who unfortunately do not have a family from a difficult life. In short, what could be nicer than giving a sweet cat a roof over their head and the love of a family?
THE adult cats they are animals that have had the opportunity to build their own habits or that, precisely in this phase, define them. From using the litter box to your favorite hiding places, from scratching posts to food and games. Everything you need to know can be found right here.
At What Age Is The Cat Considered An Adult
In general we can consider adult cats around the first year of life. Or rather, kittens grow very quickly up to 6 months of life, then from 6 months onwards the growth rate slows down a bit. The appearance of a cat a 8 – 12 months it is a hybrid between a kitten and an adult, but it is from this moment that it actually begins to take on its definitive appearance.
Vet And Health
As we all know, kittens need the vet practically immediately because they have to make their first visits, check that they don’t have parasites and above all to do all the vaccinations mandatory.
But the importance of the vet is something that lasts over time and yes, even cats considered adults have a great need for it. Consider that from the first year of life onwards the call back vaccinations, which we must never, ever skip following the calendar drawn up by the vet to the letter.
This phase of the growth of Micio is also of fundamental importance for the management of his health, to satisfy all his needs and outline, with the help of the vet, a correct food plan.
Litter And Poo
Kittens usually learn to use the litter box to make poop and pee within six months of life. Among other things, for them it is an action that comes naturally, so it is important to arrange the litter box with one litter of good quality in the appropriate point of the house.
There bathroom area for adult cats it is, therefore, something familiar and you shouldn’t have problems in terms of needs. It is very rare for a cat to avoid its litter box and pee on the floor or elsewhere in the house. If so, we will explain the possible reasons for this behavior here. But as always remember to go to the vet for a visit!
Micio’s cloak has a rhythm of growth slightly different than the rest of his little body. Consider that adult cats tend to be already trained and from 12 months onwards their appearance changes very little. With the exception, however, of the hair which can still change in the first year of life.
Generally the coat of adult cats continues to grow up to 3 years of age and in this period of time it also changes color. Darker patches are usually defined, and the length of the whiskers and whiskers increases throughout the body.
Never forget to accustom Micio from a puppy to grooming. Brushes and combs are our best allies in managing the domestic cat, especially the long-haired ones that lose lots of tufts around the house and also risk swallowing too much hair (and then getting sick).
As your kitty enters adulthood it’s important to keep up with hers as well nutritional needs. In addition to a slower growth rate, these depend on some lifestyle factors such as less physical activity, for example, which changes depending on whether the cat has access to an outdoor space or not.
Among the factors to take into account there is also castration (or sterilization) or even if he has to share his home with other dogs or cats, which stimulates him more than a single life. For example, as might be expected, a young adult cat that has access to outdoor space and occasionally plays with another pet will have a greater calorie requirement compared to a companionless cat living indoors, with a more sedentary lifestyle.
The transition from kitten food to adult cat food must take place gradually because if we change food too quickly this could cause some digestive problems for Micio. The advice is to give the cat at least 5 or 7 days to get used to it porridge for adults mixing a small amount into the “old” kitten food at first. Then gradually increasing the dose, until Micio finds himself in the bowl only his new food!
Game And Fun
Just because cats are adults doesn’t mean they lose interest in play and fun! Indeed they always need both physical and mental stimuli and toys and pastimes who put their talents, potential and energies to good use. So in addition to bowls and litter, let’s not forget to provide him with a nice scratching post (more than one if in company) and toys made especially for small domestic felines.
You don’t need big expenses, after all. It takes very little for cats to have as much fun as possible and here we explain how even a simple cardboard box can turn into the most beautiful playground in the world for the cat. A useful thing for those who care for adult cats is to consider the “vertical” spaces. Kitties love to jump and climb and, especially those who live indoors and don’t have trees available, they should be able to do it on shelves and shelves placed especially for them.
Play for a cat is essential. It is not only a way to keep fit, but also to socialize with your own human of the heart and weld a bond that will remain indelible. Even though cats love to take long naps and care a lot about their privacy, we never stop give him some of our time.