Family cats are individual cats that are often intuitive and which take over your home for their own comfort. The human- feline bond can be very strong and the  family cat is extremely  intelligent and supportive of humans so long as he/she gets the respect due to “ROYALTY”…….The family cat’s attitude is usually….. “The sunniest spot in the house is mine of right and if you leave your clothes where I can sit on them don’t complain if they get cat hair all over them”.(cat  moulting).

Family cats that moult a lot may have a food allergy.( Food allergies are covered under subscription section)

Family cats are extremely intuitive and will often be found near an emotionally stressed or sick human to give love and comfort, There are several reports of family cats being able to sense the impending death of an invalid so perhaps that is why they were revered so highly in Egypt of the Pharaohs where they were considered as guardians to the afterlife.( Intuition and behavious are under subscription section).

Vaccination

When it comes to vaccination, all kittens should be vaccinated or otherwise protected from the five common diseases (some people use homeopathic) and the family cat should be regularly dewormed, depending on the advice of your veterinarian. The five diseases that family cats are normally vaccinated against are in two groups, the three diseases of younger cats, feline enteritis(diarrhoea), feline calicii virus and feline rhinotracheitis (respiratory and nasal disease) .These are most important because the young are more suseptible. 

Use of feline aids virus and feline leukaemia vaccines depend on the area and the number of feral cats present. Feral cats are a big nuisance in many communities and there are many programs for neutering these animals on the basis that any stable population of feral cats in any one area will help prevent disease spread and such problems as catfight bites in the family cat.

There are simple methods of treatment of cat bite injury in the family cat if you get to treat the problem quickly (see subscription section) otherwise call your veterinarian.

Nutrition

Growing family cats require an adequate source of calcium in their diet. A kitten’s diet should contain high Calcium levels as they need this mineral for bone growth so, if you feed meat alone the likely hood of the body becoming calcium deficient is high. Commercial calcium supplements, either liquids or powders are available, but a simple source of calcium is eggshell (so long as it is healthy and clean and derived from monitored human food chain sources) and you can either crunch eggshell up or mix it in with food. Be aware that palatablity is an important issue with cats.

 Therefore you can blend it with the rest of the egg as a raw source of protein (white),fats (yolk) and calcium (shell),( Be sure to empty the blender fully as the egg shell being heavier due to calcium salts will sink to the bottom and stay in the blender unless you are careful). Alternativly you may choose to feed prepared foods but be aware that when the cat gets older it may very well refuse to eat any other food and if you have a urinary problem in the animal at a later date it can be very frustrating to try to change dietary preferences.For this reason use of awide variety of foods ,preferably raw, is advised.

 Most adult family cats, especially those with long term kidney degeneration, if fed raw chicken egg can utilise one chicken egg per day but may leave the white behind because it contains certain natural chemicals (called averdin) that can destroy some of the B group vitamins if given in excess. (A simple way of overcoming this is to give a little fresh Brewer’s yeast powder or granules once or twice a week.)

 In traditional Chinese medicine calcium carbonate is considered to be cooling or sedating to the body and is useful to help shed toxins from the liver and whole body. Calcium carbonate is the major part of the chicken eggshell. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacopeia it is known as Longgu or “dragon bone” since it was originally sourced from “dinosaur bones.” It can also be sourced from oyster shell (muli) and dragon (dinosaur Teeth) tooth (longchi).

Don’t be surprised if your cat turns up his/her nose at new foods,because it all depends on what the animal was fed as  a kitten. Foods such as brewer’s yeast may not appeal at first. Remember that brewer’s yeast powder or brewer’s yeast granules are a very good source of protein and vitamin B complex and minerals

Chicken egg yolk or whole egg is also a very good source of nutrition for aged or convalescence family cats particularly if you use the yolk for family cats with advanced kidney disease because it contains little protein and is readily absorbed. Care should be taken to use clean eggs from human food chain sources.( For further information see subscription section.

Family cats prefer to eat alone so if you are trying to change your family cat’s diet, you need to use clean bowls each day and be prepared especially with older family cats for them to turn their noses up and stalk away. The best way to use these natural products in your family cat’s diet is to introduce them when the family cat is a kitten

When attempting to change the adult family cat’s diet, be patient and leave the food down for up to 12 hours, (do not let it get flyblown or invaded by ants) then let the cat go a further 12 hours without food an try again. When the cat is hungry he or she will eat. Be sure to have water ( or other liquid like milk) available so the animal doesn't become dehydrated.Also make sure he/she doesn't just go over to the neighbours for dinner.

To be sure the animal isn't dehydrated ,use the skin tent pinch test. That is , take a pinch of loose skin over the ribcage and pull it up in a tent, then let go and see if the skin springs back flat again. If this happens the cat is unlikely to be dehydrated. If the tent falls away slowly or if it stays tented it indicated dehydration and you should consider calling your vet.

Your family cat can easily go two of three days on this regime unless the cat is sick or old then you should modify your family cat diet plan especially if you think there may be diabetes present. There are many substitute to most diets and the major consideration is what the family cat has been fed beforehand (refer cat diet in  subscription service)

Diabetes in the fat family cat is common and is possibly due to the feeding of carbohydrates (grain) in the family cat’s diet. There is very little carbohydrate in the feral cat or wildcat diet. Cats are, by nature, grazers, so if food is available will frequently come to eat. Cats need higher protein their diets than   dogs do, so if food is available they will keep coming back to their food bowl (or someone else’s) and eating small amounts. This is why it is important to have a balanced diet as otherwise the family cat can easily become over fat and be a potential diabetes victim. If you cat is diabetic you should have regular monitoring by your vet, however there are some Chinese Herbs like Rehmannia which can help to stabilise the blood sugar levels.

Geriatric Cats

Every pet gets old and because the longevity of humans is greater (usually) than those of your cat, it is inevitable that as your cat gets older you will be faced with a choice as to  euthanase or try to maintain the animal until it passes away peacefully (hopefully). There are no simple answers to this.It depends on the individuals relationship to the pet and a host of other factors.This is truely a one off decision. IN this websitehave an attempted to give useful information is covered in the subscription section - Geriatric nursing care or Euthanasia.