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Feeding Young Kittens

Saturday, April 16, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

kitteneatingYoung kittens nurse from their mother from six to eight weeks but three weeks is a good time to get them started on solid food. Don’t worry, they have plenty of appetite for both kinds of food. I recommend Wellness pet food. It’s all natural and it’s healthy and nutritious. Make sure you get the kitten formula. Young kittens need one and a half as much protein and three times as many calories per pound of body weight as an adult cat. This is easy to provide if you choose a commercially prepared kitten food, a so called “growth diet.” Make sure that you follow label instructions on how much to feed and how often. The time will come when growth formula is too rich for your adult cat so consult with your veterinarian about the right time to switch your cats diet. Now that you kitten is eating solid foods, soon it will be time to train him to use a litter box. You could use a self cleaning litter box but if you’re like me, you may be better off with a simple old fashioned one.

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Feeding Outside Birds

Saturday, April 16, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

birdhouseI love birds but I have cats. A bird cage in our house would wind up on the floor! Southern Delaware has a large variety of beautiful birds to watch all the time. I love to sit on my porch and watch the many variety and colors fly by. I alway fill my bird feeders everyday to make sure my little friends have plenty to eat. It you’re like me, the following information on the Humane Society’s website may answer some questions on bird feeding.

What if I have to leave town?
Don’t worry if you must stop feeding briefly—while traveling, for example. In all but the most severe weather conditions, wild birds will find other food in your absence, particularly in suburban areas where other birdfeeders are just a short flight away. If you live in a rural or isolated area, however, try to arrange to have a neighbor maintain the feeders during winter absences.

Where should I put birdfeeders?
Birds are most likely to eat where they feel safe from predators, including free-roaming cats. Place bird feeders twelve feet from a brush pile, evergreen tree, or bush. Birds can quickly fly twelve feet to reach the safe cover, yet predators cannot use it to hide within striking range of the feeder. As further protection, place chicken wire or thorny branches around ground-level feeders. Bird houses also provide protection for outside birds.

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