The cat is a Persian male about 1.5 year old. It was gifted to me by a friend. I haven't been able to give much time to it because of my work schedule and my family does not do much besides feeding it. I have gotten it vaccinated also treated the fur with a lotin that the vet gave me which helps get rid of ticks. I have some queries and I would appreciate if cat lovers can give me some advice.
1. We are feeding it thrice a day with Whiskas (dry food) mostly and sometimes fresh leftover meat. It has gained weight pretty fast and I'm getting the feeling that we are overfeeding it. I would appreciate if someone can point out how much and how frequently does it need to be fed.
2. Secondly the cat has developed the habit of spending the night outside the house. It leaves the home in the evening and comes back early the next morning. Now I am beginning to realize that it was wrong to let it roam out of the house because now it refuses to stay inside the house at night. And if we force it inside, it will keep watching the door for an opportunity to slip out. Sometimes it comes home limping, after getting into fights with stray cats. All sorts of plant seeds are stuck in its fur frequently, which is a pain to get out. Is it too late to make this cat stay inside the house? I am afraid that if we force it inside, it might run away. Need some advice regarding this.
3. It has clumps all over its fur, because we neglected combing it. For the past few days I have been combing him regularly, but some of the hair clumps are too entangled to straighten out, so I have had to cut them off. Now it's got bald patches here and there. Just wondering how long will it take for the hair to grow back?
4. How often does it need to be showered and which shampoo is best? I shower it about once a month. I purchased a dog shampoo from Metro, it seems to be ok, but I would still appreciate a recommendation regarding the shampoo. Something that would give the cat a good shiny coat.
Looking forward to some good suggestions. Thanks.