Although independent by nature, cats are a great pet for companionship. But there is much more to being a cat owner than you might think. The responsibilities of caring for a cat can prove to be a bit more than expected at first.
There are a few things to consider before deciding on adopting a cat as your pet companion.
How Busy Are You?
People with a busy working lifestyle might find it hard to make time for a cat that needs lots of grooming and attention. However, there are cats that are ideal for a working persons lifestyle. Do some research to decide on the type of cat that fits your lifestyle.
Do You Have Allergies?
If you are someone who suffers from severe allergy reactions, you may consider having yourself tested for feline allergies prior to bringing home a cat. However, some people with allergies can adapt to their own cat, yet still be allergic to others. Consult with your veterinarian or other pet care professional for help in choosing a cat with low allergens.
Checkup and Immunizations
Before settling your cat in at home, you need to take it to a vet for a complete checkup and immunizations. You will also want to schedule a time to have it neutered when age permits, this can be the difference between a happy and healthy cat, or a miserable one clawing it’s way through screen doors and windows, and spraying all over your furniture.
Cat Litter Maintenance
You will want to buy a good litter box and quality cat litter, To allow more privacy for your cat as well as yourself and company, you may consider an enclosed litter box. Also, clumping litter will be much easier to maintain. For the comfort of your cat as well as your sense of smell be sure to clean the litter box regularly.
Feeding Your Cat
You will want to feed your cat a well balanced diet with age appropriate cat food. Ask your veterinarian or a pet professional for advice on the best diet for your cat.
Cats Love To Play
Cats Like To Scratch
For the sake of your furniture or your nice new area rug, you will want to invest in a scratching post for your cat.
These are just a few points to consider when adopting a pet cat. Cats often live up to 20 years on average, by following the tips in the articles below and advice from your veterinarian, you will have many happy years with your pet companion.