Cats are great companions and can make you laugh with their silly antics. Some will talk to you and others will be not stop to try and sit on your lap. If you are thinking of adopting a cat and haven’t had one in years or never have had a cat, there’s a things to think about and things you should know.
Here are 7 tips for owning a cat or rather, being owned by a cat:
1: Cats have an independent nature but that doesn’t mean they don’t like attention. Before you adopt make sure you can make time and room in your life for a cat. Cats need a clean litter box, fresh water, and grooming assistance. If you can’t brush a cat everyday then maybe a short haired cat would be better for you. If you aren’t home a lot due to work and other activities, look for an adult cat who is older and doesn’t need as much play time as a kitten or young cat. Invest in toys, climbing trees, and definitely make some time each day to play and give attention to your cat after you get home.
2: If you have allergies, you may need to think about adopting a breed of cat that has a low dander count. You may also adjust to your new cat. Talk to your doctor, do some homework, and if you can, cat test your allergies. If you have some friends who have cats, spend some time at their place and see if your allergies kick in or take a few trips to the local shelter and meet a few cats.
3: Once you have chosen your new feline friend, make an appointment for a checkup at a vet. Ask your friends who they like and read some reviews of the vets in your area to find one that sounds good. A checkup is a good way to make sure your new friend is healthy or if he needs any shots that he did not get at the shelter or rescue.
4: When choosing litter for the litter box read the labels. Some litters are processed with chemicals that can be harmful for you and your cat. The natural ones such as pine, corn, wheat, and paper are safer for the environment and for your cat. Some of them are biodegradable and can be flushed which makes cleanup easier and faster.
5: Cats like to play no matter how old they are so invest in a few different types of toys. Each cat has a preference. Some like balls and furry things that move around on the floor while other cats like things that can move around in the air like it’s a bug. My one cat likes a toy called Cat Dancer and my other cat prefers ping pong balls.
6: If you don’t want your furniture or leather jacket to be shredded, invest in a scratching post and a water gun. Use catnip to lure your cat to the scratching post. Some cats will go wild for catnip and others may just rub their faces and purr. Praise him when he uses the post. Use the water gun and a strong “NO” when he scratches inappropriate things.
7: You may want to invest in pet insurance. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.