Selecting a Pet Cat

 

The number one reason cats are donated to animal
shelters is because of unmet expectations, so make an informed decision. Avoid
buying animals spontaneously or as gifts. Before deciding on a cat, take some
time, involve your family, and think carefully about the following questions.

What’s special about cats?

 Easily
housetrained and relatively inexpensive to care for, cats make excellent family
pets and most  adapt easily to a variety
of households.

What choices do you have in cats?

Purebred and mixed breed cats come in a variety
of shapes (head, ears, body, and tail), sizes, colors, personalities, and  coats. Purebred cats have been selectively
bred to enhance certain physical and behavioral traits that some owners find
desirable, while mixed breed cats have a wide variety of traits and  make wonderful family pets. Veterinarians can
provide  a lot of valuable information
before even purchasing a cat, and some veterinarians  specialize in feline  medicine or provide a cat-friendly clinical
environment.

What are the special needs of cats?

 

Feeding, social interaction, exercise, play, and
elimination are daily needs that must be met if you want a happy, healthy cat.
Some cats have long or thick  coats that
need daily grooming to prevent dullness and 
irritation. To reduce the risk of injury and illness, cats should be
housed indoors and provided with an enriching environment that provides many
opportunities for positive interaction and play. Cat litter boxes should
be  very clean and filled with the cat’s
preferred  grade, which the cat can
handle continue to use. If there are many cats in the household, several litter
boxes should be available in different locations.

Who will care for your cat?

As the owner, you are responsible for your cat’s
food, shelter, exercise,  physical and
mental health for the rest of her life. While families should involve their
children in pet care, teens need the help of an adult who is ready, able, and
willing to oversee the day-to-day care of cats. You should plan ahead how you
can care for your cat  during a planned
or sudden absence.

Does a cat fit into your lifestyle?

Cats can adapt to most types of housing if they
have adequate housing, food, grooming and exercise options. To  decide if a cat is the right pet for you,
answer the following questions:

1. Do you have 
time to attend to your cat’s care and needs?

2. Do you rent or 
own your home? If you are a renter, does your lease allow you to have
one or more cats?

3. Can you customize your home to allow your cat
to exhibit normal behaviors like exploring, predation, and scratching?

4.How long is your working day? Do you often
have  after work commitments that would
interfere with caring for a kitten or cat?

5. Will your new cat get along with your current
pets?

6. Does any family member have an allergy to
pet  dander or animal dander, or is
likely to be intolerant of normal cat behavior?

Should you get a kitten or an adult cat?

Kittens need more time for litter  training and socialization, as well as more
frequent feeding and supervision. If you can’t make that commitment, consider
buying or adopting  an adult cat, who
will most likely be litter box trained and will generally adapt well to a new
home. Breeders, rescue organizations, and animal shelters need to know each cat
they place and be able to match you with a cat whose temperament and needs are
a good match for your household.

Can you afford a cat?

The purchase price of a cat can vary greatly
depending on the breed and origin and is only an acquisition expense. Cats
need  quality food, appropriate housing,
mental stimulation (e.g., toys, playtime), and regular vet visits as part of
check-up. Other costs may include emergency medical care, grooming, housing, identification,
licensing, neutering (neutered or neutered), and supplies.Today, pet health
insurance is readily available and can help cover unexpected expenses due to
illness or injury.

Where can you get a cat?

 Mixed breed and purebred kittens and cats are available for adoption from
animal shelters and rescue organizations. If you have the necessary skills and
experience, you may consider adopting a cat with special medical or behavioral
needs.

What should you look for in a healthy cat?

. He should not appear thin or overly fat, or
show signs of illness such as a runny nose or diarrhea. When choosing a cat,
choose one that is active, curious, and seeks affection and attention from
people. Sometimes cats are uncomfortable in noisy or unfamiliar environments,
so keep that in mind when evaluating. An adult cat should allow you to touch
and pet her without hissing or scratching.The kitten should be relaxed when
picked up and touched. The best age for a kitten  is between 7 and 9 weeks. Your veterinarian
can also provide insight into health conditions and behaviors that may be
common in the particular breed you are considering.

What must you do to prepare for your cat?

Before you bring your new cat home, prepare
places  to eat, sleep, and defecate. Buy
essentials like litter boxes, litter boxes, toys, and food and water bowls.
Make your home pet-safe by keeping toxic chemicals and plants out of reach, and
making sure open windows are well screened 
so  your cat can’t escape. Make
sure you provide suitable scratching material, such as a scratching post, so
your cat can stretch and sharpen her claws without damaging your furniture.

 Plan to
spend time training your cat so that she is comfortable with handling and
grooming, and  learns  to play and interact  with people.Provide different fun with
different toys, balls and even a climbing tower. Kittens need frequent
attention, socializing with people and introducing them to  new things and experiences, and this is best
provided before a kitten is 9 weeks old.

 If you
already have a cat and want to add another, personality type matching  and step-by-step introductions can ease the
transition. For example, calm cats should be bred to cats of a similar
temperament. If another cat or kitten enters the home, the introduction should
be controlled and slow with periods of separation until each cat learns to
accept the other.If you have any problems, contact your veterinarian.

 Adequate
sanitation is essential when multiple cats live together. That means at least
one litter box  in more than one
location. Food, water bowls, scratching posts, and resting places should also
be located throughout the home.

 To ensure
a long and healthy life, cats need regular visits to the vet.Consult your
veterinarian for a schedule of vaccinations and other preventative medical
measures that fit your cat’s lifestyle and 
protect against disease risks in your area. Cats are good at hiding when
they’re not feeling well, and your vet can also help you spot the subtle signs
of illness.

 When you
buy a pet, you accept responsibility for the health and well-being of another
living being. You are also responsible for the impact your pet has on your
family, friends and community. The pet will be a part of your life for many
years.Invest the time and effort necessary to make your years together happy.
By choosing a pet, you agree to take care of it for  life. Choose wisely, keep your promise and
have one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

Kitten tips

Seven to nine weeks is considered the ideal time
to move a kitten to  a new home.

 Spaying or
neutering a new pet is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Talk to
your vet about the best time to spay or spay your kitten  to avoid unwanted litters.

 Talk to
your veterinarian about the right vaccination schedule for your kitten or cat
to ensure they are protected from disease.

 If
possible, get to know your kitten’s parents: their physical and behavioral
characteristics can tell you what your kitten will look like as an adult.

 Ask your
vet about the best ways to introduce your pet to a new family of animals.

 String is
NOT a good cat toy. If a cat eats the string (or ribbon), it can develop
life-threatening intestinal problems. There are many safe  alternatives to toys available at pet stores.

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