Cats are adorable creatures that can fill your life with happiness. But is that the only role your cat plays in your life? A cat is not just a pet that is there for you to play with. A cat comes with a lot of responsibilities.
Whether it is your first time getting a cat or a pet, you need to know that cats’ have a unique nature. They may not show it or express it, but they love their owners and miss them terribly when they are out.
To love a cat, and get their love in return, you must accept them for who they are. Accept their nature, their mood swings, and their habits. Once you do that, it will be much more fun for you to be around your cat.
Here are some tips for all the people who are thinking of buying a new cat!
1. Cats Have a Unique Personality
Like we have mentioned already, cats have their own unique personality and characteristics which make them very different from dogs. A major mistake dog owners make is that they expect their cats to act the same when they are so very different.
Cats are dependent, as compared to dogs who need a little more affection. Cats are also very moody. Sometimes they will refuse to eat at all and sometimes they will not stop asking for more food. If you come back from work, and your cat doesn’t greet you, don’t be worried. It is just the way your cat is going to be. Despite that, know that your cat loves you very much!
2. See If Your Cat Has Respiratory Conditions
When you finally get a cat, you will need to consider its likes and dislikes. What type of food will it prefer? Where will it like to sleep and spend its time?
Some cats have an allergic reaction to certain things. Some cats can be asthmatic. If the cat you get has breathing issues like asthma, you should think of getting litter for asthmatic cats. Due to airborne dust, many doctors do not recommend getting a clay-based litter for cats as it can worsen their respiratory condition.
3. Decide Which Cat You Want To Get
If you have decided to get a cat, your work is not down yet. The next step is to decide which cat you want to get.
Which breed of cat do you want? Do you want to buy a cat or adopt it from a shelter? Do you want a kitten or a mature cat? These factors will help you in deciding what cat you need to get for yourself.
A mature cat will not need much time or training because it would have likely spent most of its life with an owner already. A kitten will have different demands; it will be more fragile and venerable. It will need shots and vaccinations if it is small. It will also need to get trained, which demands time. In short, a kitten looks cuddly and cute, but it will be harder to keep for a while.
Every breed of cat is different not only in its appearance but in its nature as well. Most likely, this factor will depend on your budget because cat prices vary according to their breeds.
4. Parasite Control
For your cat’s health as well as yours, you need to clean your house and backyard before you take in a cat. Cats’ fur is susceptible to fleas and lice, and it can get very uncomfortable for the cats. These fleas can cause bigger issues like skin infections and internal infections. Not only that, but cat fleas can be harmful to you as well.
The best way to prevent any nuisance is by using pesticides and such chemicals to do a thorough cleansing of your house. Keep your cat’s bedding clean by washing and drying it. Vacuum your carpet and furniture regularly. Use a monthly dosage of parasite control so your cat can stay safe.
One flea can quickly multiply into thousands in the matter of a few days, so take all the precautionary measures you can.
5. Cats Require Constant Grooming
You can’t keep a cat and leave it to fend for itself. A cat needs to be washed and groomed just like us. Even if your cat hates water, you have to bath it. Otherwise, it can catch fleas. You will need to brush your cat from time to time, so get a special cat brush/comb. Cats also have their own shampoos which you should get immediately.
You don’t want your entire house to drown in cat hair. Brushing your cat from time to time will also help eliminate the unwanted shedding. Brushing will also make your cat feel good as they enjoy the feel of the brush running through their fur.
6. Understand That It Is a Life-Long Responsibility
Some people take in a cat as a hobby and don’t consider all the responsibilities that come with it. Something you need to realize before getting a cat is that you will have to make sure that all of its needs are fulfilled. Once you realize this, you have to acknowledge it.
You can’t leave your cat alone for a long time so you will have to make changes in your schedule if it is going to be a busy day. Otherwise, you can get a friend or a family member to stay with your cat while you are away.
A cat is going to be like your child who will need to go to the doctor because it will get sick. You will have to spend time training, and that means all the work will take over half of your life.
Cat is a fantastic pet to have in your home. It will need you as much as you will need it. Before you get your cat, have a look at these tips, so your experience with your cat is elevated.