Cat Owners

Owning a cat is a unique experience that comes with its own rewards and challenges. While cats are independent and affectionate creatures, they also have specific medical and grooming needs that should be maintained to keep them in good health.

Before getting a cat, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I prepared to pay for the necessary vaccinations and keep up the recommended vaccine schedule (including booster shots)?
  • Am I prepared to regularly groom and de-flea the cat?
  • Is my apartment or home cat-friendly?
  • Will I be around enough to give the cat the affection he needs?
  • Will my other animals get along with a new cat?

If you answered “yes” to each of the above questions, then you may be ready to own a cat!

The Joys of Owning a Cat

Most cat owners love owning cats because cats are low maintenance, playful and have highly individualized personalities. While cats may be reclusive at times to groom themselves or take naps, they are also prone to bouts of energetic, fun activity. Although some cats are more social than others, cat owners tend to find that their cats will warm up to them, new people and new animals if given a little time.

Choosing a Cat

Once you have decided that you are ready to be a cat owner, you”ll have to decide what type of cat you want so that you where to go to get it. While aspiring cat owners who have their hearts set on purebreds will be looking for cats at private residences, others looking to provide a home to needy cats are more likely to visit shelters.

Your budget will also affect the type of cat you can get. If you want a purebred but aren”t prepared to spend hundreds of dollars on it, then you will likely have to re-evaluate your desires.

In general, shelters and the humane society are the cheapest, most reliable resources for getting a new cat. Not only will you be able to choose between cats of various breeds and ages, but you will also be able to get a full breakdown of the cat”s medical history.

What to Get Before Bringing Your Cat Home

After finding a cat that you are ready to make part of your family, purchase and set up the supplies he will need before bringing him or her home. Here is a list of what to buy (all of which is available at your local pet store):

  • cat bowls (one for water and one for food)
  • cat food (either dry or wet; ask the person from whom you got the cat what the cat”s diet has been and stick with that if the cat is in proper health)
  • collar (complete with tags that have your cat”s name and your address should your cat get lost)
  • litter
  • litter box
  • toys.

Also, if your cat has any special medical conditions, make sure that you have a supply of the medication that he needs to function properly. For example, if the cat you are bringing home is diabetic, be sure to have an adequate supply of insulin on hand so that you are prepared to take care of his or her medical needs.

Introducing Your New Cat to Your Family

When you first bring home your new cat, you may find yourself getting frustrated if your cat hides and isn”t immediately comfortable. Like humans, cats are resistant to change. As your new cat or kitten comes into your home, he is likely to be skittish, hiding in enclosed, dark places. If this is the case, your new pet needs some time to acquaint him or herself with the new smells and dimensions of his or her new surroundings.

To help your cat get comfortable, set up his or her food bowl and litter box in a low-traffic area of your home. Be sure that you show the cat where this is.

While you should let your cat hide a bit so that he doesn”t feel threatened, don”t be afraid to hold him. Although you shouldn”t chase the new kitten, be sure that he gets used to having humans around, petting and holding him or her.

After about a week or two, your new pet should be back to his normal self, ready to bond with you and your family!

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