How to Own a Cat?
Owning a cat does not come naturally you know! You have to admit, they’re pretty cool though. They’re independent, unless they want to be petted. You must pet them, right now! They come with their own engine! And when it’s running, that’s a good thing! They catch mice. Of course, they’re probably going to give you the dead mouse as a gift. They bathe themselves. I mean, really, what more could you ask for, right?
Good Things to Know About Owning a Cat
Cats are independent critters, but they can’t take care of themselves. You do need to provide food and water. And depending on the type of cat, there may be some grooming (brushing) involved. It’s also good to know that they really enjoy playing. So if you’re away from home most of the time, you might want to think about adopting a friend for your cat. If you get your cat when it is still a kitten, start early to give it baths (you never know what they’ll get into!), brushing it, and trimming its claws. You don’t want to try bathing or trimming claws on an adult cat. Trust me on this one!
Very Important Things to Know About Owning a Cat
Cats need vaccinations just like dogs and humans do. Also, since cats really shouldn’t be kept outside, it is best to have your cat neutered or spayed. If you don’t, it may try to go through your windows to find a ‘friend,’ and it might start to spray all your furniture. That’s not good thing! You will need a litter box, and it seems cats prefer covered boxes (for privacy purposes of course!). The box should be scooped at least once a day, and should be thoroughly cleaned once a week. Cats do not like to use a dirty litter box!
How to Keep Your Cat Busy
Cats love to play! Toys do not need to be expensive. They absolutely love cardboard boxes. And it doesn’t matter how big or small it is! They’ll find a way to fit in it! Play mice, balls, and feathers are lots of fun too. And if you value your furniture, you should definitely invest in a scratching post! They need to keep their claws sharp. When your cat is 9 months or older, they’re ready to be introduced to catnip! I’ll just let you figure out how much fun that is on your own! For you and your cat!
Please, please, please do not buy a cat. Adopt, don’t shop! Cats are not difficult pets, and they’re relatively inexpensive to keep, as far as pets go. Just be aware that when you get a cat, you’re in it for the long haul. They can live for more than 15 years, and often more than 20.
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