“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” – Colonial proverb
Fancy having a cat at home? It will depend on you throughout its life – around 15 years with proper care – so properly budget for visits to the vets and other costs before making a decision to get a cat.
You have to budget for cat food, cat litter and scoops and other accessories to make the cat’s life comfortable in your home.
Kitten or adult? A difficult choice since the kitten of today is going to be a member of your household for a long time. Perhaps it is better to get an adult cat since it has already developed a personality and you will know what you are getting.
Adult cats easily adapt to a new home and get attached to the new owner as easily as a kitten. It does not matter whether you get a male or female because their behavior is not dependent on their gender. Neutered and spayed cats make pleasant companions.
Any good animal shelter will have healthy cats available. Remember a cat you picked up from the shelter is actually saved from death by you. To convey a proper image, choose a name for the cat from Abby, Achilles to Zumo. There are lots and lots of fancy names to choose from.
OK, you got your cat – so now what? Open up your purse so that your cat can feel pampered. You can get elegant and lavishly designed dining bowls, but a regular pet dish will do just fine. To promote their health and well being, encourage your cat to drink more water.
Drinking fountains for cats which re-circulate water and provide fresh tasting filtered water are a great idea. Like humans, pets require water as a vital element for survival. Water constitutes approximately 70% of a cat’s or dog’s body.
Apart from feeding the cat we have to provide mental and physical stimulation and keep them active and happy. A ball dispensing cat nip or any other small treat once in 2 to 4 hours (preset – depending upon the need of your cat) is one of the accessories which are fun to watch when the cat plays and eat.
To take your cat with you to enjoy the outdoors, you can invest a pet stroller or a cat harness. And, always use a pet carrier when taking your cat with you in your car.
Be conscious about their health! Vaccinations will help protect the cat from various diseases. And remember to keep your cat healthy by changing the litter box frequently.