Welcome to the kitty cat’s corner
Welcome to the kitty cat’s corner: home of the healthy, happy pet cats. Whether you are ready to adopt a kitty cat or are already a cat owner, this is the page for cat lovers. We will be covering many subjects from cat care to cat breeds. There will be tips about cat grooming and of course, we will share fun kitty pictures and kitty videos.
The domestic cat is the most popular household pet in the world today. There are at present over 100 million pet cats in the Western World and the numbers are on the increase. Across the globe, domestic cats outnumber “man’s best friend,” the dog by as many as three to one. About one-third of US households have one or more cats and they can be found in more than a quarter of UK families.
There are many reasons for this immense feline popularity. For example, kitty cats require a lot less time and expenses than many other pets and are particularly well suited to living in an urban environment.
Compared to dogs, cats are low-maintenance pets. They do not need extensive training. They groom themselves. Most of them can be left alone all day without pining for their humans as many dogs do. Cats will nonetheless greet us affectionately when we get home.
Pet cats are wonderful companions
Cats manage to be simultaneously affectionate and self-reliant. Cats are charming, loving, insanely funny and cute but not always easy to understand.
If you decide to add a pet cat to your household, you should know that this is an important commitment. You will want to inform yourself so you and your pet cats can be happy together. Therefore, it is essential that you know exactly how to care for a cat; from choosing a healthy adult cat or kitten to reproduction, house training, and basic discipline and of course fun and games.
Becoming a cat owner is a serious business. When you take a feline companion into your home, you become responsible for his health and overall well being. This is a commitment which will last between ten and twenty plus years.
This is why it is important to ask yourself honestly if you are ready to adopt a cat.
Are you ready to make some sacrifices for your cat?
Are you are able to accept the sacrifices and compromises which come with living with an animal especially a cat? Too often, pets are purchased on a whim. Too many people do not give enough thoughts to the impact of such an addition to their household.
A cat (or any pet for that matter) is not a stuffed animal. It is a living being who will share your daily life for many years and who will grow old with you. You will be the one responsible for his well being and for the costs associated with cat ownership.
Additionally, cats are individuals with their own personalities, moods, desires, good (and bad) behaviors. Cats are sentient beings worthy of respect. You should accept and love your cat for who he is. A pet cat is not a doll or object to get rid of once its novelty has worn off and it has become inconvenient.
That’s why a kitten should not be a Christmas or birthday present for children. Giving someone a cat is giving them a life companion who should be cherished and respected.
Can you afford the cost of owning a cat?
Living with a cat involves various expenses which should be taken into account. Food and kitty litter of course, but also veterinary care, whether it’s vaccination, a possible castration /sterilization, or interventions as a result of injuries or illness.
You should keep in mind that vet visits and medications can be costly. Take this into account and budget when you decide to adopt a cat. Too many pets are euthanized each year because their owners cannot afford to pay for treatment.
Nowadays, you can get pet health insurance for your cat which will help cover part of the costs associated with veterinary care. It can be a very good idea to insure your cat but you will still have to budget your monthly insurance premiums.
Does your personality fit your kitty cat’s?
Make sure to adopt a kitty cat that matches your personality and your lifestyle. For example, If you are an older couple in an apartment where the cat can’t get out, you might want to avoid choosing a barn cat but a shy Nebelung cat would be a great fit.
On another hand, if you have a rambunctious family with tons of children, dogs, cats and whatnot playing loudly in a big house, a Nebelung cat would feel truly overwhelmed so it would be better to choose an outgoing cat or a placid older Tabby.
Some breeds of cats have characteristics (hypoallergenic, comfortable with children…). It is important to consider these factors before you get your new companion.
Is your lifestyle compatible with your cat?
Generally speaking, a cat requires potentially less presence and involvement than a dog. However, your daily life may not be compatible with cat ownership. So here are a few important questions to ask yourself:
- Will you be present? Do you have someone who can take care of your kitty cat if you become ill or decide to go on vacation?
- Will you have an indoor cat and if not, will you be able to let him in and out when it asks you?
- Can you feed it and can you take care of his health under any circumstance?
- Will you be able to show understanding of his small kitten exuberance or even for any “accident” an adult cat might have? Can you adapt to his behavior and character? Do you have the patience to train him?
- Will you accept the fact that unlike dogs who are pack animals, cats have strong personal boundaries?
- Will you accept that your cat might not always want to socialize or be petted?
Adopting a pet cat is a serious matter:
In summary, to cohabitate harmoniously with your new cat, you must be aware of the sacrifices that this represents. You have to understand how it works and your cat’s specific needs. This is a living, sentient being who initially, did not choose to live with you.
Sadly, like dogs, cats are regularly abandoned. A paradox when you know that some purebred cats cost up to several thousand dollars. It is therefore very important to ask the right questions before considering adding a feline member to your family.
Bringing your new kitty cat home:
Bringing a cat into your home will change your life. Having decided that you want to share your home with a cat, you now need to decide what type of feline is best for you.
Do you want a kitten or an adult cat? Do you want a pedigree or a non-pedigree? A long-haired cat or a short haired-cat? Decisions, decisions.
It is far better to obtain a cat from a friend, neighbor, animal shelter or small breeder (if you want a pedigree cat) than from a pet shop.
Where To Get A Kitty Cat:
Believe it or not, there are “kitty mills” out there just like there are “puppy mills”. The living conditions of the mothers and unsold kitties in those places are heartbreaking.
Giving an adult or senior cat a second chance and adopting from a shelter is a wonderful thing to do. If you get your kitty cat from a friend or neighbor, you already know its mother and the environment it comes from which will give you a big advantage when it comes to transitioning it to your home. Unless you are rescuing a stray, never take an animal on impulse because you have fallen for its charm. Always examine a cat carefully before taking it home.
Before bringing your new cat into your household, it is essential that you make preparations for your new arrival.
While cats are not very expensive to keep, your kitty must have a few items. Buy him a litter box, a scratching post, separate food and water bowls, a few cat toys, a cat carrier and some basic grooming equipment. If you wish, you can also provide it with a comfortable basket or cat bed as well as a cat condo.
- Cat Behavior
- Cat’s Destructive Behavior
- Cat Training
- Cat Training 101
- Litter Training
- Curbing Cat Aggression
- Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
- Cat Furniture
- A Cat Condo Can Keep Your Cat Off The Furniture
- 8 Tips To Stop Your Cat From Scratching The Furniture
- Cat Grooming
- Cat Dental Care
- Bathing Your Cat
- How To Look After Your Cat’s Claws
- Cat Toys
- Cat Toys For Indoor Cats
- How To Make Cat Toys
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