So You Want To Get a Cat
Before anything else you should consider how the cat will fit in with your lifestyle. Are you ready for a commitment that could last 20 years? Although slightly shorter if you get an adult cat. Do you want a kitten or an adult cat? Can you make allowances for litter-tray training?
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before you should commit to buying a cat. Most importantly remember that you are going to be responsible for another living thing and it’s up to you to provide most things it needs. You’ll need to provide food and clean water, companionship, veterinary care, grooming, stimulation to keep the cat happy and resources such as a litter tray and a cat bed.
If this is all sounding like quite a lot it’s important you re-consider your decision. If this isn’t news to you, you’re well on your way to becoming a cat owner.
Finding Your Cat
Registered breeders are the most reliable people to approach if you want a pedigree cat. For a non-pedigree cat, try rescue centres or your vet. Don’t buy from classified ads as these can often be from substandard homes or farms just trying to turn a profit this would mean you’re getting an animal that may not have had its vaccinations or been properly cared for in the past. If you do but from an unscrupulous seller remember that you’re helping support the trade of poorly cared for animals.
If you want a kitten, go see a registered breeder. If you want an adult cat I strongly suggest getting a rescue animal as it gives it a second chance and the rescue will help pair you with a cat suitable for your situation.
Personally Ive always lived with rescue cats and I’ve found them as loving as cats raised from kittens.
This was just an introduction to our new feature, next week we’ll look at house hazards for new owners