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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 itâ€™s up to you to provide most things it needs. Youâ€™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 itâ€™s important you re-consider your decision. If this isnâ€™t news to you, youâ€™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. Donâ€™t buy from classified ads as these can often be from substandard homes or farms just trying to turn a profit â€“ this would mean youâ€™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 youâ€™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 Iâ€™ve always lived with rescue cats and Iâ€™ve found them as loving as cats raised from kittens.
This was just an introduction to our new feature, next week weâ€™ll look at house hazards for new owners