Cats have a reputation for being aloof, mysterious and independent. It’s fair to say that they are pretty good at looking after themselves a lot of the time, whether they’re a house cat or like to roam free.
However, it’s really important to learn all you can about cat care, so you know what to do if your cat is ill, injured, or just seems a little out of sorts. That’s why we have written some handy cat advice guides, to help you unlock the secrets of your mysterious moggy!
If you are thinking about purchasing or adopting a cat for the first time then there are many factors that need to be considered. A lot of time and commitment has to be given in order to keep a pet content and well.
When choosing a cat, the kind of lifestyle you lead should have a great bearing on the type of breed. Research the different variety of cats and ascertain which temperament will best suit your routine. For example, if you are looking for a cat that likes to be less lively, a Ragdoll could be the right choice. If you have a family, then you will also need to think about their circumstances. Does any member of your family have pet allergies? Will the pet be okay around small children? How active are your family?
The price of keeping a pet is often a lot higher than some people might originally think. Costs include food (which is generally more expensive the larger the breed), grooming products, toys, bedding, vaccinations, neutering, insurance, litter trays and litter. Cats can have unanticipated health issues and the vets fees can certainly add up over the 15 to 20 years that an animal can sometimes live for, which is why it’s crucial to look into the right insurance cover for your cat.
Allocation of time is similarly important. You will need to nurture and guide your kitten in order for it to be properly house-trained. Cleaning time will be increased in your life and not just when your pet is young. An animal cannot tell you when it’s feeling unwell and needs to go outside to be sick. There will certainly be accidents in the home no matter how well-trained your pet is. Be prepared to do extra chores.
Before obtaining your first pet it is essential that you remove any hazards or dangers from the environment you live in. This can be anything that can do harm and is often known as ‘kitten-proofing’. Electrical goods can especially be a risk. Wires can and will be easily chewed through or clawed at if accessible. Make sure that you keep these out of reach, which admittedly, can be hard to do when a young furry friend who loves nothing more than to explore is on the case.
Research and Understanding is Key
The principal point to note before buying a pet for the first time is that each animal has a differing set of needs. Research all aspects of caring for a certain cat, then consider the temperament of the breed as ultimately, this pet is going to become a new member of your family.