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Best Tips For New Cat Owners

As any cat owner knows, having a feline friend around can be very entertaining. Cats are wonderful companions and in time, they definitely know how to get the best out of their owners. As a real bonus, if you have a mouse problem, a cat will soon sort this out for you. If you are thinking about sharing your life and your home with a pussy cat, there are certain things you need to consider before you do because it's a huge responsibility and a long-term commitment.

Cats Are Independent Creatures By Nature

It's a well known fact that cats are pretty independent creatures by nature. However, they may be clever, resourceful and resilient but they are not capable of looking after themselves. You have to be sure that a cat would fit in with your lifestyle and that you would have all the time needed to interact with your new feline friend. If you lead a very busy life, this might turn out to be a real issue.

Some cats are super intelligent and extremely active which means they need to have you around as much as possible so they are mentally stimulated. However, other breeds are more sedate and don't mind so much being left to their own devices for longer periods of time. You need to do your research before you get or adopt a feline friend.

Having a Friendly Face Greet You at the Door

One of the things about sharing your home with a cat or other pet, is that you are guaranteed to have a friendly face greet you when you come home from work. However, you need to be sure you are settled and that your circumstances won't change in the future which is sometimes hard to predict. But the more settled you are, the less risk there is of this happening which means you could adopt or buy a cat and share your home with them for years to come.

Does Anyone in the Household Suffer Any Allergies

This is something that needs to be taken into consideration because if anyone in the home does suffer from an allergy and you get a cat, it could prove disastrous for them and your little feline friend. It is a very good idea to get tested before you decide to bring a cat home. However, you need to bear in mind that some people are allergic to other cats but not to their own. One solution is to choose a breed that is known to have low allergens but this is never a guarantee.

Never Cut Corners on Quality

It is never a good idea to cut corners by buying lower quality items and this is particularly true when it comes to cat litter and cat food as well as litter boxes. If you do decide to get a cat, you need to know you can afford the best for them and this includes investing in a top quality cat litter box and cat litter. An enclosed litter tray means your cat will have all the privacy they like and choosing litter that clumps makes it that much easier to keep clean which is very important. You need to buy good quality age appropriate food for you cat too and not be tempted to feed them cheaper brands which might not contain all the vitamins and nutrients cats need to stay healthy.

Pet Insurance is a Must

You also need to arrange pet insurance for your cat because if they should ever fall sick or be injured, veterinary care can be expensive. Having the right kind of insurance in place gives you the peace of mind that if your feline friend should need to be treated, then you would not have to worry about finding the money to pay the vet.

Conclusion

There is a lot to think about when you decide to share your home and life with a pussy cat. They are independent creatures but this does not mean they can look after themselves. They need you to care for them, to provide them with a  safe and comfortable home to live in. Cats need to be fed a well balanced nutritious diet that's age appropriate and should they ever fall ill, you need to provide them with the right veterinary care which is why taking out pet insurance is so important. Once you have carefully thought about everything it takes to have a feline companion, then and only then should you decide to adopt or buy a pussy cat because it's a long term and loving commitment.


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