Top 10 Things To Consider Before Getting A Cat (& More)
We found a few very thoughtful articles on the website of our friends at SweetieKitty that we'd like to share with you. We at Moggies love to find out about aspects of cat care that we may not have paid much attention to before, so here are some our thoughts about "Things to Consider Before Getting a Cat." There are many more, of course, but we picked out the main ones we'd like to discuss.
You may not have thought before about how important your choice of vet is. He or she must be amenable and easy to get on with, not just with your cat but with you too. If you ask to look around, will the staff be offish with you? And when it comes to things like decisions about serious things like putting your pet to sleep, will he or she object to a second opinion? Is your vet popular and well-respected? And what will the cost of veterinary care be? Even something as practical as proximity has to be considered when choosing a vet. This article addresses all these concerns.
Cats have quite a long life span and you'll have to be absolutely certain that you are willing to make this commitment for around fifteen years, or maybe even longer. When the inevitable happens, you need to ask yourself if you can cope with the heartbreak.
Now here's something very useful that a lot of new cat owners don't think about when bringing their little fur ball home, especially if it's a new kitten and still very small and playful: kitten proofing. Kittens are just like babies, especially like the ones who have just begun to walk and are, as the saying goes: "into everything!" Cats, being very territorial, are curious creatures anyway, but kittens' brains are still developing and they explore everything. So here are a few basic house rules.
Keep toilet lids closed. Cats will drink from just about anywhere - even the toilet!
Make sure the washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher doors are closed. Cats love small cosy spaces. Childproof locks are a necessity for cupboards with toxic cleaners and medicines in them.
Keep small chewable things off the floor, and make sure there is no string or electrical cords anywhere. These are usually attached to things like irons and kettles, but kitty may find them irresistible and pull the appliance down on top of himself.
Many house plants are very poisonous to cats, so be careful what you plant and ask both the nursery where you source your plants, and the vet, what is suitable. Even the prettiest and most innocent-looking flowers like daffodils are a problem, so beware.
It goes without saying that kittens should never be alone with gas or electric heaters and open fires.
As well as good quality kitten food and an appropriate cat carrier your kitty requisites should include a scratching post so that kitty can sharpen his claws and strengthen his forelimbs. If you don't get one he'll use something else - like your furniture! It can also be a distraction from all the other bad habits he may engage in.
SweetieKitty site supports on the stance of neutering and spaying your pet. In fact, we'd agree that it's cruel not to do so, because you're condemning your queen to a lifetime of mating and childbearing (and mating is not pleasant for the female) and the tomcat to a wandering existence of seeking females to mate with and tomcats to fight with. Neutering also keeps the population down and makes cats happier.
This is a question asked by many cat owners: should I keep my moggy indoors all the time or let him outdoors too? The question in many owners' minds seems to be one of safety, and there's no doubt that outdoors can be hazardous. You may be worried that if your cat is outside they could be abducted, run over by a car, bitten by another animal or catch an infection or parasites. You can't protect your animals from everything and reasonable precautions like a cat-proof fence or an indoor-outdoor structure like a catio can keep him safe from most dangers. Cats can very easily be kept as indoor animals, but the biggest problem with this is exercise, and you'll have to make sure that he gets some very rigorous playtime when you're around so that he doesn't become fat and lazy, since this can lead to health problems.
There are many other informative issues in this infographic, such as what to do when you go on holiday, the requisites for a new kitten, and how to choose your kitten. At this point, we're going to implore you to get your pet from an animal shelter so that you get lots of love and your cat gets a good home. We thank you.