Our family has always had a cat ever since I was little. I enjoy having a cat in my life. As I am in my office working on my blog. Both of my boys are in my office in their favorite spaces. My daughter is 9 years now. On her first birthday, she received a Disney chair as a gift that she use to share with our male cat Chaser. Since she has outgrown the chair Chaser has taken it over and we don’t have the heart to take it away. Akira has his own cat bed that he curls up in my office.
Owning a cat is a big responsibility and here are 10 things to know before owning a cat.
1. Cats have nine lives
Adopting a cat is a lifelong commitment! A cat can live up to 20 years. Make sure that you are prepared for the cost of taking care and loving your cat for its whole life
2. A Cats Costs
Be prepared for the financial responsibilities that come with owning a cat. The average annual cost is anywhere from $800 to $ 1000. This would include good quality food, litter, toys and medical costs. It’s important to have an emergency fund available for any emergency illness, I would suggest $ 250 to $2000.
3. Cats take time
Cats like any other pet need lots of love and attention. It takes time to form a bond with your cat. Take all the time you can cuddle, and play with your cat for physical and mental stimulation. Take the time to get to know your cat, so that you are aware of when the cat needs attention or when he does not.
4. Cats live healthier
Cats do not need to go outside. Indoor cats live much longer than outdoor cats. Outdoor cats have a higher risk of contracting diseases or being killed by cars or other animals. Indoor cats can have very fulfilling lives as long as you provide them with food, water, love, and a stimulating environment. Make sure your cat has access to plenty of sunlight and windows.
5. Cats Require Supplies
Before you take your new cat home, make sure you have all of the basic supplies. These include high-quality food, food and water bowls (steel, glass or ceramic preferred) litter box and litter, toys, a scratching post and a carrier for trips to the vet.
6. Cats Need To Be Kept Safe
“Cat-proof” your house or apartment to make sure you don’t have any items that could be harmful to your new cat. These can include poisonous plants, shopping bags, plastic bags, ribbon, string, twine, yarn and chemical cleaners.
7. Cats Need To Be Comfortable
Take care in introducing your new cat into your household, especially if you’re introducing the cat to a new baby. Cats thrive on the comfort, security and familiarity of their environment. Let the cat explore every nook and cranny of the house or apartment. This allows your cat to feel secure in its new surroundings. If there are children, teach them how to properly hold and pet the cat. Children should also be taught some basic cat body language so that they will know to leave the cat alone when its ears are back, its tail is twitching, or it is growling or hissing.
8. Cats Need a Good Litter box
Your cat should be able to comfortably get in the box, and there should be plenty of room for it to perform its elimination ritual of sniffing, digging, squatting, and turning around and then covering up the feces. The box should be private and easily accessible. Once the location of the box is established, don’t move it. Clean the box at least twice daily.
9. Cats Need To Scratch
Scratching is an innate behavior and should be addressed by providing your cat with the proper equipment and a place to scratch. A scratching post should be at least 30 inches tall, so your cat can fully stretch its front legs. It should be made of soft wood or wrapped with sisal rope (not carpeting), and mounted on a stable base that won’t tip.
10. Cats Need To Be Groomed
Self-grooming is a large part of a cat’s life. But you should still brush your cat at least once a week with a soft-bristled brush to maintain a soft, shiny and healthy coat and to reduce the possibility of hairball.
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