Cats - the best pets

 Cats - the best pets

Compared to most other pets, cats can be considered very low maintenance. They don't need to walk, or expensive cages or toys like rabbits or guinea pigs. However, cats love the

attention and affection of their
 owners. When choosing a new cat, you need to take your living conditions into account. If everyone in the family is at work or school for most of the day, you may want to consider adopting two cats so they can keep each other company.

Once the initial training (eg litter box) is completed, cats can very well be left to have fun. Cats seem to sleep most of the day, but in reality, they only sleep soundly for short periods. This is where the phrase (cat nap) comes from. Some inexpensive toys such as bells inside a ball they can chase, crumpled paper, or something light like a feather hanging from the table door handle will keep them entertained when you are not. not here.

A few cat furniture that I strongly suggest you buy early on is a cat tree or a scratch-and-climb post and litter box furniture such as a litter box for each cat. Training your cat to use a scratching post instead of your furniture will be well worth the investment. Make sure the scraping/climber post is strong. If it tips over when your cat tries to use it, it will scare your cat and waste your money. I speak from experience here. I thought I could get away with a cheap scratching post, and it was never used. The first time my cats tried it fell and they won't come near it now. Having platforms at different levels on your scratching post will give the cat a place to jump and curl up to fall asleep. Cats love to be high up. It gives them a sense of security and allows them to look down on us mere mortals.

If your situation permits, allow your cat to roam outside at will. They are very curious by nature and love to explore new scents. If you allow your cat to walk outside, make sure all vaccinations are up to date. I would also suggest some form of identification, either a collar with a tag on it or a microchip.

There is a good debate as to whether cats should be allowed outside or not. Some worry about dangers to wildlife, others worry about dogs, traffic, fights with other cats, or illnesses. By placing a bell on your cat's collar, any wild animal should be warned that it is approaching. My two cats are allowed to roam at will and they rarely bring a bird or a lizard. However, they bring mice every night. I also check them regularly for grass seeds or injuries.

Please, if you plan to let your cat roam outside, have them spayed or neutered. If your cat is a male, he can impregnate many females. Just like humans. If your cat is a female, you probably won't want to have the problem of finding kitten houses. If your cat is injured in a fight, I would suggest a visit to the vet to have the wound cleaned thoroughly to make sure there is no serious damage.

Some research indicates that indoor cats live longer because they are not exposed to hazards or diseases. However, an indoor cat will need more stimulation to keep them from getting bored.

If you have a cat as a pet it will be a wonderful experience. Cats can live up to 20 years and will repay ten times any love shown. The more you bond with your cat while she is still a kitten, the better the relationship will be. Cats can be like children, the more you love them the more they can love you back.
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