Preparing to Own A Cat Before you decide to own that cute little kitten there are a few important things to consider. No doubt that is why you are reading this little book. First, if you have never lived...
Preparing to Own A Cat
Before you decide to own that cute little kitten there are a
few important things to consider. No doubt that is why you
are reading this little book.
First, if you have never lived with a cat you must find out
whether you are allergic to them. Allergy is the main
reason that cats are re-homed or sent to a shelter. If he is no longer a kitten by
then, sadly, he stands a poor chance of being re-homed. And of course both you
and your family will also be very sad.
If you tend to be allergic to pollen or other airborne allergens it is likely that you,
or your children, will also be allergic to cats. It really isn’t possible to live happily
with a cat if it makes your eyes and nose itch all the time.
If you've never spent much time around cats, try to spend a few hours in a home
with them and see if you feel at all allergic. Bring with you any family member
who has a tendency to allergy. If it isn’t possible to spend time with a cat you
could get an allergy test done. Take your time until you are sure you aren’t going
to be affected by cat fur.
Next, you may want to consider your lifestyle. Although most cats need less
interaction than dogs, a kitten, who has after all just left his playful littermates,
can easily become lonely and bored if left alone all day, especially if he is kept
indoors. A bored kitten is often a nuisance, scratching the furniture, knocking
things over, and generally trying to amuse itself in ways you won’t like. If you
work long hours getting two kittens to keep each other company is much kinder.
If you have a baby, or are expecting one, it isn’t a good time to get a kitten or cat.
Wait until the baby is a little older before acquiring one. Cats can become jealous
of a new baby and there is also the danger of the cat lying on a sleeping infant if
the crib is not safely covered. You will have enough to do in looking after your
baby without having to give time to a new cat.
Heres some of the topics covered:
Choosing a cat or kitten
How to feed your new cat/kitten
How to care for a cat/kitten
Feeding a cat/kitten naturally
Natural health care for cats
Should I declaw my cat?