There are many things to take into consideration when caring for us. As we can live up to 20 years, adoption is a huge commitment and your new friend should match your lifestyle so that both of you extract the maximum benefit.
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First things first:
1. Establish what kind of cat you want
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Kittens are are cute, cuddly and everyone loves them. Although raising a kitten is a wonderful experience you need to remember that by the time a kitten comes into your home, they are as well-equipped to engage in the energetic activities as that of a ten year old child.
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You may have a picture in your mind of the purrfect companion but first do a little research on the breed as you may well find that the cat of your dreams will not fit into your lifestyle. As an example, unless you are committed to regular DIY or professional grooming, that beautiful Persian you had your eyes on will become an irritation which in turn is completely unfair to the animal.
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Stock up on supplies before bringing your new friend home
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A litter box.
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Food and water bowls.
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A scratching post that is sturdy and allows us to stretch completely.
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Toys that are stimulating, safe and robust. A good cat toy is defined by staying intact regardless of whether it's tossed, chewed and clawed. Remember that cats enjoy eating catnip and toys made from a light fabric will end up in shreds which in turn will end up in your cat's stomach. A toy should not have any removable parts. Anything that can be destroyed is not a good idea. When it comes to catnip, a few dried bits scattered over, say the scratching post, will provide hours of enjoyment.
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His or her own bed made up with a soft blanket.
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Brushes and combs for grooming.
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Cat-proof your home. The adage is: If its not safe for your child, its not safe for us.
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3. The Vet
Within the first week of bringing your kitten or adult cat home, a trip to the Vet is an absolute necessity. Don't forget that kittens require a lot of medical attention from booster shots, de-worming to spaying or neutering at the appropriate age. NB: It's of paramount importance to identify your cat and a quick microchip insertion will greatly assist a Vet or shelter in returning your furry friend should they get lost.
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4. Cat Food - Wet vs Dry
There's a lot of discussion on this subject, however, it seems the biggest difference between wet and dry cat food is the water content. Canned food obviously provides more water content. A good quality food whether wet or dry can be more than satisfactory for your cat's requirements and should be provided once or twice a day. Leaving a bowl of kibble out is tantamount to a child munching on packets of crisps all day. The results are self-explanatory.eaving
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5. Cat Grooming
We all require grooming, some more than most and just because your companion is fastidious in his or her cleanliness, doesn't mean grooming is not a requirement. A shorthaired breed is far less maintenance than a longhaired cat, however, everytime we start to lick, we are ingesting hair which will either be coughed up as hairballs or necessitating a trip to the Vet for an operation. When it comes to long-haired cats, without regular grooming, the fur can become entangled and form mats which apart from being uncomfortable can also tear a cat's skin if they become bad enough. Make grooming fun. We appreciate being stroked and will enjoy the feeling of light grooming. Note to the wise: When tails start twitching, enough is enough!
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6. Finally
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