The Beginner's Guide to Owning a Cat
December is Cat Lover’s Month, and we salute our furry little family members. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 36 million U.S. households have more than 76 million cats! Many people can not imagine their homes without their feline friends.
Still, many people argue cats are mean or don’t make good pets. Here are some myths and truths about felines.
Myth or truth?
- Cats always land on their feet. Myth! Many think cats have nine lives because they are such agile creatures, but if they fall the wrong way they could seriously hurt themselves (just like the rest of us).
- It’s okay to feed your cat a LITTLE chocolate. Myth! Feeding your cat chocolate is a huge no-no and can be very dangerous. Cats aren't able to digest dairy properly, resulting in bowel issues. (And frankly, you don't want to have to clean that litter box!)
- Female cats should give birth before being spayed. Myth! According to The Humane Society, the opposite is true. Spraying your furry friend is a good idea to do before she becomes a mom. The same is true for male cats; ask us about the timetable, so you don’t end up with a cat spraying your furniture.
- Cats are trainable. Truth! You can train your cat to do certain things. Not all cats respond to training, but some will.
- Cats are mean pets. Myth! Cats are loving and caring companions. Many people claim that their cats can help them get through hard times because of the love and affection they offer. Cats each have their own personality, like humans, which means you’ll find some non-friendly felines out there, especially those who have not lived with humans. However, many house cats are happy to play with you, keep your lap warm, and purr by your side.
Tips for New Cat Owners
- Are you hoping for a new furry family member this Christmas? Make sure to watch out for your Christmas ornaments; your cats will love to play with anything that is within reach.
- Keep those sweet treats away from your pets! Read more about holiday foods your fur babies should avoid.
- While cats are independent, they still need love and care. If you plan to add a cat to your home, research what types of cats will fit your lifestyle. Some do better with more attention while others are OK if you’re working a lot.
- If you’re concerned about allergies, ask us which breeds have lower allergens.
- Don’t skimp on the cat litter. Higher quality litter and a good litter box can make all the difference!
- Make sure to have plenty of toys and a scratching post for your kitty.
- Start a grooming routine early. Cats don’t love baths, but you can make this chore more pleasant by teaching them early. Brush their fur and trim their claws early as well.
- Cats need vaccinations, some of which must be administered annually. Schedule appointments with us to take care of your cat.
- Choose a quality cat food containing a meat protein. Many cat food manufacturers stuff their food with grain fillers, such as corn.
Contact us if you are thinking about getting a cat, and we can help you every step of the way.