People adopting a cat need to know about the realities of cat caretaking. Before I go on it is worth mentioned that I prefer the phrase, "cat companion" and/or cat "caretaking" to "cat owner". I explain why on this page: Should we "own" a cat?
If you are buying a purebred cat this page might help: choosing a cat breed. If things go wrong this page may assist: How to sue on a cat contract.
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Here are some posts that provide tips and guides for the first time cat owner:
- 15 ways to avoid cat behavior problems - this covers a wide range of issues all of which should help the first time cat owner. I think it is an important document. It is a PDF file so will open differently and look different.
- We should remember that cats live in a land of giants and we are the giants. Go gently and quietly (use a melodious voice) and create a harmonious routine for your cat. Cats love that. It will reduce stress and a confident unstressed cat is what we like because stress causes behavioral problems including inappropriate elimination.
- Learn how to speak cat.
- Learn how to keep your cat calm or calm him or her down. A calm, confident cat is a happy cat. Here are two posts on the subject: Post One - Post Two.
- A stimulated cat is a happy cat.
- Understand aggressive cat behavior. There is always a logical explanation and it can be avoided.
- Provide the best cat food (USA). Best Dry Cat Food and Best Canned Cat Food.
- Know what it cost to keep a cat for the life of a cat and it is for life. Be prepared for the near certainty of your cat dying before you. It can be heartbreaking.
- Know a bit about cat health. Understand the main diseases and watch out for them: upper respiratory infections, lower urinary tract infections, FIP, FeLV, FIV, Distemper, diabetes, allergies. They are all listed here: Cat Health Problems.
- This page might help too: Cat behavior explained.
- Act responsibly towards other people in relation to cat caretaking. Some people don't like cats. Don't piss them off by allowing your cat to trespass on their land etc.
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