Many people are interested in getting a pet but do not know how big of a commitment it would be, and thus are hesitant to purchase one. The idea of being responsible for another living thing can be very scary for people and may turn them off to the thought of buying a pet. If you are a person who has always loved cats, but are unsure if you want one because you are unsure of how much responsibility it will be, read on to find out more about what owning a cat is all about.
The great thing about cats is that they are fairly low maintenance animals. They do not require nearly as much work as other animals, and if you do not feel that you have the time to give them extra attention, they are generally fine with being left to their own devices. There are a few things, however, that you will have to do to ensure that your potential cat stays happy and healthy.
The first, and probably the most important, thing to know about owning a cat is related to feeding your cat. When you buy a cat, it is recommended that you ask a vet or a worker at a local pet store what type of food they would recommend for your cat. Considerations that go into choosing a cat food is the size of your cat, the age of your cat, the nutrients and ingredients in the food, the price you are willing to pay for cat food, and the level of activity your cat generally has. As a general rule of thumb, make sure that the food you pick for your cat is heavily protein based, as opposed to grain based. As far as how much to feed your cat, usually cats will regulate themselves. You will likely be able to simply fill your cat’s food dish whenever it is empty and give it no more thought than that. If your cat becomes overweight with this feeding regimen, schedule regular feeding times with serving sizes found on the bag.
The second thing to think about after what and when to feed your cat is litter box training your cat. Cats are known to be easy to litter box train, meaning they will go to the bathroom in a litter box. If you decide to buy an adult cat, you can look for one that is already litter box trained. If you would like to buy a kitten, it is very easy to litter box train them yourself. Because cats have a natural inclination to bury their waste, it is likely that all you will have to do is place them in their litter box. If they start digging around, it is likely that they already understand the concept. If they do not, try moving their paws in a digging motion to help them get the hang of it. If your cat shows signs of needing to produce waste, take them to their litter box. Be sure to clean the litter box daily and replace all the litter weekly.
After feeding and litter training, the last important thing to think about is making your cat happy. Make sure you have the capacity to love and care for an animal. You can buy toys like a cat tower, toy mouse, or yarn ball. A healthy, playful cat is well worth the work.