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Thing To Consider When Buying A Cat

Copyright 2005 by Willie Crawford

So you let the kids talk you into getting a pet. After a lot of deep thought, you decided on a cat. Before you go out and actually get that cat, here are a few things you need to know.

The first thing that you need to do is confirm that neither you nor anyone in your household is allergic to cats. If you've not spent a lot of time around cats, maybe you want to hang out at the house of a friend who has a cat. Maybe drag the family along too. It would be a shame to find out that your spouse is allergic to that cute kitten after you've already brought him home. At that point you might feel bad saying "goodbye" to your spouse :-)

You also want to ask how much time you actually have for a pet. Yes, a cat is usually less trouble than a dog... at least they usually want to be walked and played with less. Still, a cat is a social creature that likes to associate with others. If you're going to be gone most of the time, you might consider getting two cats so that they can keep each other company.

A cat that gets bored or lonely can often get mischievous, and tear up a few things in the house. That's not something you want to come home to after a hard day at work!

You also want to make sure that your house is big enough for all of the cat accessories. You'll need a litter box, food and water dishes, a scratching post, and a bed or maybe a house. If you have small kids, you want to put those things where the kids won't get into them. You don't want the toddler confusing the litter box with a sandbox!

After you're sure that a cat is right for you and your family, you need to decide if you want an adult cat or a kitten.

Kittens are cute, and haven't grown "set in their ways" or developed bad habits. At the same time, kittens will have to be house trained. You may also want to have them declawed and spayed or neutered.

If you want an adult cat, you can probably adopt one for free from the local animal shelter or human society. If you adopt a cat from there, they will often be spayed or neuter for free, and probably come with their shots too. Consider this option because you may also be saving an animal's life.

If you do get a kitten, you may want to consider having it spayed or neutered, just to prevent contributing to the stray cat problem. Even if you think that you might want to show the cat, this is an option. Unlike with dogs, spayed or neutered cats are allowed to compete in shows. So, this will only be a problem if your cat starts winning shows, and people want to purchase some of the future offspring.

Most people don't think about entering their cats in shows, but if you do, you need to realize that there are pet quality cats, and there are show quality cats. This is true with most species of pets. The show quality animals generally have to be purebred, and exhibit all of the proper qualities of the breed. Pet quality means... a cat that make a good pet.

After you get your cat, and bring him home, it will usually take several days for the cat to settle in and feel at home. Just give the cat time. Keep showing the cat his bed, litter box, food and water dishes. Place these where you plan on leaving them, so that once the cat gets starts using them, he want have to learn to find them in a different place.

Once the cat is settled in, and accepts you as a member of the family, you'll find that cats make great pets. After the cat has properly trained "his human" things will be near perfect :-)

Willie Crawford is a recognized feline expert, and webmaster at the wildly popular website For information on cat health, cat toys, cat condos, and anything else to do with raising a happy and healthy cat, be sure to visit: