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Having a pet is one of the best decisions you have ever made and if it is a cat, which is also adopted, then ¡better than better! But, ¿Are you ready to have a pet at home? If you have doubts regarding the answer to this simple question, at AnimalWised we help you solve the problem and explain the 5 things you should know before adopting a cat.
Incorporating a new member to the family is always a reason for joy, but when you adopt an animal you must take into account many factors, both the animal itself, the family you want it to join and the place where it will become your new home.
If you have already lived with cats, you should know some important things, but let's not forget that although the excitement of having a small kitten in our home overwhelms us, common sense should never fail. It is better that we are prepared to make our new friend feel at ease and that the cat-human relationship begins and develops in the best possible way.
Yes do you want to adopt a cat, find out everything you need to know before and get ready to enjoy an incredible pet.You may also be interested in: Things to consider before adopting a golden retriever Index
- Cahorro or adult cat
- Your space in your home
- Prepare the family
- Visit to the vet
- A cat will change your life
1. Cahorro or adult cat
We know that a small kitten will surely make you more excited than an adult, but you should know that adult cats are also full of love to give and their acclimatization to a new home may be even easier than that of a very young cat.
If you are determined to adopt a puppy cat you have to bear in mind that you must have patience to educate him and time to play with him since kittens have too much energy and are quite hyperactive. Of course, you will enjoy with your pet a beautiful stage, full of fun moments, but that carry important responsibilities.
If on the contrary, you want help an adult cat, the advantages of adopting it abound. An adult cat already has the basic knowledge learned and getting used to a new home will be easier. Remember that we all deserve second chances and more animals like these, that even if they don't play as much, they still provide company and unconditional love.
If you still have doubts about this first point, here are some articles that will surely help you:
- Puppy cat care
- How to train a small cat
- Socializing an adult cat
- Tips for adopting a stray cat
2. Your space in your home
Whether it is a kitten or an adult cat, one of the things you should know before adopting a cat is that a feline needs 4 essential spaces inside your home. These spaces are:
- Toilet area: A space where your sandbox is always there. Remember that cats are extremely neat animals and the area where the litter box is is sacred. It should never be near food and should be in a ventilated place whenever possible.
- Game Zone: If you do not want your furniture or your clothes to suffer continuous attacks, before adopting a cat, you must have its play area prepared and it must always include a scratching post.
- Feeding zone: It should be away from the litter box, remember that cats are delicate with smells and the area where you place the drinker and their eating cup should be in another part of the house, always in the same place.
- Rest zone: In general, the rest area is usually a corner in which our friend feels so comfortable that he uses it both to sleep and to carry out his personal hygiene routines. This place can be the same scratching post or a corner of the house where you have a cushion and some toys.
Remember that to have a feline at home you do not need large spaces or a garden where it can run, but what you do have to take into account before adopting a cat is that it will need to easily find its vital spaces.
To help you with this, here are other articles that will surely make things easier for you:
- Teaching a cat to use the scratching post
- Teaching a cat to use the litter box
- Homemade scratching post for cats
- Cat toys
- The best cats to have in a flat
3. Prepare the family
Before adopting a cat it is very important that you bear in mind that the new pet will be part of your family, so the rest of this must be aware of your arrival so that the welcome is always positive.
Children and adults
If you have small children at home, you must prepare them for the arrival of the new member of the family. Cats are very affectionate, although their fame says otherwise, but it is also true that they are quite independent and that they do not like to be harassed or manipulated for long periods of time. Teach your children how to play with the cat and how to educate it so that the relationship is totally healthy and the cat can be quickly integrated into the family.
If this is your case, do not hesitate to take a look at our article with the best cats for children.
As for adults, ¡the same! cats are not the same as any other type of pet and therefore cannot be treated as a dog would be treated, for example. Cats have a human-like character, so don't try to keep them on you all day. Of course, remember that they are animals and that they need attention and above all, many games, such as chasing things or hunting.
Cats are quite territorial, so before adopting a cat make sure that the rest of the pets in the house can get along with it. If you have dogs or cats, the best way to introduce the new member of the family will be little by little and with great tact, a hasty presentation can spoil the relationship between your pets forever..
To do this, give the new cat a private space, such as a room for example and gradually introduce him to the rest of the house. Let the pets smell each other, without needing to see each other, monitor the first encounters constantly and thus they will lose their fear. This process can take up to a month, do not rush it and be patient. And if there are aggressive encounters, here are some tips to avoid fights between cats..
You can also check:
- How to get two cats to get along
- Coexistence between cats and rabbits
- Tips for coexistence between dogs and cats
4. Visit the vet
Although it is point number four on our list of things you should know before adopting a cat, the topic of visiting the vet is one of the most important, whether you plan to take a kitten home with you or if you want to adopt to an adult cat.
Take your new pet for a consultation, That the vet check that everything is in order and if necessary, that he be vaccinated and dewormed. If you have other animals at home, you can put their health at risk by taking another animal that can transmit diseases.
Cats, although strong, are also delicate animals in certain respects. A depressed or scared cat is more likely to contract certain diseases, so it is important that you monitor its health status from the first moment it enters your life. Another aspect that you should take into account is the issue of sterilization, this has a lot to do with their happiness, since a cat that does not have the "stress " that the mating season can generate, will not only be more docile but who will be happier.
If you have doubts about this topic, you can learn more about heat in cats and the advantages of sterilizing a cat.
5. A cat will change your life
Throughout this article we have explained the basic aspects that you should take into account if you want to adopt a cat. We have told you that you must decide what type of cat you want, that you must also prepare its space at home and the rest of the family for its arrival and we have explained that a visit to the vet is almost mandatory, but the most important of all this is that ¡having a cat as a pet will fill your life with joy!
Cats need time, care and affection, like any living being, and the prize they give you in return is priceless, so do not hesitate and get everything ready to have a cat in the family. Whatever the reason that led you to make this decision, you should know that the relationship with your new pet should be forever and that the sacrifices that you may have to make will result in a unique friendship..
Felines may have a bad reputation, their lonely and independent character may be confused with selfishness, aggressiveness and even some believe that cats are treacherous animals, but those of us who have felines at home know that this is completely far from reality. A cat will bring joy to your home, it will be your support in moments of loneliness, it will make you a more active person and of course, daily laughter is guaranteed with its madness.
If you want to know a little more visit our fun article about the things you should know about cats and the benefits of having a cat.
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