how easy is to keep cats?

catttttty the cute.. - I love cats..they are so cute..
India
August 15, 2007 2:10pm CST
well friends, i want to own a cat...yes a cat..just because i found them very cute and adorable..but i do not have any previous experience of keeping them.actually i don't have any pet.so can anybody tell me what precautions should i take for having a cat as a pet and please do tell me other important things about there care also.thank you.
5 responses
• United States
15 Aug 07
...First, you need to know, you will not own the cat. The cat will own you. They are fur babies. They will see you as thier maid service. Don't get me wrong. I adore cats and live with three. They are great company and therapy. They will sense when you are happy and when you are sad. ...Second, cats are very easy to care for. They just need the basics. Food, water, commode and a few toys. ...Feed mostly dry food because it is better for their teeth. Moist food is a nice treat. Not all can tolerate milk. If you get an older cat, I'd recommend not giving it milk, as it may give them diarrhea. Little bits of cheese are ok. I once had a cat that like pickles. Go figure! ...Scoopable litter is easiest litter to care for. You can get a litter box with a lid and it will help keep litter in the box. They will track it a bit. Kittens love to play, so keep box extra clean. We scoop twice a day and have 2 boxes for the 3 cats. Figure 1 box/per cat. One of our cats goes outside every chance he gets. ...Toys can range from free to expensive. Tie a piece of paper, folded like a fan to a piece of string and pull it across the floor slowly. Get a laser light and shin it on the floor in front of kitty. Two of mine love it, the other runs away. Catnip toys are easy to make. I kept my kids old baby socks to stuff with fluff and catnip. ...Third and most important bit of advice, buy a book on cat care and cat breeds. There are hundreds of different types of cats. They each have their own personalities. Some breeds have their own idiosyncrasies. I prefer short haired. I have a tabby/rag doll, russian blue and blue burmese. You will need to comb a long haired cat. I comb the tabby/rag doll during shedding season. ...Ask friends who have pets about the vet clinic they take their animals to. Ask them about prices, scheduling appointments and boarding. ...Remember, you are adopting a fur baby, not buying a pet. If you get to see a litter of kittens, let one choose you. ...Have a great day and peace be with you. =(^;^)= Della
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• India
16 Aug 07
thats interesting delladidit ..so they want to treated specially..well am all ready for that because they are so cute and adorable..I'll write down all your instructions they really will be helpful..even i would prefer a short haired one..thank you delladidit..and same to you..this cat sign is nice..hmm..=(^;^)=..:-)
• United States
17 Aug 07
...It is true not all cats like a covered box. I have one of each. They tend to poop in covered box and pee in open one. Go figure! ...They are all individuals. If you buy a covered box and they don't like it, take it off. But you cannot add a cover to just any box. ...My tabby/ragdoll sleeps in the hand sink. He drinks from it too. Can't seem to get the hang of drinking out of a bowl. ...Have a purrrrfect day and peace be with you. =(^;^)= Della
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• India
18 Aug 07
lol..thank you..you seem to be a true cat lover..i'll join you too very soon=(^;^)= purrrrfect...its funny..lol
@HighReed1 (1127)
• United States
16 Aug 07
I would also suggest adopting one from a shelter. Check to be sure if the shelter spays/neuters and gives shots. If they don't, those are things that will need done. Make sure you have the things you'll need before you get the cat. Litter box, food...toys can wait 'til later. Most cats will play with string or anything that rolls. Decide if your cat will be an indoor or outdoor cat. If you are near a busy street, you might consider keeping it inside. It could get smooshed. Cats are great pets! We have 3 of them. They have their own personalities. Enjoy your new friend!! :)
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• India
17 Aug 07
ok HighReed1 i'll arrange these things in a day or so..thank you for your directions..yup i'll be keeping her inside my house only as i live in a busy area..thanks..yes i'll enjoy..:-)
• India
17 Aug 07
hey never thought about age of cats...oohh..they live till 26 years..great..!!
• United States
18 Aug 07
Hi medstudents 4 and thank you for the good luck it came through and i'm in a little pain but i'm doing alright. As for cats I have 2. Camei short for camouflage whos in my profile picture and Katie. Katie is a calico she is very moody, cowardly, and antisocial. Camei is a tabby she is very friendly and she's tough too... no one can push her around. She is also the predator in the house... she takes care of mice and bugs. We got Katie at our local shelter she kind of kept staring at my sister... so maybe she picked us. Camei my little brother found in a neighbors yard so we kept her. I think that the best thing to do is get your cat from a shelter...it's very inexpensive maybe 30 dollars and they are usually spayed or neutered already. Also you definately should get the cat spayed our neutered because if you enjoy your sleep now you don't want to be kept up all night by the howls when they are in heat.
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• India
18 Aug 07
thank you Serenity224u..i never thought about that..hmmm.i should also arrange for that..yes surely i have make up my mind to get it from a shelter only..now for all the more reasons and i wish you are alryt..don't worry you will be fine soon...it will be a bit painful..but will subside soon..take care
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
16 Aug 07
I also adore cats and got most of them from the shelter. My Columbus and Waffles cats are from the shelter, while Mimi is from one of my sister's friends. In my experience, I have found that for the most part, shelter cats are affectionate and appreciative. So far, I have had only one shelter cat named Leo who took a few years to get acclimated, and then he was fine. Cats are rather independent, and do not have to be walked. They do, however, need good food, water and a place to sleep and pee. As an owner, you'll need to be vigilant about things like fleas and coughs, for example, and be ready to take the cat to the vet as necessary. Aside basic care issues, you'll find that adopting and caring for a cat one of the best and most rewarding things you've ever done. You'll never regret your decision to give a pet cat a home.
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• India
16 Aug 07
thank you for encouraging me scribe 1..i'll follow your guidelines:-)..i feel really enthusiastic now and waiting for thursday to come when i'll be bringing my own cat..i am excited too...:-)
• China
16 Aug 07
Hi, Medstudents4! I want to raise a cat, too. Because I am living in my school, there is no chance for me to raise a cat. When I leave school and start to work, I will keep one! ^~^
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• India
16 Aug 07
well all the best for that russelcrowe..^~^..hope u find a cute cat for you..i am also trying that for me..