Saturday, January 21, 2012

Choosing and Raising a Cat

Cats are probably the most popular pet in the household. In the United States alone, there are already millions of cat owners from the country and the city. Cats make wonderful, independent companions, and they often live to be as much as 15 years old.

If you lead a busy life and you often leave your home, a cat is the best pet you can have. Cats can be perfectly happy by themselves. Leave them food and a litter box and you wouldn’t have to worry about them for the entire time you’re away.

If you want to raise a cat, you may want to educate it early on. Get a kitten not younger than 10 to 12 weeks. Younger kittens may have been weaned too early from their mothers. No matter how adorable, they may not have been properly litter trained and socialized. Such a kitten may grow up into an irritable cat that wouldn’t cooperate with anyone.

If you don’t have the time or patience to watch over a kitten, consider adopting an older cat. Choose one that is healthy, stable, well-mannered, and loving. The best cat or kitten has been raised as a member of a human family. This cat knows and trusts people and is not timid or withdrawn. Male cats are generally more affectionate than female cats.

If you’re having a male, you’ll want to have it neutered. An unaltered male will grow into a wandering feline who often gets into fights. Females, too, should be spayed to prevent yowling, rolling, and carrying on during heat. An altered cat of either sex makes an excellent pet.

Bring your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups. This is to make sure that your cat lives with you for a longer time and is prevented from suffering illnesses.

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