You have finally made the decision to bring home a cat. Congratulations! When you adopt a cat, you bring a new living creature into your home. Even if you are pretty sure that you will be a responsible owner, we have some things we want to address in this article.
Your responsibility when adopting a cat
Even though cats are very independent animals, it definitely does not mean that they simply take care of themselves. This is the first thing you will learn when adopting a cat. If you do not have the time or resources to take care of him, it is best to wait until you have it.
If your cat is already part of the family, remember that:
- You need to give him the right food for his age, size and physical condition. And do not forget to make sure he always has access to clean water.
- Make sure he has a comfortable and clean place to relax, places where he can hide and feel safe (such as a box), and the right kind of toys and claw boards.
- Make sure his vaccinations and deworming are up to date. Remember to tell your vet if your cat can be outdoors and consider sterilizing or neutering.
- Play and affection are really important to keep your cat happy and healthy. If you spend a lot of time outside the house, you should think about before adopting a cat.
- If you have children at home, explain to them how to treat the cat properly. Also, do not leave them alone with the new pet, both for the safety of the children and the cat.
Things you learn when you adopt a cat
If you have come this far, you have obviously taken the above points into account and the cat fits well into your home and your lifestyle. Now let’s look at some of the things you will learn through the wonderful experience of living with a cat.
1. A cat is not a dog that howls
Although cats adapt well to group living, they are not pack animals like dogs. Therefore, do not expect your cat to acknowledge your authority or follow you around the house and wait for your attention. However, cats’ intelligence makes it easier to live with them. If you respect your cat’s own time and wishes, your cat will let you know when he wants to play or cuddle.
2. What your cat will do when he starts to trust you
When your cat rubs its head on certain objects, it is because it marks its territory with its scent. If he does that to you, especially if he rubs his face against your legs, it’s his way of saying you’re part of his territory.
If he is also lying on his back and showing you his stomach and waiting for you to pat it, do not hesitate. That means he trusts you. An even better sign is if he decides to take care of you as if you were a cat by, for example, licking your hands or your hair. It simply means that he sees you as one in the family.
Living with a cat improves your health and makes you happier
Cats are naturally gifted at relaxing and also at getting others to do it. Even if you have had a terrible day, your bad mood will disappear after you have cuddled or played with your cat for a while. Thanks to your k that you will feel a new inner peace. Try it for yourself and you will see!
Researchers have found that people who live with cats are healthier and happier. The cat’s spinning sound has a calming effect and also lowers blood pressure.
Be prepared to say goodbye to loneliness and depression when adopting a cat. You will also reduce the risk of heart problems and increase your life expectancy! So take care of your furry friend!