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How to Live with Pets: Cats

By Malcolm Rivers

Living with pets is about balance. It's important to balance your needs, the requirements of your living space, and what your pet needs. Pets' needs vary: cats, for example, are fickle and have needs that are unique in some regards. Living with cats has two major elements: care and living adjustments.

Caring for Cats

Taking care of a cat isn't necessarily complex or difficult, but it is work. Pet care for cats is made up of several practices and routines that will keep your cat happy and healthy.

The first step is to take your cat to a veterinarian for a checkup. When you visit the vet bring your cat's health history, breeding information, and any other pertinent documents with you. The vet will screen your cat for any possible health conditions or parasites or vaccinate them if necessary.

Depending on the age of your cat and possible health issues, its important to visit the vet with your cat two or more times a year for checkups or screenings. To prevent unwanted pregnancies, and the behavior that causes them, it may be worthwhile to have your cat spayed or neutered. The earlier you take care of this procedure, the easier life with your cat will be.

Aside from steps for maintaining your cat's health, there are many more mundane routines and considerations that are important when living with cats. Cats need regular feeding and water. What kinds of food you feed your cats will depend largely on your cat and their needs. Cats need spaces to play and toys to play with. Another important part of routine cat care is providing a litter box for cat waste.

The next major element of living with cats is adjusting your living space and lifestyle to fit your pet.

Adjusting to Living with Cats

Your living space may not be ready for a cat. Do you know if your apartment complex allows cats? If so, what are the rules? These are the things you need to know before buying a cat. Once you've established that you can have a cat in your living space, its important to pick up some basic things from the pet store.

  • Litter Box
  • Cat litter
  • cat food (depending on your cat's needs)
  • water
  • ceramic dishes for feeding

To keep your furniture safe, you should have your cat declawed or train him to use a scratching post. Declawing your cat can be painful, expensive, and difficult, so consider it carefully before committing to the surgery. Learning to trim your cat's claws is another means of keeping your cat from destroying your sofa, though it can be an onerous and difficult process. To get the most out of having a pet play with your cat! Cats don't just need food or medical procedures, they need your love and attention. If you're going to have a cat, you should appreciate their need for affection and do your best to enjoy your cat's company.

Living with cats can be rewarding. If you're able to make the necessary adjustments to your living space and lifestyle, and take care of your cat's needs, living with a car can be a breeze. These are just some basic ideas about how to live with cats successfully. As always, do your own research when considering adopting a cat. Good luck and enjoy!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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