While we can train a dog to be obedient and entertain us with clever tricks, the cat will have none of it. The cat is an independent animal quite capable of looking after and amusing itself. It feels no need to entertain or amuse you.
A cat will keep your home clear of unwanted pests such as rodents and bugs. It will give you comfort and affection when it sees fit and it won’t necessarily like all your friends and relatives.
Cats are perfect for apartment dwellers as they are easily litter trained, they don’t bark and don’t need to be taken out for walks. Cats can sleep for as much as 15 hours a day. They are literally very low maintenance, they enjoy cleaning and grooming themselves. The long haired variety may need occasional grooming to prevent matting.
In contrast to its house pet counterpart, the dog, the cat has a mind of its own. Where the dog wants your undivided attention when you get home, the cat is content just to be in your company. The dog will more than likely get overly excited at your arrival, yelping, jumping up and down and putting on quite the show, like he hasn’t seen you for days. The cat on the other hand, may or may not come and rub against your leg or it may just curl back up and go back to sleep. Cats are very independent and your arrival home, while it might be a small comfort to them, isn’t an earth shattering, I’m so excited event!
Cats are able to be left alone for long periods of time provided they have food, water and a litter box. No need for pet sitters and kennels.
Studies have proven that petting a cat and its purring sound have a soothing effect on humans . An extensive study showed that cat owners were 30% less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke.
Ernest Hemmingway adored cats. He owned over 50 cats and called them his “purr factory”.
Keep in mind that cat behavior will depend on its early experiences when it comes to interacting with humans. It will either be confident, if treated with love and kindness or fearful, if treated with harsh words and behavior. If it lives with other cats that do not interact well it can become stressed and react differently than when it is on its own.
Choose a breed suitable to your lifestyle. There are long, short and medium haired varieties and they come in many colors and blends of colors. Some breeds are more skittish than others and some are laid back and complacent.
The catalyst to avoiding a catastrophe is doing your research first!
Basic needs of a house cat
- positive human companionship
- regular supply of suitable foods
- fresh supply of water
- clean litter box or pet door for going outside
- treatments for worms and fleas
- spaying or neutering before 6 months of age
Some fun cat facts:
- Cats are genetically 95% tiger
- In 1963 a cat went to space
- Cats can jump 5 times their height
- Adult cats have 36 teeth
- Cats are one of the only mammals who can’t taste sweetness
- There are some cats who have 18 toes
- Cats will absolutely refuse to eat food they do not like, even to the point of starvation
- Catnip affects cats similarly to the way marijuana affects humans . The effects usually wear off in 15 minutes
- Much like a “talk to the hand” gesture a cat may yawn when it wants to end a confrontation with another animal
- Cats have scent glands in their face and body. When they rub against you it is a way of marking their territory
- A group of cats is called a Clowder
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as Gods: they have not forgotten this” ~ Terry Pratchett