Bring Home a new cat/kitten
Oh what an exciting day it is when you bring a new kitten or cat into the family. Make sure to research the different breeds to find the breed that fits your life style and habits. Many cats live a long time so make sure you will be able to care the feline when your kids go off to school, they move out and cannot take the cat with them. Where do I look for a cat or kitten? One place that not only serves as a great source is your local humane society. By using the local humane society you will give the cat or kitten a new lease on life because their time at the society is limited.
When time comes to actually adopt a cat or kitten, you will need to have these necessitates on hand: food and water bowl, bed, grooming tools and most importantly, toys to occupy their mind. You will also need a scratch post and climbing trees for them to do the things that come naturally to them. This will also save your furniture and curtains. Cats like all other animals need their exercise, so you should have a feather teaser or maybe a laser pointer that you can use to interact with your animal.
Make, sure you can afford them. Remember you will need to buy food for them. Also, the veterinarian trips can be costly. If the animal is a kitten, the trips to the vet may just be once a year for their shots and annual checkup. If the animal is older, or is sick, then the cost will be greater. The Vet can also place a microchip under their skin so if the feline gets lost you may be able to be fine them easier. You should also have the feline neutered or spayed. The cost of these procedures are usually cover in the cost of adoption. There is pet insurance that you can purchase to cover some of the expenses that you may have.
It is really important to animal proof your house. Make sure that any extension cords are put away. That will be hard to do with lamps on side tables. Make sure that you have all medicines, chemicals, and cleaning products in an animal proof enclosure. You may need to use a child proof lock to keep the cabinet closed. Keep the doors to the dishwasher, washer machine, dryer, and microwave closed. Prior to using these appliances, open the door to verify that the cat has not curled up inside to take a nap. This is the same thing you need to do if you have a child.
If a cat or kitty is in your future, have fun with them and enjoy your new family member.