Cats make great pets for many people. Some people might not have children, for whatever reason; consequently, they may decide to get a pet. Before you start, you want to find out more about your choice for a pet. If you are choosing a cat, you’ll need to know about the breed, their likes and dislikes, longevity, health issues, how well they adjust to children (important for those who are planning to have children or have already had children), type of care required specific to that breed, your availability to provide care, you’re your level of commitment to your pet.
Now, let’s talk about cats. Domestic cats are your common, every day, no pedigree cat but they make excellent pets. They are from mixed breeds, are usually hardy, and are able to tolerate a lot of the everyday wear of life that many of the others can’t. You are less likely to see the diseases that you may see with some of the other cats. Domestic cats come in many colors, patterns and sizes, and their personalities are just as varied.
On the other hand, you may decide to go for a specific breed. There are so many breeds available; take the time to find out about some of these breeds so that you will be able to make an informed choice. A great way to learn about cats is to go to your local animal shelter, a pet shop, or find out if there is a local cat sanctuary in your community. You’ll find that many of the workers or volunteers enjoy telling you about cats. Many of them have cats of their own.
Cat lovers choose their cat for various reasons, maybe they like a specific breed, or maybe they choose just a regular domestic cat because of a certain color pattern that they like. There are four coat patterns that I’ll talk about. These are calico, tabby, tortoise shell, and tuxedo; these do not refer to breeds but rather to the color pattern of the cat’s coat.
Calico cats are tri-colored; this means that they have three colors, white being the dominant or main color of the three colors, the other two being black and orange, or variations of those colors. Most calico cats are females. Tabby cats may have patterns that come in the form of dots, lines or stripes, and these cats usually have an “M” on the forehead. The tortoiseshell cats have the combination or mixture of black and red patches; there are also variations. They have very little white or none at all. Like calico cats, tortoiseshell cats are usually females. Tuxedo cats have two colors, black and white, and they appear to be wearing a tuxedo. After you have decided on which cat you want, your homework is not done; you still need decide whether or not you are willing to make time for your cat.
Cats make great companions but as with any relationship, you must be willing to invest time. Make time to play with your cat. Take a trip to your pet shop and explore ways in which you may provide your pet with meaningful play items. This will help you to develop trust and foster a positive relationship. It will also ensure that your cat is getting needed exercise. Just jumping after a ball will provide exercise and having them hunt after and catch a toy mouse or a fish will help to satisfy the hunter in them.
Buy items that give your cat a sense of ownership; also, give it enough space and room to explore. Find items that satisfy a cat’s desire to climb, for example. A stool, a ladder, a tree with well –placed branches. Many of these items may be found in your local pet store, or you may want to visit online pet stores. A satisfied cat will give you so much love and happiness and will help you cope with loneliness if you live alone.
One more thing – you want to get your cat neutered (male) or spayed (female). Don’t forget that heightened sexual feelings could cause your cat to be aggressive, since it is unable to appropriately filter those feelings. Get your cat fixed and avoid a ton of problem. Now enjoy a life of love and fulfillment with your new best friend.
Symphony of Cats
Cats, cats everywhere
Cats on the tables, cats on the chair
Brightening every dreary day
As they sing their roundelay
Do you see them as they jump?
Landing with a graceful “thump”
Moving lightly as they go
Whether fast or whether slow
They make owners grin with pride
As they roll over on their sides
Meowing as they’re gently stroked
Lying with their happy folk
Cats, cats everywhere
Cats on the table, cats on the chair
Treat them kindly they will stay
And will never run away