OF ADOPTING A CAT?
You've made a wise
choice: A cat is a lovable, charming pet that offers endless fun and entertainment. But cats may only be lovable and charming
if you treat them the way they should be treated, the way you yourself would want to be treated.
So, if you're thinking
of adopting a cat, keep in mind these 10 tips about how to keep him healthy and happy
1. Like dogs, cats need to be fed good, nutritious food regularly, at least once a day.
2. Cats also need plenty
of cool, clean, fresh water. Adult cats do NOT need milk, which might make them fat and give them diarrhea.
3. Keep your cat inside
your home with you. But keep him in a separate room from birds and fish, which cats will attack. Also keep him away from house
plants, which cats may destroy. Certain plants are also poisonous to cats.
4. Do NOT automatically
have your cat declawed. Declawing has been compared to removing your fingernails. Would you like it? To prevent your cat from
scratching or tearing your furniture, trim his claws regularly and provide him with a small rug or scratching post. Verbal
scolding can also work wonders.
5. Unlike dogs, cats do
NOT need to go outside. Cats are almost always naturally housebroken and will use a litter box even at an early age. Allowed
outside alone. cats often get lost or hurt and sometimes get killed. Also, don't leave your cat alone in a room with an open
6. Make sure your cat always
wears identification, even if you never let him outside. Agile and clever, cats sometimes manage to get outside by themselves.
Provide the animals with a comfortable, expandable collar and an attached identification tag with your name, address and phone
number on it. Consider purchasing a dog license for your cat. Also consider having your cat tattooed by a qualified veterinarian.
7. Unlike most dogs, cats
do NOT need to be bathed. A healthy cat keeps himself clean and well groomed.
8. Make sure your cat gets good veterinary care, including all necessary examinations and shots.
9. Have your cat spayed
or neutered by a veterinarian or at the ASPCA once the animal reaches maturity (usually after six or seven months of age).
Your cat will enjoy a longer, healthier life, there'll be fewer strays on the streets and you'll be spared the hassles of
a cat in heat.
10. Give your cat plenty of love and affection. Though cats are more independent than dogs, they
thrive on your companionship.