Are you considering getting a cat? We understand that! Cats are not only sweet and soft but also very nice company. But getting a pet of course means changes in your life. We have compiled some useful information for you before your decision.
You have an exciting and fun time ahead of you once you get your cat home! Getting a cat, just like any other pet, means that you will have to change a part of your everyday life. Of course, all cats are different and may have different experiences from life. This means that everyone has their own unique way of getting to know you and their new home. Some like to curl up in your lap right away while others are more independent and go their own way. By understanding the conditions and preparing yourself, you can more easily help your cat adapt to his new home and develop a nice relationship with you.
Your Cat Needs Care And Attention
It is important that all cats have an adapted and stimulating life, regardless of whether they live as indoor cats or have the opportunity for outdoor activities. For cats that are always indoors, it is of utmost importance that they are sufficiently activated and that they are given the opportunity to satisfy their foraging and hunting behavior. All cats need a safe and secure place to rest and sleep and they should also be given the opportunity to climb, claw and sharpen their claws.
Because many cats are more independent than dogs, they are often considered more suitable for our modern, busy and fully booked lifestyle. Are you often at home or will the cat have a lot of time alone? Regardless, a cat must not be left unattended for any longer periods, it must be seen at least twice a day – more often if it is a small kitten or if the cat is sick or injured in some way. It must receive food, water and a clean litter box, but also care and company. If you travel, you must therefore be able to arrange for the cat to be supervised when you are away. It is therefore important that the cat fits your lifestyle and that your lifestyle also fits the cat!
Can I Get A Cat If I Am Allergic To Fur Animals?
There are people with allergies to cats who can live with cats, but of course this applies to far from everyone. If you are allergic but still want to get a cat, we recommend that you contact breeders of the breed you intend to get and ask to meet these cats on several occasions to see if you react allergically. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that you will not react allergically after you get the cat, even if you do not initially show any allergy symptoms. It is therefore wise to have a plan for who will take care of the cat if you need to relocate it due to allergies. You should also discuss with your doctor before getting a cat if you suspect you are allergic.
A Special Purebred Cat Or A Domestic Cat?
Many people start by asking themselves what kind of cat you want, if it should be a special purebred cat with a pedigree or if you want a domestic cat. “Domestic cat” refers to a mixture of different cat breeds. These cats are sometimes also called farm cats.
Domestic cats can look in a variety of ways and have very different personalities, while a purebred cat is more often the same as its breed relatives and you can know in advance about what it will look like and behave. Sometimes you hear that purebred cats would be better suited as indoor cats than domestic cats are. However, this statement is not true! It is highly individual how well a cat thrives as an indoor and outdoor cat.
You should also consider how much time you can spend on fur care. A long-haired cat, such as Persian cats, needs to be combed daily so that the fur is not felted together, which can be painful for the cat. Most cats will leave a lot of hairy marks around the home and many cats like to sharpen their claws on furniture and carpets, so if you are very meticulous you may need to think again before you get a cat.
It is important to remember that cats are animals with a free will and a great need to express their natural behavior. As a cat owner, you need to make sure your cat’s needs are met, regardless of whether it lives as an indoor or outdoor cat.
What Age And What Gender?
There are not many who can resist a kitten, even if it is claimed that you are not a “cat person”. Getting a kitten means that you can easily give it a nice start in life and they are of course irresistibly sweet, but also quite intense. If you get an adult cat, you will of course miss the kitten time, but on the other hand, the cat is often calmer, has easier routines and you will soon notice what personality it has. A good way to make a big difference for an individual is to buy a cat through relocation organizations. Too many cats are homeless and if you can offer a safe and lasting home for a homeless cat, you will get a lot back.
When it comes to the sex of the cat, it often does not matter, as long as you neuter it. Most cats reach sexual maturity between 6 and 12 months of age and it is recommended that you neuter the cat during that period. Unneutered cats often have an intense, hormone-controlled behavior – male cats spray-mark with urine and the female cat will run regularly, at least during the lighter periods of the year. As a cat owner, you are obliged to ensure that it does not reproduce uncontrollably. Letting unneutered cats stay loose outdoors is therefore not responsible and birth control pills are only recommended for breeding cats for shorter periods due to. the side effects associated with these preparations. In connection with neutering, the cat should also be ID-marked and vaccinated if not already done.
Can You Have Several Cats In The Same Home?
Another thing to take into account is how many cats can live together and stay together. It is very individual if the cat likes to live with other cats and they can like one individual better than another – just like us humans! Many times it is good to take care of two litter siblings and let them live together. If you already have a cat and get another cat, it is important that the cats are introduced to each other carefully. Stress reactions with fights or urine markings are not uncommon if cats do not agree.
What Does It Cost To Have A Cat?
A cat can cost anything from nothing to thousands of dollars in purchases, depending on how you get it. Most purebred cats are vaccinated, ID-marked and inspected upon delivery. Most relocation organizations also make sure that the cat is vaccinated and neutered when you receive it.
If your cat is not ID-marked and vaccinated, you should make sure to have this done as soon as possible after you have brought your cat home. In connection with ID marking, it is important to register your contact information in an ID register (eg on sverak.se or dýrid.se ) so that you can get your cat back if it gets lost.
Castration is a one-time cost, while vaccination and possible deworming must be done regularly and entails a certain cost. It is a good investment to insure the cat. Accidents and diseases can affect all cats and insurance is a good help if the accident occurs and the cat needs veterinary care. A cat insurance policy costs a small amount each month but if the cat gets sick or injured it can be an invaluable help. In addition to this, there are of course costs for accessories such as food and cat litter.
Does a Cat Work With Children?
You can of course have a cat if you have children! Many children develop a strong connection to the family cat and the children learn to take responsibility and show respect if they are allowed to participate in the care of a pet. It is always the parent’s responsibility to teach children to handle the cat properly.
However, it can be quite a lot of work to get a kitten if you have very small children at home. Some adult cats can also be stressed by toddlers. Make sure you really have time for both children and pets! In this way, you give yourself all the best conditions for a fun life. The same goes for other pets. Getting a cat does not have to be a problem if you already have a dog, but you need to make sure you can introduce them to each other safely. You have to take into account their different temperaments and needs and there is no guarantee that they will become good friends. Not all dogs work with cats and vice versa. There, it is important that you have a plan for if it would not work to keep the dog and cat together.
Some smaller pets that live in cages can be very stressed by having a cat in the house. Rabbits and guinea pigs are possible prey for cats, so make sure your smaller friends can be kept safe and not harmed by a mischievous – or hungry – cat!
5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Deciding To Get A Cat
This you need to have prepared and carefully thought through before your new cat comes home. Then you and the cat will be well equipped for a wonderful life together!
Make sure you can:
- Offer a stimulating environment indoors or give the cat the opportunity to go out
- Vaccinate the cat regularly
- Take the cat to the vet if it appears to be ill
- Insure or have the opportunity to pay for veterinary care if needed
- Neuter the cat around 6 months of age and ID-mark it (and register as an owner with SVERAK or dýrid.se)
7 Things You Need To Get For Your Cat
- Bowls for food and water
- A soft place to sleep
- Claw tree (if it is an indoor cat – may also be needed for outdoor cats)
- Brush and claw shears
- Possibly necklace with name and contact information for you if you plan to let your cat go outdoors (do not forget to register as the owner of your cat at sverak.se or dýrid.se )
- Cat box with cat litter