In this post, I am going to cover the basics of what it is like to keep a cat as a pet. So let’s start with what kind of owners cats are good pets for. Cats are great if you don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to a pet. They don’ require a great deal of maintenance. Cats make fantastic pets for friends and family and for people living alone. They make great companion if you have young children. They are really good pet for teaching the basis of responsibility. Cats adapt to new environment easily. So if you live a small apartment, a cat might be better suited to you because they don’t need much space. Cats don’t necessarily go outside. So you can keep it indoor and have it as a house cat.
So let’s talk about the actual care of cats. There are certain things you are expected to do on the regular basis in order to keep your cat healthy and happy. They are very easy to care for and require you to do very little for them to keep them happy. Kittens need to be fed three to five small meals a day. But adult cats only need two or three meals depending on your personal preference. Clean and fresh water should be provided daily for your cat to drink. And you want to groom them at least once a week. If you have a cat with long and thick fur, you need to groom more often. The great thing about grooming is not only keeping your cat clean, but is a good way of bonding with your cat and spending some one-to-one time with them.
You will want to give your cat a health check at least once a week. Just to make sure everything is in order. Cats are very good at hiding illnesses. Check their ears and eyes to make sure they are clean. Check the teeth to make sure they all look healthy and none of them are fallen out. You also want to check your cat’s fur for parasites such as ticks and fleas. You don’t need to bathe your cat unless you do so for a medical reason.
One final thing you want to do is to take about an hour a day to play with your cat. You don’t have to get loads of cat toys because cats will play with many other things, like paper bags, plastic drinking bottles or shoe lace. This is especially important if you have a house cat.
On a day-to-day basis, the only things you will be doing are feeding your cat, making sure they got enough water and spending some time playing with them. At the rest of time, they will be just sleeping, grooming themselves or finding some ways entertaining themselves.