Today, cats as pets are more popular than ever and - believe it or not - more numerous than dogs. In Europe and North America, as many as 180 million cats have found their home and live as pets. But despite this interesting fact, the cat is still a self-sufficient, independent, and least studied domestic animal. If you have a cat or are planning to adopt it, here are some practical tips to help you get, keep and care for your pet.
What should you know before you get a cat?
As a pet, a cat is less demanding than a dog, and if you pay enough attention to it, it can be very pleasant company. Also, you don't have to set aside money for a cat because it's everywhere on the streets, so you can get it for free. Of course, if you want a purebred cat then you will have to set aside a little more money. So let’s start with the benefits of a cat as a pet.
As you may have already known, a cat does not need to be taken for a walk, and very quickly they learn to defecate in a cat toilet. You also don’t have to set aside large amounts of money for food because cats aren’t overly picky. When it comes to hygiene, cats are very clean animals because they clean and take care of their fur every day. Another positive side is that cats do not smell. But of course, in addition to the positive sides, there are also some that you should pay attention to.
Consider before having a cat
Like all animals, cats have a habit of marking their territory. Uncastrated adult cats can have the unpleasant habit of marking their territory with urine, and in these cases, pieces of furniture can take on an extremely unpleasant odor that is very difficult to get rid of. Also, cats have thick fur that falls off throughout the year, so you’ll need to spend more time cleaning their fur. You can make it easier to comb your cat every day. Neutered cats are in most cases very calm, unlike unneutered cats that meow very loudly during the mating season. To avoid stray cats, it is recommended to castrate every cat, except breeding, purebred cats.