In Germany, cats are the most popular pets, but many people who like to have a cat at home, underestimate how much work a cat makes and how much time their supply takes. Before a small tiger is taken from the animal shelter or the breeder, the future owner of the cat should ask himself some important questions and keep himself informed, so that living together can really work. A checklist with six questions can help you make the right decision.
1. Are cats allowed in the apartment?
Not every property owner agrees if his tenants want to take a cat. Before the cat comes into the house, therefore, the property owner should be asked for permission. A look at the rental contract can also be helpful when it comes to keeping pets like cats.
2. Is enough time dedicated to the cat?
It is a mistake to assume that only dogs spend a lot of time and that cats can deal very well with themselves. Cats can also be lonely and therefore a cat should not be kept alone if possible. It is true that cats are loners, but they rarely object to the presence of a fellow-animal.
3. Is there sufficient financial resources to supply the cat?
Before the purchase of a cat, also the financial expenditure must be taken into account. It is not only the running costs of cat litter and feed, but also the cost of the veterinarian must be planned. The cat must be regularly vaccinated and dewormed, especially when she is often in the garden and maybe she also needs a special feed or expensive drugs. However, if you decide for a young cat, you should have it castrated.
4. What to do with the cat on vacation or in case of illness?
Who cares about the cat, if a vacation is planned or a hospital stay is necessary? Are there friends or relatives who can take care of the cat in time? This important question must be clarified in advance.
5. Is there enough room in the apartment?
A cat needs space to feel good. The cat’s toilet must also find its place, as well as the scratching tree, the feeding bowl and the water bowl. Closed doors are something that cats do not like and they like to drive their claws out when the door is closed. When she is walking over the windowsill a flowerpot can already break and the toys are distributed throughout the apartment with pleasure.
6. Cats cannot be educated
Whoever takes a cat must live with the fact that a cat is only conditionally educated. Cats have their own head and are only willing to learn something, if they want it. Learning as a dog is not to be expected with a cat.
Perhaps the most important question is, is there a willingness to take care of the cat for many years, because indoor cats can reach the age of 15 to 20 years.
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