I adore cats - and on Monday am going to pick up two beautiful furry babies - but I wish I had them right now!
Our much-loved and beautiful cat passed away a year last March, and in the year between we were descended on by my brother, who brought his cat along. She's lovely, but she destroys everything and has a huge amount of unstoppable energy.
So, now that the beautiful cat-in-law has moved into her and my brother's new home - complete with a new kitten that my oh-so-wise brother got from a friend, who now drives her completely crazy - we can finally get furry angels of our own. So, we went along to Cats Protection in search of two new friends - and found them. A sweet tortie girl, who is young and petite and precious, and a lovely tabby and white boy who is loving and cuddling and snuggly.
Both seem to suit us beautifully and are extremely loving (especially the boy - who will hug and kiss you to death. He gives actual kisses, it's adorable - I'm already completely and utterly in love with him and he with me, and of course I love the sweet little girl as well.) I've no doubt that there are going to be challenges - while both have lived with other cats before, they've never lived with each other - but with patience and care I'm sure we can get them settled down. I have loved and known cats my whole life - as long as you take things to their pace, you'd be surprised what they can adapt to.
So, all in all - and despite the cost of kitty carriers and litter trays and all of the other stuff that comes along with it - I'm very much looking forward to fetching my new cats home on Monday. Argh! I can't wait!
I've lived in a cat-loving household all my life, and currently I have two of my own who have been my companions for the past couple of years.
The benefits of keeping cats for me is that they are a great pet for people such as myself who work full time and live alone. Cats have an ability to adapt their lifestyle to fit in with their owners in my experience. So they tend to sleep much of the day away and don't become lonely. Then when I get home from work, early or late, they are waiting at the top of the stairs with a yawn and a stretch and come trotting down to rub against me and greet me home, no matter how bad the day.
My two cats are sisters but have totally different temperaments, which makes them interesting characters to live with. Both are truly loving but one is more contrary and only wants to be fussed on her own terms, and in her own time. My other girl is far more affectionate and demanding for fuss and cuddles.
Previously, my pet cats have always been lap cats, and it took a bit of getting used to that my cats didn't want to sit on my lap, but it's true that cats will only live their lives on their terms. Stroking a cat, though, whether on the lap or at your side, is such a soothing and therapeutic experience, especially when the adorable purr kicks in, there is nothing like it, I adore it.
There are down sides with cats, and for many, the issue of their natural hunting instinct is a difficult one to come to terms with. Mine do hunt, and it is tough to think about, but it's important to remember that cats are still essentially wild creatures which we are still trying to fully domesticate, these instincts can't be simply be trained out or suppressed. Trying to keep the cats in during dawn and dusk does help cut down on their hunting tendencies.
For me, I really feel that a house never feels like a home without at least one pet cat, and I doubt I will ever be without them.
I like cats very much and have got 3 now of different ages, two of my cats go out in the day and the night but one of them is very timid and she does not go out of the house. My cats are all very different in their looks and in their personalities.
If you get a cat from when they are a kitten it us easy for them to get used to you. You should be very careful when you have a baby in a house with a cat because they can smell the milk they have drunk and they will try to lie with the baby and might suffocate a very small baby without meaning to.
I think cats are very easy to care for because they are fussy with their food sometimes but most cats will very easy eat nearly all wet food that you give them. My cats are very fussy about their dried food but they like to eat fresh fish or poultry when I cook it for them.
I let them out alot but I have not ever forced my indoor cat to go out because that would make her upset and I am happy if she wants to stay inside the house.
The bad thing is when my cat uses the litter tray because it smells very bad but I clean it very regular to keep the smell away from my homr as much as I can.
You can buy toys for cats but I think most cats are very good in the way they entertain themselves so do not think that toys are always very important. My cats play together nice but not all cats are very social and they do not always want to be near to other cats or humans.
Cats will scratch if they are scared or hurt or if they are in an aggressive mood so you should be careful always when you have cats and children together because a child sometimes will make a cat nervous and that is a danger to the child and upsetting for the cat.
I think cats make very good pets and I think I will have a cat in my home always.
I never thought I would own a cat but living in an apartment is not a suitable home for a dog. So after lots of nagging my husband brought me a cat for my 30th birthday and she is now 18 months old.
Tinkerbell is a female calico moggy with a big personality and lots of character. When I got her she was just 8 weeks old and a small bundle of fluff and cuteness. My expectations of owning a kitten/cat were slightly wrong. Everyone had told me that cats were very independent and practically took care of themselves. This is of course not true, Tink does like to have her own space but still requires quite a bit attention there is also the cost.
Tink is an indoor cat so requires lots of toys and playtime and the sleepy kitten stage soon wears off. Although I think I have been quite lucky with Tink as generally she is quite well behaved you still have to ensure that you provide clean water and litter tray for your cat and feed and groom them frequently, provide scrach posts to save your furniture and toys to prevent boredom. I also have pet insurance for Tink and have her enrolled in a cat club at the vets which covers her flea and worming treatments and yearly inoculations. In total my cat costs me around £50 a month so something you certainly need to take into consideration when thinking about having a cat.
Luckily Tink has never required any veterinary treatment other than the cost of being spayed which I opted to do. I personally think this is really important for any cat as it not only prevents pregnancy but also future health problems and the distress of seasons for you and the cat where they can become irritable and very vocal.
I think cats have quite simple needs but also need love, affection and care. Tink spends all weekdays on her own while we are at work so when I get home I try and spend time playing with her, she likes to play fetch like a dog although doesn’t understand the concept of returning the toy to me. She is fed twice per day and given fresh water and groomed at least twice per week to keep her coat healthy and prevent fur balls. She also likes to curl up on my knee and if my husband is sat with me will push him away to have her time with me. Also at night she sleeps on the end of our bed which although I said would never happen I could not cope any longer with her cries and scratching at the door and it is quite nice that she wants to be close to us.
I think taking on any pet needs carefully consideration but I love my cat and think the rewards of having the affection and pleasure of her company far outweighs the cost and time she requires.
I've always been more of a dog person if I'm honest. I grew up with dogs, my family got their first when I was 2 and our second when I was 6. When my parents seperated and there was nobody to stay in the house during the day with the dogs they decided to get them rehomed and I have to say it was really hard for me. I'll never forget them and always wondered what happened to them. It was nice knowing that they got rehomed together but I wish I'd known what kind of family got them.
We got out cat just under a year ago now. A friend of mine living in the block of flats had two cats (male and female) who had just produced a litter. She offered us one for free and we accepted. We had wanted a pet for a while but as we had a 6 month old we thought it best to get a puppy or kitten so they could be raised together (which has worked out well!)
We decided a kitten would be the better option. Cats are in a sense easier than dogs. Although I am a stay at home mum if we were going on holiday we have family members who could visit the cat to feed him and such. Whereas you couldnt really leave a dog alone for a big part of the day like that. Dogs also need a walk or 2 everyday and Ive never really mastered walking a dog along with a puschair.
When we went to see the litter they were all a beige, browny colour apart from the runt- a black one with white "socks" my boyfriend immediatly decided this was the cat he wanted. We got him when he was 10 weeks old and it took us a few days to work out a name. We tried out a few and in the end opted for tigger. A strange choice as hes not ginger but he was just so bouncy as a kitten (in some ways he still is!).
Raising him as a kitten alongside our baby was a good choice. Our now toddler is very loving towards animals, smothering them in kisses, strokes and hugs. Having visited friends I know that some animals find this hard to handle but Tigger is VERY tolerant of Tyler. Hes play nipped at his hand a few times but most of the time he revels in his attention and sometimes goes to him for strokes. If Tyler ever gets to much he just jumps over the stairgate!
We dont have a cat flap at the moment. In the summer we left a window open for him but he lets me know when he wants to go out and meows loudly enough for me to hear when he wants to come in (although ill often check if hes in the garden especially if it starts raining). He rarely goes out overnight, we dont like to let him out after 11pm just as we're worried he might get into a fight with a fox or badger and come off worse for wear! Hes only been overnight twice (once because he didnt come back in time, once because he ran out just as I opened the door to put the recycling out) and I was worried the entire night!
I dont know if its because we dont have a cat flap or because he has a bell on his collar but as of yet Tigger hasnt brought us any "nasty suprises" as I've heard many cat owners talk about.
We feed him a mixture of wet food and kibble which I put in his bowl in the morning and night. If he runs out he'll meow at me and I'll put more kibble in.
Litterwise he stopped using his tray about a fortnight after we started letting him outside and in the end we got rid of it and hes only ever had 2 accidents which were overnight. He'll usually meow at us in the morning to be let out if we're not up in time for him.
Hes a very loving cat who'll often jump on my lap (especially at inconvinient times). Ive also found him in the middle of the night in our bed asleep! Hes quite a licker (which i always thought was more of a dog thing) and he likes to try and groom people, especially me with my long hair.
As I've met other people with cats I've noticed what different personalities they all have.
I wouldn't say I'm converted as I'd still love a dog one day but for now I love having a pet cat!
So cats. I have had a love for cats ever since I was little, I owned countless items that were cat themed and loved playing with my neighbours cats and whenever it was time to make a wish (candles, shooting star, 1p, 11.11pm etc) it would be 'I wish I had a kitten.' All the wishing eventually paid off and I was given a rescue cat about 6, she was a very moody cat and being so young I didn't understand why she wasn't cute and cuddly like other cats but I loved her and was very sad when she passed away. I can't remember too much about her and obviously my mum did most of the looking after but we now currently have four cats.
(you can skip these next three paragraphs as they just about the cats I own haha)
Dinky and Bruiser being the oldest, we adopted them in 2001 I think and they are about 13/14 years old now! They had a very love/hate type relationship with different personalities but I loved them so much and still do. Being so old they tend to spend all day sitting around and not being interested in anything, Dinky still follows me everywhere and Bruiser still tries to sit on my at the most unhelpful of times and leaves his white fluff everywhere!! I have grown up with them and am going to be gutted when that horrible time comes 
Two years ago my friend down the road had a batch of kittens and was selling them for £30, I dragged my mum down there and it was the most impulsive buy we've ever got, this kitten didn't have a name for a week and he ended up being Alfie. As I had him from a kitten he like my baby (haha) he slept in my room with me, woke me up in the middle of the night and pined when I left the room or left the house. He now two years old and often follows me halfway to the corner shop and waits for me to return. He is the moodiest but loveliest and most beautiful cat ever, he is a very fluffy tabby cat and looks like a miniature Scottish wild cat. He is very attached to use especially since having a nasty kick in the face from some horrible people, he now walks around outside meowing all the time to let us know he's there!
My fourth cat is only a year old now and again I have had her from about 6-7weeks, (I have no idea how I managed to get my mum to cave in and get her!) who I called Peaches, she is the craziest cat of all them and now she sleeps with me in my room as we couldn't trust the other cats with her at night when she was little. She's very affectionate to me and is quite odd as she licks a lot which is more of a dog thing! She was the 'runt' of the litter is very odd looking as she is a mixture of ginger, cream and black but mostly ginger but you wouldn't be able to call her ginger (confusing I know). From the litter she was from I managed to get to my friends to have a kitten too so now we have 'friendship cats' haha.
I think cats make excellent house pets and can get on well with other pets, Peaches and Alfie get on extremely well with my neighbours dog with is a Staffi and Alfie often play fights with him (alarming to see for the first time!). They are very affectionate, cute creatures who seem to know when you are sad and come cheer you up. They also make great hot water bottles! Cats are very set in a routine and don't like change and if there's something wrong like they need a littler tray or food they will definitely tell you so you don't need to have the best memory to have to remember to feed them. I think it is best to own cats from kittens, although they are definitely a lot more work they are a lot of fun and watching them grow up you feel closer to them and they are very loyal. Dinky and Bruiser were 3 when we got them and we have had no problems with them, they hid for a few days at first but got used to us. I know some rescue cats can be difficult to get on with and wouldn't recommend them as much if you are getting them for children.
Cats are fairly easy to look after but it depends on how lenient you are with some of the aspects of looking after them. Our cats are always kept in over night and not let out til we are awake, we do have a catflap but this is locked at night feel safer with them inside. They have very rough set meal times, one in the morning and before bed and once of twice in the middle of the day or just when they all seem to congregate at the food bowls. We used to be able to leave the cat tray a day or two between cleaning but since have four cats it's pretty much a daily routine, although three out four prefer going outside which is a great plus! Going outside gives them enough exploration and exercise that they need but we do have a lot of toys, the two older cats aren't interested anymore and it's mainly Peaches who these are bought for, although they all go crazy for catnip!
Looking after them as kittens is quite difficult, especially if you have more than one, as they require a lot more attention, it is advised to keep them in the same room for the first weeks you have them while introducing them everywhere else for a few hours each time. We never did this as we only live in a flat. It is a lot of fun though, they can play for hour and are just so cute to watch, my mum calls them timewasters! You will more than likely end up with a lot of scratched furniture and curtains as they can't control the pressure of their claws and just love climbing the curtains! If they are going to be outside you need to watch them for the first months then when they start exploring more coax them back by shaking treats and they'll return quick enough. If you have expensive furniture I suggest you keep them locked in one room when you go out.
There are only a few downsides to cats which the upsides heavily outweigh. Number one is hairballs and poos that didn't quite make it the tray, luckily most of our rooms have laminate flooring so it's easy to clear up but still an annoying chore, having four cats means there's often quite a lot of hairballs to find too. Everything you own will grow a layer of cat fur as they moult everywhere, you can hoover and brush as much you like but it will never be entirely gone. Cats will scratch or bite when being annoyed so they are not always the best to have if you have small children as they like to prod and poke them which they do not like. Tics and fleas, keeping up on tablets and drops for these is crucial, I hate tics and my mum has to deal with those and fleas are just awful for both you and the cats as they just bite bite bite!
One of the biggest downsides is that cats like catch little creatures and bring them to you. Thankfully I am not too squeamish and don't mind pinning the cats down and unlocking their jaws to release the poor birds or mice (dead or alive), I have been brought several bleeding or broken winged birds and feel awful as they are still alive but are going to die. I've been brought birds that have been let loose around the house which can be annoying and often find the leftovers of birds feet and beaks left around the house too. If you are lucky, your cat will go and eat it somewhere else but we have cats who like to show off and give to us their mousey and birdy findings. I do feel like a hero when I save one and get to set it free. I don't think you can really tell a cat off for doing this as it is in their nature and they often just want to give you a present. So if you can't handle little creatures (dead or alive) I definitely don't recommend a cat unless it will be a housecat!
I definitely recommend cats as a pet and I'm sooo not biased with my love of cats (hmm haha), although I do often see myself ending up as the crazy cat woman from the Simpsons or ending up on the Confessions of an Animal Hoarder programme... but hopefully not. I do love dogs aswell but I think they require more of an effort to look after as they need walking everyday (I walk my neighbours though haha) and are more needy. Cats offer a different type of comfort and much amusement from their crazy playful moments or the weird positions they sleep in.
I have had a cat now for about 6 years. He is named 'Arnold' and he is the little fellow in my profile picture.
The reason we got him was mainly down to my wife, who had never had a pet cat before, and we had just moved in together, and she wanted a bit of company in evenings, and early mornings when I work my various assortment of shifts.
She saw Arnold advertised in the local paper, as part of a litter of 5 little male kittens. They had all been litter trained, and were each for sale £30, and oh boy it was without a shadow of a doubt the best £30 that I have ever spent!
I clearly remember when we went to buy him and it was really sad to have to take him away from his mum and dad, and little brothers, but hopefully he was that young that he soon forgot about it, and we have done our best to give him a very good life.
We took him home in a little cardboard box, and stopped at our local pets at home store to buy him a couple of food bowls, a litter tray, litter, some kitten food, and a little basket to sleep in. When we got him home he went on a proper little rampage around the ground floor in our house, galloping about sniffing at everywhere, and spent a few minutes trying to climb up the bottom step of our stairs but failed as he was too small. He then suddenly collapsed in a heap on the carpet, and went to sleep, suddenly waking up, and dashing for his litter tray to go to the toilet.
Over the years we have had him, he has had quite a few adventures, he got his little pink feet covered in green masonry paint in our back garden, he jumped out of the top window of our house (luckily without hurting himself!), he got stuck up a tree, locked inside a neighbours garage when they went on holiday (we had to get a locksmith in to get him out), and has been spotted in several of our neighbours front windows, after sneaking in their houses when they were not looking.
As my wife and I don't have children, we tend to treat little Arnold as though he is a real person, and he is certainly part of the family. We spoil him rotten, and prioritize and plan our days so that we don't leave him on his own for too long.
At night he curls up on our bed between my wife and I and purrs loudly as we all drift off to sleep. He often wakes us up in the morning, especially on a summer's day when he can hear the birds singing outside, but we don't mind one bit.
I honestly dread the day that anything bad happens to him, although I know that it is inevitable. He provides us with so much love and fun, and is such a lovely little cat, always sociable when we have visitors, and when either of us are on our own in the house, he follows us around, always happy to jump on our laps, and have a nap whilst we watch TV.
For anyone thinking of having a cat as a pet I would highly recommend it. They are lovely creatures, and look after themselves very well, just looking for someone to feed them, and let them in and out of the house. Vets bills are relatively low, as is the cost of food, and treats, and most of the toys that we buy him are just a few pounds each - although a rolled up ball of paper will keep him far more amused than any other toy that he has got.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2012
I was born into a household of cats, there has never been a moment in my life where there wasn't a cat in my house. Therefore, over the years I've just got used to their company and I love them as a pet. Two years ago, my 14 year old cat Billy tragically died in the summer, he had a heart attack but luckily it was in his sleep so it was a peaceful death. This is considered quite young for a cat to die as they normally reach the age of around 20, of course depending on what breed it is.
Anyway, we already had another cat called Susie who we still have now, however she got quite lonely and we missed having more than one cat around. About a year ago, we finally decided to get a new cat which I found very exiting because I adore kittens. We originally planned on just getting one, however when we were looking at buying them, we went to a rescue home and saw two black cats who were brother and sister. At first, we weren't sure about getting them because we thought two might be a bit of a handful when they're kittens, but we just couldn't resist their adorable little faces!
We named them Slinky (girl) and Pickle (boy), and took them to the vets for their injections. The vet then told us that Slinky was infact a boy so we had two boy kittens! We found this quite hilarious because, well come on, who doesn't now the gender of their own cat? But to our surprise when they went back for their second injections they went on to tell us that Pickle was a girl! It was all quite mad, but not as mad as keeping the kittens themselves.
You are supposed to keep them in one room when they are really young so we made a little home for them in the dining room of our house, they were mental - they would climb the curtains and howl at the window - and the litter tray really stunk!
However, a year on from then they have calmed down a lot and their favourite thing to do appears to be sleeping on my bed!
cats - gotta love 'em.
I am the proud owner, or should I say servant to My 18 month old cat bella and her 6 month old kitten Ana. When someone told me dogs have owners and cats have masters, they weren't kidding.
However, being in servitude to my cats is a small price to pay for the comedy they provide and the love and affection they show.
For instance, is it just me or does anyone else have a cat that thinks it's a dog?
I am a pretty new mum of furbabies, so maybe what I am calling an identity crisis is actually normal behaviour. Bella when she was in her tender months was nothing like her kitten Ana. I also grew up surrounded by cats ( all types of animals actually) and can't recall having a cat that chased thrown balls( yes you heard me right) and brought them back to me to throw again, and again and again.
Ana is definitely a character and by the way she climbs my curtains, she clearly fancies herself as a monkey too!
I grew up without any pets and never really had a preference for cats or dogs, which are some of the most common household pets.
It was only upon one flatshare where I discovered how much I liked cats and what amazing animals they are.
I now have 2 cats of my own, both boys, one is 2 years old, a large black and white fluffy cat (Elmo) and the other is a 1 year old stripey cat who is rather small (Womble).
I always used to think cats were just cats and never really noticed that each had their own special personality. It is fascinating to see how they behave and interact. I was concerned upon getting a second that they would not get along, but they seem to be the best of friends. Elmo has taken on the parent role and still tries to clean Womble, which I find sweet, but Womble probably finds quite annoying now he has grown up.
Elmo is unlike most cats I have met, he is almost more human like. He sits up like a person would, with his back up straight and his legs out, he runs to the door when I come in and puts his arms up for a cuddle. It's amazing how you can have such strong feelings for a different species, and how they just fit in with your life. They really do make a difference to your life.
When Womble arrived, it was a bit of a tricky start for him, he was rather young and had to be bottle fed, which was tiring but thankfully he has grown into a regular cat, albeit small.
I find it fascinating how excited they can get over little things, like a screwed up piece of paper or a ribbon. I love to see their little smile and when they curl up into a little ball, it is the cutest thing ever.
Cats are very affectionate animals, however they are not always percieved as being this way, which I think is a shame.
I've always lived with cats. My earliest memory of them is that of our old (and long-gone) black and white male cat, Whisky, who fathered umpteen kittens and had half an ear missing from fighting. For me, they are the perfect pet, fairly easy to care for, though very independant and demanding at times.
We have two cats, a tabby female called Delilah and a half Russian Blue (who is actually black) called Lucifer. Lucifer lives up to his name and is a total demon at times, though we love him! Delilah is our couch-potato!
Cats need several things in their lives...love, a warm bed and a full belly! Give them that and they will love you back unconditionally!
There are a few extras you might need to know about owning a cat...so here goes...
When you first decided to get a kitten do make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for. Owning a cat is a long-term committment. Cats live on average about 13 years, though my mum had one that went on to 17 years and I have heard of much older cats, so you have to be prepared for them to be in your life for a long time!
Do not get a kitten that is any younger than about 12 weeks old. Some people reckon 8 weeks is a good time to take them away from their mothers, but they are really not ready to leave till 12 weeks in my opinion. When you first see the kitten check it all over to see whether there are any potential health problems. Runny noses and mucous in eyes could suggest something more serious, so if the kitten portrays anything like this, either ask to get a vet to check it out or avoid buying. Also check that the fur is clear of any parasites such as fleas and that the kitten has been wormed. Ask also whether it has been vaccinated against feline enteritis and cat aids. These are nasty diseases that are fatal. Another disease you may want to vaccinate against is Feline Viral Leukaemia. I had a cat once that got this disease and it is absolutely horrible, not to mention deadly. At the time not much was known about it, but there is an effective vaccination now and I strongly advise having your cat immunised. If the kitten has not been vaccinated, and you decide to buy it, do get this sorted out with your own vet and do not let the kitten outside until it has been done.
Pet insurance is really a MUST, so look round at all the deals that are on offer and take a policy out. From experience, I can tell you that vet bills can be huge! Our Lucifer cost us about £600 in the first year of his life, just from stupid things like cat scratches (he likes to fight) that lead to infections. Without insurance we would have had to have him put down because we just would not have been able to afford the treatment.
Cats breed fairly easily, so one important thing you need to do is get your cats speyed or neutered at about 5 months old. This is costly, but absolutely necessary. There are too many stray and feral cats as it is, without adding to the problem. Also, it helps to stop male cats from spraying furniture with urine. They do this to mark their territory and it stinks!
As to equipment you'll need, one of the first things you should buy is a good litter tray. Cats are naturally very clean animals and will soon learn where the tray is and use it without any fuss. It goes without saying that trays need to be emptied regulary and washed every day. There are many different litters on the market. We use Tesco Value litter for our cats and are happy with it.
Cats are pretty easy to feed, though if ours are anything to go by, they can be quite fussy eaters at times! Choose a kitten food for them till they are old enough to go onto adult food and feed about 4 times a day when they are small, reducing that to 3 or 2 times a day when they are older. It is up to the individual to decide what sort of food to feed. There are plenty of wet and dry foods on the market and I suggest you try a few to start with to see what your cat prefers then stick with that. If you only feed dry food it is very important that cats have plenty of water to drink as they can get blockages in their bowel. My brother's cat had that and almost died and the vet said eating only dry food with not enough water was mostly likely the cause! If a food gives your cat tummy problems, stop using it and try something else. We have found that some of the wet foods in gravy can cause an upset tum, so we tend to stick to the ones in jelly.
Grooming is very important, particularly with long-haired cats. Most love it and if you have a soft brush, they will roll over and purr like mad. That said, our Lucifer HATES being brushed and bites and scratches, but he does have a few behavioural problems to start with! We try to groom both our cats every day. Delilah adores this and rolls onto her back for us to brush her tummy!
If you do have a cat that presents behavioural problems it is well worth discussing it with your vet. Our vet came up with some basic animal psychology to try with Lucifer when he kept attacking Delilah and it really has worked. Giving him his food first, in his own bowl away from Delilah, stroking him before stroking Delilah, separate cat beds and separate litter trays have all helped him to behave better. He knows he is Top-Cat, and so does Delilah. He still has lapses, though not as bad. There are products on the market that you can buy that help calm hyperactive cats, though we haven't yet had to resort to those!
Sleeping arrangements for cats is easy....you can get lovely comfy cat beds, but the cats will most likely ignore those and sleep where they damn-well like! Follow a cat and you will always find the warmest place! It's up to you whether you allow them on your furniture, but take it from me, once you get a cat, THEY own YOU and will do whatever they like and sleep wherever they want!
Scratch posts will train your kitten not to scratch the furniture, and if they do a squirt of water from a spray-gun will soon teach them that scratching the sofa is not acceptable. Never EVER smack a cat for being naughty! Get you kittens plenty of toys to play with too....they will love them and soon you'll know which are their favourites. Our cats are 4 years old now and still love to play!
It is up to you whether you allow your cat outside. Personally, I think to keep a cat indoors all the time is a bit cruel. They are natural hunters and like to roam. They will always come home to you if they know they will get food and a warm bed! If you live near a main road and want an outdoor cat, I would advise against getting one. You could have one if you keep it indoors, but really think hard about this, particularly if you are out at work all day. I personally don't think cats should be indoors all the time!
As long as you give cats the things they need they will love you forever, totally unconditionally. I can't imagine what our lives would be like without Delilah and Lucifer! They drive us mad, cost us a lot of money to keep (particularly Lucifer!) and are the most wonderful friends we could have!
Cats Rule! (Us!)
When I was younger I always wanted a dog, always a dog, never a cat. The dog just seems so much more masculine to me, and as I'm male, for some reason a dog is more appealing as a pet than a cat. However, two Januarys ago we decided to take a kitten home from my cousin's cat's litter, she's a small little thing, mostly black but with a small tuft of white fur on her lower neck. My little brother named her Coco, however she's midnight black without any brown on her, so the name's kind of flawed to be honest.
I quickly found that I was her favourite person in the family, she'd sleep on my lap for ages most days for a few weeks, but as she started to reaise my mum was the one who fed her, she became more close to her. But she still seems to be attached to me, she comes to me whenever she wants to play - becasue she knows I'll give her a good scrap, and also when she's tired or hiding she comes to my bedroom either to sleep on the end of my bed or hide in the corner or under my bed. She does some weird thinigs too though, she sits in the bathroom, next to the bath for hours, and I mean hours! She follows the cursor round a computer screen and last ngiht she actually seemed to be watching television. She's a hunter, she's only small, and she's only just come out of her kitten stage, but she's so quick and vicous when she's outside! (and in the kitchen when she wants food)
I love having a cat, and I honestly think she'd give any dog a run for it's money if she was to have a fight with one. Me and my friend often joke about letting them fight and he agrees she'd win. Another of my friends is actually scared of her because she bites him so much, and another thinks she's hilarious, she tries to climb and cupboards and all sorts.
We feed her Asda's own brand, Morrisons' own brrand and Whiskas meat cat food, and some other cat biscuit. She seems to like all three brands and doesn't mind the changes in quality and quantity. We've begun feeding her when she asks (not verbally of course) rather than setting it out morning and night, we set it out in the morning, and when I get in in the afternoon, if she's round my feed I see if she wants food, and if she does then I feed her, if not I wait until she's hungry.
She hardly even meows but she purs all the time, she's a happy cat! :)
I'd still like a dog though! They're more obedient and less independent in my opinion, I'd like to take my pet on walks and play with it and feel as if it can understand and react to me, and with a cat I don't feel like it understands me as much as a dog would.
I never wanted a cat when I was growing up, it was always a dog I wanted. And when I moved out, I got my dog, I got my rabbits then last summer whilst browsing teh RSPCA I couldnt resist the kittens. So off I went and adopted one of those too.
I thought, as per I had been told, that cats were independent creatures. Who unlike your loyal faithful dog, ate and ran and would only stay faithful to you until something better came along. For mine, it couldnt be more wrong. Oscar never leaves me alone. Even from a kitten he wanted to be on me or near me. He would jump on me, claw his way up my leg to sit on my knee, jump to my shoulder to see what I was seeing / eating. Even now he sleeps curled up on my bed under my duvet.
With a dog, yes you do get a little more devotion and yes they do "do more" as in tricks etc, but in exchange for that you have to feed, walk, feed, walk, feed, walk, scoop poop, teach it things, basic obedience, then theres the training etc. With a cat, or with my cat to be specific I feed him, and make sure he has water.......and thats it. He poops in a tray which I empty so no messy embarrasing scooping etc. And in exchange I do get his love.
With the exception of food there is very little expenditure with a cat. As with all animals they require vaccinations and neuturing. For cats I would say, especially outdoor cats neuturing is especially important, to me there would be nothing worse than an accidental litter, especially when there are so many in rescues on daily basis.
Overall, I was pleasantly suprised by Oscar my baby tabby, so much so, that I now have adopted Mishka a lovely blck and white kitten, who is every bit as loving as Oscar.
I have always liked cats, but coming from a cat disliking family, it took me a while to get some cats of my own, well really, my cats adopted me! It started with stray cats in my garden that I tamed that are now very friendly affectionate cats and I also adopted and rehomed another few from the spca and also local vets. In general, cats make great pets, especially for people who may not have the time to devote to looking after a dog, but also in their own right. They are very easy to look after, and undemanding. all they want is fresh food and water, somewhere cosy to sleep, and most importantly, attention from their owner. They also normally enjoy the company of other cats and can form very close bonds with each other, especially relatives/siblings. they don't take much time to look after and naturally spend a lot of their time sleeping so they are also good pets for people who may work long hours. Ideally though cats will be kept in pairs so they will have company and someone to play with while their owners are at work. Cats are generally hardy animals and once vaccinated aren't susceptible to many diseases. Ideally they should be vaccinated against FeLV (feline leukaemia virus) and cat 'flu, although if a cat gets a simple case of rhinitis (like a cold) it is usually easily cleared up with a short course of antibiotics. all cats should be neutered/spayed as unfortunatly as well as the many well loved pet cats, there are thousands of stray and feral cats who have nobody to care for them because of indiscriminate breeding. cats should also be wormed regularly.
To sum it up, home is where the cat is! I wouldn't be without a few cats around the house anyway. (they also keep the local rodent population at bay! Even if they aren't very good hunters, the rodents don't know that!)
For as long as I can remember my family have had cats as pets, with a short period of time between each pet sadly passing away or running away in one of the cases! I got my first kitten when I was just turning three years old and being so young I don't really remember much about him but there are several pictures of me and Jess (as I named him even though he was a male cat but at the time I was a big fan of Postman Pat so my mum tells me!!!) together so it seems we were great friends! My second cat Tipsey was a stray that we took in off the street, and named her Tipsey as she always walked like she was drunk! This was the cat that ran away, or so we think. My third cat was Wally who we had from being eight weeks old until he had to be put to sleep when he was fifteen.
When I lost Wally, I didn't think that I would be able to ever have another pet as it just broke my heart losing him, and it didn't help that only months before I had lost my beloved Border Collie too. However, I have finally got over my losses (to some degree) and have just added a kitten to our little family! My daughter will be three at Christmas so I thought she was at a good age to have her first pet and someone I knew was selling the most gorgeous grey female kitten and after seeing a picture of her I knew that she was to be our new baby who we have named Cleo.
Caring for a kitten is a whole new experience for me, as with all my other cats my mum was the one who really ended up with all the work (as us mums do!) so I was very nervous about the new kitten arriving, and wondered how I would cope with her.
Cleo is mental! Pure and simple she is crazy as I know all kittens are. She will spend a good hour playing and flying round the house and then she will sleep for a couple of hours - its like having a baby and tiring them out then they need a sleep! Cleo is now just eight weeks old, and I do wonder if maybe she was taken from her mum a little bit too soon but the lady I bought her from was going on holiday so she had to sell the kittens slightly earlier than normal. I say this as sometimes she will nestle down in her bed with a fleecy blanket just like she would with her mum, and at times she has a real nasty do and will bite and scratch (I am currently have a burst lip and long scratch down my face!!). Other times she is the most affectionate little kitten and will just curl up and purr on me and then fall asleep.
Kittens need an awful lot of attention, vets recommendation is that you play with a new kitten at least every two hours so they aren't feeling neglected and this can cause behavioural problems. This is something that bothers me as I work very long hours so my mum is calling down to play with her while I am working.
When getting your new kitten it is very important that you find out the type of food they have been eating, as if you change the food straight away there is a strong chance they will get a very upset tummy and that won't be pleasant for either of you!! The food that Cleo was on previously was Tesco's kitten food, now could I find a Tesco store that stocked it??? Not a chance, and I went to eight different stores in total so all I had was four pouches that came with her so I didn't have the full five days recommended to wean her off them and onto a new product. Luckily there was no issues for us with her tummy but she was giving off some pretty strong smells at times!!
Feeding your kitten: I think that the guidelines on the boxes of kitten food is quite extreme as they say to feed your kitten up to four pouches a day which I personally feel is way too much for their little tummies and we have found that one pouch mixed with a little dried food (split into two meals) is quite sufficient. There are so many different kitten foods - wet pouches, trays, tins, dried complete foods which can be mixed with wet food or just given alone. Fresh drinking water must always be available for any kitten/cat!! That is very important. You shouldn't give your kitten or cat milk as it is bad for them but there is special cat and kitten milk available from many supermarkets.
Cats and kittens are very clean animals and if like me, you decide to have an indoor cat a litter tray must be provided. Like food, there is a large range of cat litter available and so far I have found that Tesco cat litter has been fine, it leaves no smells at all and is only £2.89 per bag. I clean out Cleo's litter tray every couple of days, which is possibly too much but I am paranoid about smells and worry that my daughter may go near the tray so I always want it to be clean.
One thing I hadn't really considered was the jealousy my daughter would feel about having a new kitten. At first she was very jealous and got upset whenever Cleo touched anything of hers, and if I was playing with one of Cleo's toys with her she would take it off her but this soon passed and now she loves her. Sometimes we still have tears if Cleo runs at my daughter as this does frighten her a little bit, and when she does that she will ask if we can send her back to the lady's house - thankfully that doesn't last long!
Toys are a good thing to have for any cat, this will stimulate them and also hopefully stop them from spoiling any of your furniture!! One of the best things Ithink you can have is a scratching post as this should protect your settee from those little claws! By scratching on a scratch post the cat will keep their claws under control and also have great fun. Cleo will climb her post and sit at the top looking like a little King Kong!!
Worming and fleaing your kitten/cat is very important and you can buy worming tablets and flea treatment from the Vet or from large pet stores such as Pets at Home which is where I tend to buy those things. Your kitten can be wormed from about six weeks and I really think it is important as it can make them poorly if you don't. The symptoms of worms are loss of appetite, poor coat condition, pot belly, weight loss, upset tummy, anemia and continual licking of the bottom area. Cats should be wormed every three months from the age of four months.
It is recommended that you have your kitten microchipped which is mainly for if they get lost so a vet can immediately identify the owner from a quick scan with a chip machine. This can cost up to £14.99 but is usually around the £10 mark I have noticed. I plan to get Cleo chipped as soon as she is big enough. Another recommendation is that you get your cat spayed/neutered as soon as they are old enough and that is usually from about six months. The reasons for this being the obvious - no surprise baby kittens!!! I don't plan to let Cleo out at all but I will still get her done as it can calm her behaviour and stop the local Tom cats crying at my front door!
Pet insurance is something I would recommend to any pet owner. When I had my Border Collie he was diagnosed with epilepsy, luckily he was insured so it saved me hundreds and hundreds of pounds. I have made some enquiries and it seems to cost around £4.00 or £5.00 to insure a kitten so I would say go for it, while we don't want anything to happen to our pets it could save a lot of money in the long run!!
So, why get a cat? Cats are very affectionate animals but at the same time they are massivley independent and at times will just simply ignore you! I have always found that they will come to you when they want some attention and just chill out and sleep at other times. One of my reasons for wanting a cat was that I was sometimes lonely at night once my little girl had gone to bed and so I felt a cat would be some company and that is what I have got even though at the moment it is constant playtime!
Am I going to turn into one of those cat ladies we hear about?? Possibly lol. Even though we have only had Cleo for two weeks we already love her to bits and she is part of the family - my daughter even wants to take her shopping at times!
This has turned into a massive review, so if you have reached the end WELL DONE! (and I apologise for rabbitting on for so long). Of course I am going to give my favourite animal a full five out of five stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)