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Cats in General
Member Name: kissandmakeup
Cats in General
Advantages: Loving pets who don't need taking out for walks! Lots of fun!
Disadvantages: Can scratch your furniture, can be costly
I have had cats all my life and honestly don't think I could cope without them!
All of mine have been just normal domestic cats, many of them were strays I have taken in, but I do know friends with pedigree cats who are also lovely.
A lot of people don't like cats, I'm suspecting that most people are either a dog person or a cat person (I myself am both but unfortunately don't have time for a dog and I do prefer cats anyway). Either that or cats are just misunderstood.
A cat isn't an ignorant creature but a very independant one. They don't always come when they are called - though mine do most of the time - as they are happy to spend time chilling on their own, they don't tend to crave as much attention as a dog. Saying that, my youngest one is somewhat like a toddler, always mewing for my attention!
They also don't always bit and scratch, if you have a cat from a kitten and look after it properly most grow up to be very loving.
I'll tell you a little about my two cats...... Pepsi is a black cat who is almost 9 years old, I found her one evening in my garden shed when she can have been no older than about 10 weeks old and have no idea where she came from. I asked round everyone in the neighbourhood and looked out for signs in pet shops etc but no-one claimed her and so she stayed (much to my delight!). She is a lovely, quiet, timid cat who does malt quite a bit (making a mess of my cream sofa with her black fur!) and who doesn't like being picked up - though she likes to be stroked and be sat near you. Jaxon is the stripey little fellow shown in my profile photo, he is 3 years old and a bundle of mischieviousness (much to Pepsi's despair!). I got him from a cat rescue centre in Haworth (which is a lovely place that I must review soon!) when he was 12 weeks old. He is the noisiest cat I've ever had, mewing morning noon and night and he does act very spoilt - which can only be my own fault! They are both adorable and I always challenge anyone who says they don't like cats to spend some time with mine and still say the same. My boyfriend didn't like cats until he met me a year ago and now he loves my two almost as much as I do, he says he misses them if he doesn't see them for a week or so!
They provide me with endless joy, they really are so amusing with their own little personalities and quirks and funny habits!
They share a litter tray and they are fine with this, though I have found in the past when I have had 3 cats that 3 sharing one tray doesn't work so well. Cats are very easy to litter train - nothing like house-training a puppy - it just comes naturally to them, though on ocassion mine have had the odd accident - like when my youngest one went through a phase of weeing in the bottom of the shower! But this is to be expected with any pet really.
My oldest cat no longer wishes to go out much, she'll just potter about in the yard for 5 minutes here and there but my younger one likes to be out - he never stays out too long though which means me letting him in and out a few times a day and for this a cat flap would be ideal. I can't put one in as my house is rented but it's worth considering if you can.
They are not particularly cheap to keep I wouldn't say, I spend around £10 a week on food and £4 a week on litter but vets bills can be very costly as can getting your cat vaccinated, treating them for fleas, worms etc and cattery bills are sky high (it cost me £100 for my two for a week last October). So this is not the ideal pet if you feel you couldn't meet those costs.
However, if you can and you want a loving companion with the bonus of not having to take them out for walks then a cat is for you!
Summary: A great companion so long as you are happy with the pros and cons
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