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Cats in General
Member Name: baby-cakes
Cats in General
Advantages: cute, loving, company
Disadvantages: nothing unless you can count the litter tray duty!
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 :)
Summary: I love my cat!
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