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Top Tips On Adopting Cats

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Adopting a cat is a special occasion and there a number of aspects to think about to make sure you get off on the right paw on your cat caring journey. Regardless of resources or time available, loving your fur companion is the very core of a successful adoption. For many cat owners, their pets are part of the family, no harm or stress would ever come to them in the household under care. Cat caring is not a pastime nor something to try out on a whim, it’s a fulltime commitment that will see lovely bundle of fluff integrate into the household as part of the family.

Time is precious and your cat requires those precious moments of attention. Cats are an emotional and social animal, they are intelligent and will observe the mood of their owner. A clingy cat is not uncommon. While not showing obvious signs of content through tail wagging as a dog would, cats will usually congregate around their owners for some company. Cats may seem to possess an ice cold personality but in reality they are but loving children that seek attention and love. Failing to give your cat ample attention and care can result in depression, nobody wants to make their cat unhappy!


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It’s best to adopt a kitten at the age of 12-13 weeks 

Kittens need enough nutrition intake to grow healthily, they will normally get this from their mother during a nursing period. Kittens enter a“socialization period”during weaning. This is where they will learn the ways of cat society from their mother. Continuously growing, kittens build strength and start to play hunting games with their peers. Socialized cats will learn desirable habits such as how to play, if your cats has a biting problem, they may have missed this social opportunity. It’s best to assess a kitten’s behavior and give as much time needed in the initial social environment before adopting.


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Adopting a stray cat from the street

It’s important to understand the needs of a cat before caring as there may be certain medical requirements that need specific care and attention. Taking a cat for a health check after adoption is essential. Adopting a feral cat is challenging but rewarding task. Taking cats off the street should be done with care and caution. It’s very possible that a stray cat may belong to someone else in the neighborhood. A health check may reveal information about the cat if a microchip is found.

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After screening your new cat with a vet, it’s time to for a full health check up to make sure no nasty illness is lingering within the body. Cats can look healthy, but many unseen infections and parasites may be found in their body. Vets will be able to prescribe necessary treatment to treat any existing conditions and they will also kick start any dietary recommendations if a special diet is to be followed.

Feral cats have lived in harsh conditions outdoors and will be cautious and alert. Their personalities may be initially approachable and some challenges may arise when adapting to a new household environment. Spraying, litter training and a number of other issues can pop up but it’s important to understand that some cats may have suffered a great deal without care. Showering them with an abundance of love, care and protection will eventually yield results and your new kitty will come to enjoy a lifetime of cuddles and playtime together.

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