Cats can live up to 15 and even 20+ years, it is important to consider if you are able to care for the cat, financially and emotionally, during its entire lifetime. Take in account for everyone, including other pets, in your household and how they will be affected with a new addition to the family. Consider the responsibilities when choosing to adopt between a kitten and an adult. Although kittens are irresistibly cute, you should factor in whether you are ready to uptake the additional responsibilities that comes with kittens. Adult and senior cats often get overlooked. This should not be the case as their personalities are already established!
- Kittens are 12 months or less of age.
- Kittens have a series of vaccines and other required medications.
- Kittens are playful and VERY active; they do best in active/stimulating environments. They need at LEAST 2 hours of playtime each day. Kittens need get about 16-20 hours of sleep each day.
- If you do not have the time to play with your kitten, your kitten will find things to play with (i.e. curtains, climbing on furniture, wires)
- Kittens need to be trained to scratch in appropriate places, i.e. a scratching post, in addition you must properly correct your kitten as soon as you see them scratching on any furniture. Consider if you have the time and patience to train your cat.
- If you do not correct your kitten’s behavior when they are small, the behavior will become worse as an adult. Properly correction can be accomplished by saying no in a firm tone, making a loud distracting noise, using a squirt bottle with water.
- Nail trimming must be done 1-2 times per month, if you acclimate your kitten to this activity while they are young, they will not be fearful of having their nails trimmed, and will be better behaved during nail trims when they get older.
- Adults are not as active as kittens and they usually make great lap cats. Adult cats sleep about 16 hours a day. Although, this is not to say that adult cats should be ignored. They should be stimulated and be played with daily.
- Adults tend to be more independent and do better in a calm and mellow environment.
- Adults are more difficult for shelters and facilities to adopt because 99% of potential adopters over look adult cats.
- Adults are great companions because most have already lived in a household and would appreciate a family more.
- Adults have their personality established. You will know if they are good with other cats, children, dominant, nosey, social, or mellow.
- Litter Box & Litter: 1 for each cat per home. A litter box with a hood is recommended.
- Cat Carrier: Hard, plastic cage with a metal front door is recommended to be the most safe and durable.
- Food & Water Dishes: Ceramic or metal bowls are the best sanitary-wise.
- Bedding: Blanket or a Small Bed.
- Toys & Catnip
- Scratching Posts, Cat Trees, or Emery Boards
- Nail Trimmers & Cat Brush
- Identification: Microchip or safety break away collars made for CATS ONLY.
Cat-Proof Your Home
It is very important to spend time cat-proofing your home to keep your loved one safe and away from trips to the emergency room.
Keep anything on this list away from your cats at all cost. The following list is including but not limited to other toxins to cats. Check with your veterinarian with any questionable toxins.
- Foods: Chocolate, caffeine, grapes/raisins, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, and onion/garlic.
- ‘Plants: Poinsettias, Easter lilies, eucalyptus, and other house plants.
- Drugs/Supplements: Acetaminophen(Tylenol), Amphetamine, Antihistamines & Decongestants (Allergy Medications), Aspirin, Iron, Marijuana, Anti-inflammatory Drugs (Ibuprofen), Anti-depressants, and Zinc.
- Household Items: Antifreeze, bleach, citrus oils, detergents, kerosene/gasoline, moth balls, and pine oils.
- Keep wires and electrical cords away and hidden. Invest in wire covers that can be found in stores like Home Depot or Wal-Mart.
- Keep glass/ceramic and other delicate treasures away from reach.
- Dispose of strings and other trash where your cat may ingest it and block your cat’s organs.