The cat, more than any other animal, is man’s closest personal companion in certain ways.
It is associated with indoor life and the happy household hearth more than any other animal.
Its self-sufficiency and elegant, silent motions. Its elegance of shape, beauty of coloration, daintiness of habit, and, most importantly, the joyful, lively activity of its young make it a welcome fireside companion across the civilized world, as well as the playmate of innocent children in countless happy families.
Cat owners are divided into two groups: those who can handle their cats and those who cannot.
The first session consists of people who have a natural talent to handle cats as well as those who want to learn and have the patience to do so.
The second class consists of people who just believe that they “can’t do anything” with their cats, including appropriate feeding, training, and medication administration.
When you buy a cat, you’ll have to consider the expenditures. You’ll obviously need food, but you’ll also need to budget for vet bills.
You’ll also require litter, which can get pretty pricey over time. A litter box, food dish, and water dish are all required for your cat.
You should also get some toys, such as a scratching post, cat toys, a pet carrier, and a bed for your pet.
You might also consider purchasing an ID collar for your cat in case it ever goes missing.
The age of your pet will have a big impact on what he eats. For the day, older cats require two little meals or one large meal.
Kittens, on the other hand, require many feedings every day until they are about 12 weeks old.
Cats between the ages of three and six months must be fed three times each day. Cats can be fed canned food, but any food that has been left out for more than 30 minutes must be discarded.
Canned food may quickly add up in price, and you should always keep in mind that part of it may need to be discarded when you buy it.
Cats prefer canned food, despite the fact that it does not provide the same dental advantages as dry food.
Some brag about their incapacity to control their cats, while others blame it entirely on their animals.
Some claim that they are unable to change unwanted characteristics in their cats “because cats are obstinate.”
Cats are not obstinate; they are creatures of habit, which is great because it allows us to educate them to be excellent house pets.
When changing a habit, it must be done logically and in a way that a cat can comprehend.
Those that correctly teach their cats are able to provide better homes for them since there is never a reason to be upset with them.
A pampered cat who is then punished for misbehavior is a cat to be pitied. The person who truly loves her cat is the one who cares enough about him to do what is best for him in all circumstances.
Cat-Friendly Housing Cats are sensitive and high-strung creatures who thrive in calm houses with few humans.
People who are really nervous make their cats uneasy. Cats do not fit well as pets in noisy and bustling houses with pounding doors or youngsters running in and out.
The owner of one or two cats, whether they are queens or neuters, is not faced with the problem of adequate housing; nevertheless, if you find yourself with two or more males and numerous queens, it becomes important to provide them with proper living quarters.
The structure does not need to be complex, but it should have a southern exposure, be elevated above ground, and have plenty of windows, as light and air are vital. Large, spacious accommodations for each guy; do not try to put two males together.
Each room should be at least four by six feet in size, with a wood floor covered with linoleum or another scrubbable covering.
Rough wood floors that are not adequately coated harm the cat’s coat and serve as a breeding ground for flea eggs.
Attach an outside run as large as space allows to each room via a hole made in the wall. I would recommend that this run be roofed because the intense sun wreaks havoc on the color of most long-haired cats.
These outside runs are also preferable if they are carpeted and covered, and if they are protected, they may be utilized all year.
A grass run can be set up in front of the covered run, but only on warm, sunny days, as moisture is deadly to young animals and bothers adult cats.
Each inside room should have a shelf under the window, a chair if possible, and a good box for winter; a heavy box with a six-inch-wide strip nailed on the bottom of the front to hold the bedding in place, which should consist of a good soft pillow or pad; in fact, in extremely cold weather.
I use feather cushions and woollen blankets; curtains tacked on the front of the box with an arrow.
These boxes may be changed in the summer with open baskets and a light pad.
Each chamber should also have a large granite pan that is partially filled with sand or sawdust. Sawdust is my preferred material since it does not retain moisture as long as sand and is flea-free.
If you have two or more queens who will dwell together (most of them prefer companionship), screen off a wide section where they may be together when partitioning your cattery structure.
If you intend to raise your babies in the cattery, a separate extra-large room must be set up where the mother cat and her kittens may be cared for.
Many people believe that cats do not need heat in their homes, but our winter exhibitions have demonstrated that the best-coated cats have been housed in heated catteries with outside runs for exercise.
A cat may tolerate chilly temperatures in moderation, but he or she must have a warm, comfortable spot to sit when not active.
Cats should only be cared for by those who adore or sympathize with them.
A cat’s training should be agreed upon by all members of a family; if one person follows all the rules while others disobey them, the unfortunate cat will never be fully trained, a satisfied pet, or a happy individual.
Cats who are cared for by servants usually perform poorly.
In some situations, the servants are unable to grasp and follow out instructions; in others, they are thoughtless. (It takes exceptional judgment to arrange a cat’s food and training and then monitor the outcomes; this is not something that can be delegated to paid staff.) Cats are disliked and even mistreated by certain slaves.
No one who dislikes cats should be working in the family; if such a person is there just briefly, the cat should be kept in a separate room.
No cat should be kept in a household where someone dislikes cats; they are unhappy, confused, and insecure in the environment produced by those who despise them.
Cats living in poor conditions may become nervous, wild, ill-adjusted, excitable, prone to making sudden and unexpected leaps and overturning or breaking things; they may suffer from nervous indigestion; they may cry excessively, scratch their claws in all the wrong places, and misbehave with their sanitary trays.
Anger and irritation with them add to the uncertainty and exacerbate the situation.
A cat must be happy, healthy, and well-trained in order to be a good pet.
All cats have the potential to be wonderful pets; if they are not, it is the fault of the person or people with whom they have lived; it is never the cat’s fault.
Cats cannot be kept or trained to be good pets just by love and good intentions; it takes knowledge, experience, and smart judgment.
A cat’s existence as a whole must be adequately handled if he is to mature correctly and become the ideal pet he was designed to be.
This issue cannot be stressed enough. It is not enough to feed a cat well while ignoring him or treating him indifferently; a cat must feel cherished and appreciated. He can’t be duped on this; he knows.
And lavishing attention on a cat is insufficient if he is entirely spoiled by improper food or a lack of discipline and training; he becomes sick, bad-tempered, or a nuisance.
A cat owner must not fail her cat in any of the four essentials: love, understanding, adequate care, and proper discipline; if she does, the cat suffers, and his entire life may be wrecked.
The world treats a cat well if he is lovely and a satisfying pet; whether he is depends on the individuals with whom fate has determined he must live.