Many times dog owners feel that they want to get a companion for their dog and will seriously think about bringing a cat or kitten into the home to do this. While often this works out well there are some steps that must be taken to make sure that they are going to get along with each other.
In order to be successful at this you are already aware of your dogs characteristics but you need to have some understanding of the different breeds of cats and what their characteristics are. Some cats are more sociable and will get along with the family dog much easier than others. Also the age of the cat is going to be important. It may be much easier to introduce a kitten into the home with the dog as opposed to to a growing cat that has never been around a dog before.
When making the introductions it has to be done slowly as cats are considered to be very territorial. It takes some time for them to warm up to both humans as well as other pets and in order to prevent a unfortunate situation the introductions have to be done a little at a time. They certainly should not be left alone together until one is completely assured that these two pets have made friends with each other.
Make sure for the first few days that you give each of these pets their own space so that they can get away from each other when they choose to do so. The cat has the advantage of being able to climb furniture much easier then the dog does, however the cat that is trying to escape from the dog can excite the canine and a chase can occur.
Once you have decided to bring a feline into your home your next decision is going to be whether it should be a cat or kitten. While the tendency is usually to go for a kitten because these little balls of fur are so hard to to resist, there are many advantages to buying a full grown cat.
Something that has to be remembered when buying a kitten is that there is a a lot of extra work the comes with them and they can be quite mischievous through their growing stages. Where as with a cat that has already matured even though they are still sociable and love to play they don’t tend to get into quite as much trouble as what the kittens to.
Kittens need a lot more supervision and for the family that has a busy lifestyle and is gone throughout the day it can be difficult to meet the needs that they have. A full grown kitten cat will quite often fit into the home quickly with a minimal amount of supervision needed. Either way you will enjoy your choice as felines make great pets.
Most cat owners especially those that have been dog owners as well will tell you that owning a cat requires a lot less care compared to the canines. However there is still a certain amount of responsibility that comes with cat ownership even though these little feline friends are known to be relatively independent.
One of the most important aspect when it comes to basic cat care is ensuring that the health of the cat is maintained at all times through the different stages of their life. This requires them to see the veterinarian as needed for regular checkups and to ensure that they are d-wormed properly and receive all of the necessary vaccinations.
At-home care is of course proper feeding and making sure that they have water at all times and in addition to this most cats require some form of grooming. This will depend on whether they are long-haired or short haired but they need to be brushed and inspected to ensure that they do not have fleas or tics. Cats tend to end up with matted hair easily and this is why grooming is so important. They also require socialization which means playing with the cat.
If you it is decided on buying a cat there is no doubt that you have made a great decision in regards to having a pet. What you may also be considering is whether you should get one cat or two. Many individuals that have become cat owners feel that having a second cat provides companionship for the other.
While this may be true it is important that the cats are compatible with each other. Often what can happen is that a owner of an adult cat decides to bring a kitten into the home, and even though they are of both feline families that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to be compatible with each other.
Adult cats can become territorial very quickly and don’t take kindly to other cats or kittens infringing on their territory. If you decide that you are getting a cat and most likely a kitten, then if you are thinking of a second one you may want to get it at the same time so that they can grow up and get to know each other. Make sure that you introduce each other slowly and with caution.