Being A Responsible Cat Owner
Cats make great pets, and one of the reasons is that they’re great at taking care of themselves in so many ways. Being a responsible cat owner means providing for basic needs and companionship, but also doing your best to keep your cat safe and healthy.
- Prepare Financially: Cats are not expensive pets, but it’s important to know the cost. A reasonable budget for a cat will include food, litter, toys, and regular and emergency vet care.
- Spay or Neuter: Spaying or neutering your pet decreases their risk for certain diseases, increases their life span, and makes them less prone to behavioral issues.
- Provide a Balanced Diet: Cats require a balance of animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins. Make sure your cat’s food meets these needs, and make sure your cat always has access to plenty of fresh water.
- Keep Your Cat Indoors: An indoor cat is not as risk for outside dangers and can be just as happy and healthy as an outdoor cat as long as he or she is provided with adequate and stimulating space to play and explore.
- Collar & Tag Your Cat: Taking care to ensure your cat doesn’t sneak out an open door will be important, but accidents happen. An ID and tag can help your cat find its way home.
- Provide Regular Veterinary Care: Providing for your cat means maintaining its health. Keep your cat up to date on shots and regular vet visits.
Before buying a cat, make sure you’re able to be a responsible cat owner. Your cat will be a wonderful companion for years, and it’s important that you’re able to be the same.