What You Need to Know Before You Get Your First Cat 

You have made the momentous decision of getting a cat.  However, if you have never owned a cat before you may not be sure where to begin.  The very first thing you should know about getting a cat is that these are very independent creatures and yet they require a lot of attention.  They love to curl up on a lap and snooze and if they don't get the attention they want, then they will demand it by walking all over your newspaper or computer keyboard.  Each and every cat has a unique personality that will become a permanent fixture in your home.

The next thing you need to consider is whether you can have a cat where you live.  If you own your own house, then you won't have any issues, but if you rent an apartment or a house, then you will need to be sure that you are allowed to have a cat.  In some places the landlord is not allowed to disallow pets unless they interfere with the quality of life for others living in the building or they are causing destruction to the property.  However, you also want to be on good terms with your landlord, so be sure to check out the rules for where you live before you bring home your new family member.

Cats love to be up high.  It is not unusual to find your cat on the top of the refrigerator or on a bookshelf.  They also need to sharpen their claws regularly and if you don't provide them with a spot to do so, they will choose their own spot, which is generally your sofa, carpet, or some other piece of furniture in your home.  You can take care of the desire to be high up and the claw sharpening all in one shot with a cat tree, a structure that is usually made of wood and covered in carpet.  This will be sure to save your furniture.

You also have to decide whether you want to keep your cat indoors or allow him to roam free.  If the cat goes outdoors, there are increased risks whether you live in the city or the country.  In the city getting hit by a car is an issue and in the country there is the traffic as well as the possibility of wild animals that could harm your cat.  You are also increasing the risk of your cat getting parasites and fleas.  However, allowing your cat the freedom of roaming has its plus side too.  You cat will be happier and healthier.  Letting your cat outside will also cut down on litter box use or eliminate the need for it entirely and this is a big bonus for you.

No pet is inexpensive and cats are no exception.  When you first get your cat, you will have to get him immunized against a number of things.  Some of these immunizations may be optional so you will have to check the laws in your area to determine what shots your cat must have and talk with you vet about your options.  In many areas cats also must be registered, which means paying for a license.  In addition to this, you will need to ensure your cat is spayed or neutered so that you don't end up with little kittens you can't keep and you will need to take your cat for annual checkups with the vet to ensure that he is perfectly healthy.

The best place to find a cat is to go to your nearest animal shelter.  These animals have been abandoned or are strays and they are kind and loving animals that deserve a good home.  When you get a cat through an animal shelter you also have the peace of mind knowing that the cat is in good health and has had all his shots.  The cat may also already be spayed or neutered and if not, this is often included in the adoption fee.

This may seem like a lot of things to know when you are considering getting a cat and it may all seem overwhelming, but the truth is that it is all worth it.  Your cat will be a source of comfort and affection for you in a way that no other animal can.  They are soft and warm and very cuddly.  It is also worth considering getting two cats, especially if you work outside of the house and are gone for hours at a time.  That way the cats will have each other for company.  If you do want only one cat, then try to get an adult who is used to being alone.  Either way, you will have lots of furry love coming your way.


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