There May Be Bathroom Battles
Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t automatically run to the closest litter box when nature calls. As PawCulture.com explains, their litter box should be in a peaceful area and outside of high-traffic rooms, such as the living room. A spare room or the laundry room will give your cat the privacy he needs while keeping stray cat litter contained. Keep in mind that cats tend to be picky, and they may not be comfortable using a dirty litter box, so you will need to keep it clean. Remove feces daily and plan to change the litter every few days.
You May Need to Clean Your Home More Frequently
Cats are considered relatively hygienic animals, but that does not mean they won’t add to your cleaning routine. Cats shed, may dig in houseplants plants, and will leave toys wherever they want to. You can reduce the amount of time you spend on housework by investing in an automatic vacuum and restricting your feline’s access to dirt by adding a layer of large river rocks overexposed soil in your indoor planters. If your cat has bladder control problems, look for an upholstery cleaner. This service costs an average of $164 nationally, but it is an as-needed expense and not something you will likely require more than once or twice per year.
Cats Cannot Handle All of Their Hygiene Needs
Speaking of things that you should do once or twice each year, plan on helping your cat stay clean. An annual bath will improve your cat’s coat and help cut down on fleas and other parasites. If your cat has long hair or is a heavy shedder, you may need to bathe them more frequently. Pay attention to their oral health as well, and make sure they have an annual dental checkup. You will also need to brush their teeth regularly. Kittens are more likely to accept your at-home cleaning routine if you get them acclimated to the process early.
Even if you adopted your cat from a shelter for very little money, there are plenty of expenses that go along with pet parenthood. Money Under 30 explains that cats cost on average $1,070 their first year and about $500 annually thereafter. This includes food, healthcare, supplies, and insurance but does not take into consideration pet sitting or kennel services, travel expenses, or a non-refundable pet deposit if you live in an apartment.
Cats Don’t Always Get Along with Other Pets or Kids
There are millions of pet cats in the United States, and many live happily and harmoniously with people and pets alike. However, not all cats are happy around young children who have not learned appropriate boundaries. Similarly, some felines prefer to be the singular animal in a home and may become territorial if you bring in another cat or dog. If you have any concerns about the temperament of your cat, talk to your veterinarian, who can rule out any physical conditions, such as trouble with their vision or hearing, that might make them less comfortable
with enthusiastic housemates, be they animals or humans.
All in all, cats are excellent pets. They are reasonably low maintenance and have a natural talent for popping into your lap when you need companionship the most. Of course, you should always remember that they do require work, but it’s work that’s worth it.
Article by our friend Penny Martin at Furever friend
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