Cat Care 101: Beginner Tips

If you are one of the many people lucky enough to own a cat or several cats as pets, then you need to take time and make the effort to learn proper cat care. Buying a pet is the easy part. Many people buy a cat or a dog or any other pet because they want one, but then refuse to do the work involved in taking good care of them. Of course, this can lead to several problems including but not limited to the health of your pet and by proxy, yourself. If you are going to buy a cat (or already have one), then you need to make sure that you are aware of all that will be required of you to keep them healthy and robust.

Cats Vs Dogs As Pets

As you probably already know, cats are more independent than dogs in most ways. Dogs are very loving and playful and interactive but they also require a high degree of attention and love. They start getting antsy if you do not walk them regularly, play with them or give them much attention. They are great companions for kids, but as adults, you may not always have the spare time to do all this for your dog. Hence why many adults choose to have cats instead. Cats are also loving but they need less attention and care.

cute kitten

If you are thinking about buying a cat, then getting a kitten and having it grow up in your home is a better idea than getting a full grown cat. Not only will this ensure that you have more time with the cat, but it also means that the kitten will grow up being familiar with you and your family and be more attached to you. However, this also means more time investment because kittens will require more work and care.

Cat or Kitten?

Sooner or later, you’re going to want to make sure that your cat or kitten learns his or her toilet routine. The faster you get them to learn their routine, the better it will be to avoid a mess around your house and their aptitude for discipline and learning in general. When an animal learns to take instruction at an early age, they are more likely to learn more in the future and be more disciplined. In general, cats require less training than dogs and are more hygienic. They have a natural tendency to find a place to eliminate waste and tend to cover the waste with soil or whatever they can find. This means that when you provide them with a litter box, they will naturally (or with some nudging) choose that as their destination and get trained pretty quickly.

Behaviour Training

If you need to train a behavior in or out of your cat, then you can use the Reward System that most animals respond to. This means training the cat to engage in a certain behavior and then rewarding them with food. If they do not do it properly, they do not get the food until they get it right. This sets an anchor in their mind and they try harder to get it right. However, make no mistake, some breeds of cats are more aggressive (wild) than others. This means that while they are getting used to you, they are likely to rebel against your authority, so be prepared for some scratch marks!

If you take good care of your cat, they are very loyal beasts and like to “mark their territory” by cutting or rubbing themselves against yours. So if you are wondering why your cat keeps rubbing her sides against your leg while you’re sitting down, it’s because they are “marking” their scent ie, showing their affection.