Common Cat Questions

The sight of a small mewing ball of fluff prompts many people to decide to get a cat. Here are some resources for the proud owner of a cat.

Deciding to Get a Cat

Cats can live for approximately 15 years. During that time, he will need basic care, such as food, cat litter, veterinarian visits, scratching posts, among other things. Consider the cost of raising a cat before committing to taking one. Before impulsively deciding to adopt a kitten, keep in mind the benefits of adopting an adult cat. There are choices to make about the type of cat to get, whether male or female, pedigreed or not. Finally, cats come in a wide variety of colors, and it’s possible to decide what your preferences are before looking for your kitty.

Basic Health Care

Your cat will require spayed or neutered as soon as possible to avoid both unwanted kittens and the excessive meowing and wandering during mating season. They will need to see a veterinarian regularly and receive all vaccines on schedule.

There are some common health problems that your cat will need to be checked for regularly. Some of the more serious include feline infectious peritonitis, feline leukemia, and feline immunodeficiency virus. More common and less serious ailments include various types of worms, hairballs, and urinary tract infections.

Cat Behavior

Cats have different personalities, just like people. Your cat might be aloof or very friendly, standoffish or cuddly. Occasionally there may be behavior problems in some cats. For example, your cat may have litter box problems or destructive scratching. If dealt with properly, though, your cat can give you years of enjoyment and companionship.

Here is a list of additional resources to help you understand and care for your cat:

Tips to keep your cat healthy.

Why it’s best to keep your cat indoors.

Keeping your cat happy indoors.

Long-haired cat breeds.

Short-haired cat breeds.

Things to keep in mind when deciding if a cat is the right pet for you.