As pets, cats can offer us companionship, fun and a warm bundle of fur to come home to in the evening. They make fantastic play-mates for your kids and are generally low-maintenance to have around, so it’s no wonder they’re so popular as a family pet. This said, getting a cat is still a big commitment and it’s worth investigating what kind of care they will need before you bring home that wicker basket. Here’s a handy overview of the basics of cat careHairless Cat.

Choosing a cat

Before deciding to adopt a cat, it’s important to make sure that your lifestyle will allow you to care for it properly. Cats are independent and often work well as pets for people with hectic lives, but different breeds have different requirements and can cause varying levels of allergy problems. Then there are choices to be made on whether to buy a kitten over an older, rescue animal. Do some research on all the options and talk to the local pet store or animal shelter before you make the final commitment.

Feeding time

Providing your pet with proper cat food is the most basic of needs. Some people choose to feed their cats a homemade diet and there are things like chopped-up fruit which are safe to give them but you will need to put in time and effort to make sure they all get the nutrients they need. Most people find it easier to do this by buying products specially formulated for a cat’s diet, such as Whiskas cat food. Cats also need a plentiful supply of fresh water every day.

Grooming

Most people find cat’s ability to take care of themselves a major plus as a pet, but they will need help now and again, even with grooming. You shouldn’t normally need to inflict the dreaded bath on your cat, unless it’s had a problem with fleas or illness. But cats do benefit from regular brushing; once a week is a good idea for short-haired varieties and long-hairs may need grooming every day. You can buy fine metal-tooth combs especially for this.

Litter care

Keeping a clean litter tray is essential for both pet and owner. You can buy loose cat litter granules or ‘clumping’ litter, which is often easier to scoop out as it stick together when wet. Dirty litter should be scooped out every day and loose litter needs changing completely once a week so you can scrub the box as well. Clumping litter only needs to be changed every 2 -3 weeks.

Veterinary exams

New cats should all be examined by a vet, regardless of age. The vet will need to give your cat standard immunisations and you will probably want to have them neutered or spayed if they are old enough and haven’t been already. Try to take them for a check-up every year afterwards, as this will help catch any problems early on: better for the cat and easier on your wallet, as well!