If you speak to anyone that knows me, they will tell you i’m a crazy cat lady. I own four cats and I’ve looked after them all from being kittens. Mosi is 17 years old and Treacle is 7 years old. Poppy & Lily are sisters, they are 5 years old. I’ve always had cats since I left home and I just love cats. I enjoy them as they go through their kitten stage, which is why I have four as each grew up I had to get another kitten. My cats are so affectionate, usually at 5am for breakfast.
Mosi is epileptic and it took some time and money figuring out before we knew why she was having seizures. Treacle has a heart murmur, this doesn’t affect her as she still runs round the house so fast, but we have to keep an eye on her with regular check ups. Poppy & Lily have dental problems, we will probably have to have their teeth removed as they get older. The vet said this was genetic, which is why they both have it. They are all indoor cats.
I love my cats, they are great pets that help you relax at the end of a long day and know when you feel down. We all get cuddled up and I fall asleep to the purring noise.
Here are five things you should know before you get a cat:
1. Your cat will take over your house
When I moved into my house I had a lovely bedroom with a nice new bed and a lovely dressing room. After some time, the bed became covered in cat scratches and my dressing room was shared with cats. Any space you think is for yourself, they will take over it! You cant have any nice new things, unless its cat scratch proof. I didn’t get a new sofa for ages, partly due to the house renovation but also because the cats always scratch new things, even with the brand new cat scratch tree they have. I bought a new rug for my dressing room and they thought it was for them. Every table, shelf, chair and little space you have, they will make theirs. But they are worth it.
2. Your cat will be a lifetime commitment
Cats can live up to 20 years, this is a long time and they are part of the family. If you are like us with no children, your cats become your children. We’ve had Mosi a long time and i’m dreading when the time comes that we have to say goodbye. When she goes there will be a big empty space in our house, shes always been there with us through quite a lot.
3. Your cat may be expensive to look after
My cats have been expensive and i’m guilty of spoiling them. If they have to go to the vets for treatment, these costs can quickly become big. Make sure you get pet insurance. I spend about £100 a month on cat food and litter. Cats are so fussy about what they eat and where they do their toilet business. Jabs are around £50 each cat per year. All my cats are speyed, not sure how much this costs these days but I recommend to avoid behavioural issues and to avoid infections. You need to buy a scratching post and a good bed for each cat. They also need water and food bowls, somewhere to store their food and litter and a good supply of treats. Each cat needs their own special space in the house where they can retreat to for some peace or when they feel threatened. Each cat needs a good litter box, I recommend one per cat. Your cat will also need routine trips to the vets. Costs can soon add up, make sure you allow for this.
4. Cats are sensitive animals
Felines are fun and they can provide a lot of entertainment and companionship for you. You’ll find that the cat has a mind of its own, but also can be extremely loyal to you as its owner. By all means spend a little time each day with your cat so the bond will develop between both of you. This is a lifetime friendship that has a great deal of reward attached to it. Cats are quite independent but they are quite sensitive too. My cats can get jealous of each other if one gets more attention. They prefer certain food and litter, sometimes not eating and going to the toilet anywhere other than their litter tray is a sign what you have bought isn’t good enough. Cats are clean animals but if they do go to the toilet where they shouldn’t this can be a sign of illness or a problem with something. Not sure if its a coincidence but the cats never seem settled at night around a full moon, during this week I never get any proper sleep! They run around the house, chasing each other and knocking things off my bedside table to get me to wake up.
5. Your cat will become part of the family
My cats are my kids, I treat them like my babies and their cute individual personalities have brought much happiness to our home. As much as they annoy me sometimes, as kids do, they are part of our family. I put up with their moods, their messiness, toys all over the house, no sleep from them messing about, their constant loud meowing and everything else but having a cat is so rewarding. Cats are good company.
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Do you have a cat? Would you like a cat? Is there any advice you would give?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!