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Are cats right for me?

Are cats right for me? Who can resist the charm and affection of a purring cat? Cats can be extremely relaxing and will be more than happy to offer you their necks to pet while you relax on the couch.

In fact, animal behavior experts believe that cats can sense our moods and many owners say that their cats often try to cheer them up in difficult times.

You have to think carefully before buying a cat. Here are a few points that will help you decide if a cat is right for you.

  • By nature, cats are very independent, but not to the point of being left alone for long periods of time. Cats that are left to roam outside tend to mop around and cats that are left too much indoors can quickly become bored and destructive.
  • Allergies should be considered. Cats can trigger asthma: some people are allergic to cat hair (or rather to the cat's saliva, which is found on its hair) or cat dander (dead skin).
  • If you have young children, a cat may not be the best idea. Without supervision, cats can be unpredictable with children, so teaching children how to behave with cats is essential. On the other hand, cats can give them valuable life lessons.
  • Owning a cat can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, they bring companionship and love into many homes, but also fun and entertainment: no wonder they are the most popular pet in the world.

Do you have enough time to take care of a cat?

Cats are incredibly independent creatures who love to create their own adventures, but kittens in particular, especially in the first 12 months, require more attention than adult cats.

You need to make sure you spend enough time on the important tasks related to the care of your cat. These include feeding, grooming (how long it takes depends on the breed) and giving your cat as much love and attention as possible.

Does a cat fit into your lifestyle?

Cats are very independent animals that think for themselves. They sleep about 14 hours a day and are more active at dawn and dusk.

They don't need your absolute attention, but there are some things you should consider when deciding if a cat is your ideal companion.

Cats can live for almost 30 years, so think carefully before making this commitment, as it is difficult to project as far as 20 years into the future.

Taking a cat if you work all day?

Cats can be very independent and therefore remain a good pet if you spend your days at work. Some breeds will easily keep busy during the day.

Of course, it is best to always have someone to feed and entertain your cat, whether it is a family member, your partner, or a friend. Keep toys available so your cat doesn't get bored.

If your lifestyle involves a lot of travel and long commutes between work and home and there is no one to feed your cat twice a day, then you may need to reconsider your choice.

Is a cat too messy for you?

Think about it: will you be able to stand the mess a cat can make? Cats are less dirty than dogs and they clean themselves very carefully, but accidents can still happen.

It goes without saying that cats will urinate, defecate and vomit at unlikely times and places. If the idea of having to clean up after these kinds of mishaps is so repugnant to you that you wouldn't even be able to do it, then a cat may not be for you.

It is true that these circumstances are very rare and once a cat has learned to use a litter box, it will generally be very clean. Accidents can still happen and you should be prepared for them.

Cats shed their hair, some breeds much more than others. With these types of cats, you'll have to vacuum more often than a normal person - and not just on the carpet. Your cat will lie down on beds, sofas, work surfaces, chairs, etc. leaving hair behind.

However, some cats shed very little or no hair, so don't be discouraged if this is your only concern. To find out which cat breeds do not shed, consult our section on the 8 best hypoallergenic cat breeds.

Is your home suitable for a cat?

If you:

  • Already have many pets in your home, think about the impact your cat will have on them.
  • Have other cats, they may see this newcomer as a threat on their territory: you will have to be very careful when making introductions, as violence between cats is a source of immense stress for everyone.
  • Already have a dog, think about whether your cat will be safe with it. Some breeds of dogs are more at risk than others, but many will get along perfectly with cats.
  • Are unsure, read our section on how to adopt a cat when you have a dog.
  • Have small animals that a cat might see as prey, such as a hamster or guinea pig, consider whether the cat will be too much of a source of stress.
  • Think it is, then tries to find a way to separate them.

Before you consider adopting a cat, also make sure that no one in your home has any allergies.

Cat dander (dead skin), saliva, or urine all contain proteins that cause allergic reactions in some humans. Symptoms can be moderate (itchy skin) or severe (difficulty breathing), so it is essential to know that no one in your home has cat allergies.

To find out which cats are less likely to cause or aggravate allergies (hypoallergenic) and are therefore best suited for allergic people, consult our section on the 8 best hypoallergenic cat breeds.

he housing situation is temporary and that you have to move in the fairly near future, it is better to wait to settle down for a longer period of time before adopting a cat.

Indeed, a cat can become quite territorial, and it is not uncommon for cats to wander for miles to find their old home.

Taking a cat if you have a dog?

Cats can be a dog's best friend, as long as they get along and don't fight. If your dog has a big tail, you'll need to teach him not to react when your cat plays with it, otherwise, you'll get into trouble in the household.

Will, your dog get along with a new cat?
If you're thinking about adopting a cat and you already own a dog, you need to decide if your dog will be willing to take him in.

Some breeds of dogs are more tolerant of cats than others, but the only way to know is by knowing your dog's temperament. The best situation is to introduce your dog to cats at an early age when he is still a puppy.

Your dog will get along better with a cat if you…

  • He is gentle by nature when interacting with young children and smaller dogs.
  • It does not have a highly developed hunting instinct and does not chase / kill other animals.
  • He obeys well: your dog listens to your commands.
  • He already gets along with cats (if he has been around cats since a young age)

Signs that your dog is not adapted to live with a cat :

  • Aggressive nature towards other dogs / Need to wear a muzzle in public
  • Highly developed hunter's instinct, desire to chase/kill other animals
  • Disobedience: your dog doesn't always listen to your orders

Most cats can defend themselves against a dog if they have no other choice. Your cat will quickly teach your dog who is in charge, after a few hits on the nose.

Introducing an adult cat to a dog before having a kitten
If you still think your dog will be safe with a cat, you should introduce him to an adult cat before getting a kitten.

This way, your dog will learn to tolerate cats before you bring home a kitten. Even if this step is not vital, it is still important because a kitten can easily succumb to a boisterous dog while an adult cat will be safer and can defend itself or run away.

Read Also: The best time to adopt a cat

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