Tips in Choosing a Pet Cat

Cat Ollie in his new home with owner Katie Dahlstedt in East Sussex. Ollie was just two weeks old when his mum rejected him. The little grey and white tabby kitten couldn’t fend for himself and was completely helpless. When he came to us he needed nursing day and night and slowly he began to get stronger. Ollie was too young to be rehomed so one of our foster carers took him home, bottle feeding him every three hours and using baby wipes to keep him clean. Six weeks later Ollie was unrecognisable from the timid little kitten we first met and he had grown into a strong, healthy – and rather huge! – chap. When his foster carer, Karen Pettet, took on another little hand rear kitten, Ollie took her under his wing and even taught her how to play. His story featured in one of our marketing campaigns last year and Ollie has now been adopted by Katie Dahlstedt and her family in East Sussex. Katie says: “We’d talked about getting a cat for a while and when we met Ollie we loved him straightaway and decided that night we wanted to have him.” Ollie joined Katie, her husband Timo and their two children Amelia, four, and Ella, two, in April last year. Katie says: “It’s been lovely to see him grow up and get bigger every week. He’s extremely playful and he’s very loving with Timo. At night when we’re watching TV he comes and curls up with him. He’s a daddy’s boy. “Ollie loves being outside – he goes out first thing in the morning, comes in for a nap and then he’s outside again for the rest of the day. He goes round to all the neighbours’ houses and hangs out with them. We have a playground nearby and if we go there he tries to follows us. He doesn’t like to be left out of the family activities.” Having Ollie around has really helped Amelia learn to be comfortable around animals too. Katie says: “She’s really frightened of animals but as she’s got to know Ollie her confidence has improved. “The girls love him and he can be very affectionate. When I was poorly with a stomach bug I was in bed for two days and he snuggled up on the bed with me and kept me company. “He’s definitely become one of the family.”

Like other household pets and animals, caring for a cat or a kitten is such a big commitment for pet owners and you should not deal this lightly. Once you train a cat in your households, this requires a routine veterinary consultations and treatment, caring and training attention, scheduled make-over and grooming sessions, and the most important thing is, an individualized care for around 10-20 years. Yes, 10-20 years because this is the average lifespan of cats. Thus, it is really not a joke on having a pet cat around.

At present, a number of household cats are being rescued in growing number of rescue homes hoping to be home again because of an immediate decision of pet owners to dispose them after buying the pet, and that they can no longer meet or provide the care or cope with financial commitments, wearing off and novelty of owning a household cat because of specific economic circumstances under global financial crisis related issues, sudden change in lifestyle, change in family like moving out or migration from a distant geographical location, lack of time to attend the needs of the cat and lack of care givers.

Unlike humans, a cat is only a pet that you cannot expect any responsibility for anything like guarding your residence. That is why, it is very important to consider and accurately plan everything before buying household pets and take them home. Before you buy, always make sure that the breed matches your circumstances like the economic status, maintenance, care givers and others. It is best if you will choose the breed suitable to your family environment so that you won’t spend more in restructuring your environment. Because, like other pets, different breeds have different personalities so always know first your planned breed if you don’t want to send them in rescue centers in the future.

Cats have so many breeds, but it has only two classifications, the pure breed and mixed or cross-breed. It is wise as a pet owner to know first what breed suits your circumstances. The advantage if you will select a pure breed from a mixed breed is they have fixed and more defined characteristics; and most of its characteristics are already expected that you will no longer worry on structuring their environment. Mixed breed on the other hand has undefined characteristics which sometimes too difficult to handle. Example, a long-haired breeds obliged you to have more grooming sessions than short-haired breeds, some breeds have sensitive furs that oftentimes causes asthma to your little children, some have fine furs and others are trainable while some breeds are not.

After you decided on what specific breed to choose, the next step is to ensure that you will pick the most healthy and lively kitten. An ideal age of 10-20 weeks old kitten is good already. Don’t choose those kittens which are lethargic, teary eyes, sneezing, firm body structure and other unusual observations. The kitten should not show any aggression when held to you, not nervous, and should be inquisitive enough. In this way, you will know if the kitten likes you or not.