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Thinking of adopting a cat

Sunday, July 22, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Every time I stop by a pet adoption area at a mall or in a pet store, my heart goes out to all of those cute, innocent cats who need homes. I encourage you to adopt a cat and give it a good home. They area wonderful pets. Before you make this move, here are some things that the ASPCA suggests that you become familiar with.

  • Like dogs, cats need to be fed nutritious food at least twice a day.
  • Cats do not need and should not be given milk. Make sure that they have clean, fresh water all the time.
  • Do NOT automatically have your cat declawed.  Declawing has been compared to removing your fingernails. Would you like it? To prevent your cat from scratching or tearing your furniture, trim his claws regularly and provide him with a small rug or scratching post. Verbal scolding can also work wonders. If you’re that worried about your furniture DO NOT ADOPT AT CAT!
  • Unlike dogs, cats do not go outside. Cats are naturally housebroken and will use a litter box at an early age.
  • Make sure that your cat always wears identification. It’s a good idea to get him micro-chipped when you take him to the vet.
  • Unlike most dogs, cats DO NOT need to be bathe. A healthy cat keeps himself clean and well groomed.
  • Make sure your cat gets good veterinary care, including all necessary examinations and shots.
  • Have your cat spayed or neutered by a veterinarian or at the ASPCA once the animal reaches maturity (usually after six or seven months of age)
  • Give your cat plenty of love and affection. Though cats are more independent than dogs, they thrive on your companionship.

Remember, your pets count!

 

 



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