Have you been wishing for a cat for a long time and are seriously thinking about buying a velvet paw? And now you want to finally take action? Then you have to be the first to realize that when it comes to buying a cat (almost) for one’s life – and not just for one season! Cats can end up over twenty years old.
In addition, you really want to meet the natural needs of the Stubentiger – how about their basic needs?
What does your future cat need so that she feels completely at ease with you?
With our tips and advice you are well prepared for the future coexistence with one or more cats:
The essence of the cat
Should it be an independent tomcat? Or a cuddly cat?
… whereby the cat, as well as the cat, can either be totally cuddly or rather wild and independent.
That can not be determined from the outset. It is rather the cost factor that decides on the sex: The sterilization of a cat is on average more expensive than the castration of a cat, but both are essential, one would like to avoid that cats proliferate uncontrollably.
Unless you plan to breed cats. In view of the many strays that desperately need a loving place, you should really think twice!
The decision for an emergency cat
Get the cat out of the shelter
There are a huge number of cats of all ages looking for a home “paw-inducing”:
Trapped strays, surplus descendants, separation cats or cats from household dissolutions, – they all populate the local animal shelters; including even breed cats! You really do a good job when you first try to find the ideal new roommate.
However, you need a lot of empathy and patience for a cat from the animal relief, because they may be biased by their individual history and must first rebuild trust in people.
Tip 1: If you are considering buying a cat from the shelter, it is useful to visit it several times beforehand and also to observe it at different times of the day: This way, you will get to know your nature and your preferences a bit and then you will be better off to hire them.
Should the cat be mature or a small kitten?
A full-grown cat does less work from the beginning because she is a sort of “self-runner” who knows and knows everything; Although kittens become self-sufficient quite quickly, their mother gives them a lot to start with, but just like human children, they first have to learn everything from scratch – including how to use the cat litter box .
In addition, small cats are naturally more sensitive and susceptible to disease. And they also have to be sterilized/castrated in due course, which has usually done for a full-grown cat, the previous owner.
Tip 2: The smaller the cat, the higher the “starting capital” and the more time you need for getting used to it and getting it clean.
When can you separate a cat from the mother?
A Finnish examination of more than 5,700 cats of various breeds revealed the following: Kittens taken away from the mother before the 8th week of life were significantly more aggressive towards newcomers in the household than animals allowed to be with their cat mom for 12-13 weeks.
Animals that were weaned after 14 to 15 weeks , showed tamer, ate better and also showed no symptoms such as excessive Schlecken or fur cleaning.
Conclusion: The cats evidently developed best, even when they were older, they were allowed to live with their mother or were not even separated from them.
- Sounds almost as if there are parallels to human development, right?