House A Little Empty?
Whether you live alone or with someone, there are times where the house just feels empty. The best way to fill it with joy is to have a pet cat. These rambunctious animals are always just independent enough to entertain themselves while still requiring affection at regular intervals. Because they're largely independent, you can go off to work without worrying about them meowing and having a panic attack while you're gone. Though you can't be sure that they're not going to get into something that you'd rather they didn't. Cats are also great pets because they offer a lot of love. There's nothing cuter than a purring cat who just can't get enough of your attention. If you're thinking about buying a cat, then here a few tips and facts about cats to help you make the best decision.
When it comes to caring for a cat, you'll find that felines are typically far less needy than dogs. They groom themselves and are usually quite easy to train with their litter box. You shouldn't believe the commonly held myth that cats hate water either. While some cats certainly could do without a bath, other cats are actually quite fond of the water. Bathing them in the tub won't be a hassle. You really only need to give your cat a bath twice a month. Perhaps more if they have dandruff or thick fur that can't be cleaned through their normal grooming exercises.
You should also be mindful of what you bring into the house for them. Their paws can be quite sensitive to certain toxins. Some of these toxins can even exist in their cat litter. As such, you may want to select a healthy cat litter that is made with natural ingredients. In this way, you can be absolutely sure that your cat is safe while they do their business.
Knowing what and when to feed your cat can sometimes be confusing, especially when there is so much discussion about food allergies and whether grains should or should not be added to pet food. By and large, your cat will likely tell you whether they enjoy their food or not. They tend to have quite a few opinions when it comes to their food. It's during the stage in which they're a kitten where you can mostly determine what food they like the best. You should first try them out with different kinds of food—wet, dry, and semi-dry. You may find that your cat tends to gravitate towards one kind of food over another.
Once they've found a type of food that they enjoy, you then have to make sure that you're giving them the cat food with the most nutrients. Grains don't typically matter either way when it comes to food. It can make food cheaper, which is nice, and if your cat seems to enjoy the taste and doesn't have a reaction to it, then you're good to use the food. However, what you really need to look for in cat food is whether or not the label says that the food is balanced or complete. If you do see that, then the food meets the expected nutritional value for cats. You won't need to add any additional supplements into your cat's meal.
Regarding when to feed your cat, you should typically only feed your cat twice. They enjoy eating in the morning and at night. However, if your cat is particularly active and burns through their food quickly, then you might want to give them a small lunch, too. Essentially, monitor your cat's needs and ensure that the number of carbs or calories they take in are being worked off during the day.
For those who want to make sure that their pets live with them for as long as possible, you might be curious as to how long a cat might live. After all, cats have nine lives, right? Interestingly, the reason that saying came to be was that cats seemed to always live through situations that otherwise seemed lethal. This is attributed to their unique anatomy. Typically, however, cats have a lifespan of around 12-18 years, depending upon their health.