Pet Cats: Five Important Things to Know and Consider About Cats Before Getting One as a Pet, According to Dr. Katrina Warren | Explanatory

Cats can make fantastic pets – they are generally more independent than dogs and less demanding of your time.

However, just because they are generally more independent than dogs doesn’t mean they don’t require special care and consideration.

Here are five important things pet owners should consider before getting a cat.

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Cats are generally more independent than dogs, although they still require special care and consideration. (Getty)

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats

I recommend that all cats be confined for their own safety – a cat that is confined will be safe from traffic accidents, risks associated with infectious diseases and fights with other animals.

It is now legal in many parts of Australia to keep your cat confined to your property. If you choose to confine your cat, give it plenty to do – it loves to hunt and climb. They will need a scratching post, a climbing tree and toys.

Kittens vs adult cats

Kittens are extremely cute and fun, but they are very energetic and playful and require a lot of attention at first. Getting a kitten, however, allows you to create a close bond from the start.

Adult cats, on the other hand, are often more relaxed and calm, and you should be able to get a clearer picture of their personality and coat type. They are often an easier, quieter option and offer the feel-good factor of giving a cat in need a forever home.

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Moggy vs Thoroughbred

Adopting a cat will give a homeless pet the love it deserves. There are often adults and kittens that need a home. Cats breed during the warmer months, so there is usually an abundance of kittens during the summer months.

If you are interested in purebreds, please research the breed as many breeds have health issues as well as specific grooming requirements and personality traits. Contact your state’s breed club for more information and details on kitten availability.

The commitment

The average lifespan of a cat is between 13 and 17 years, but many cats live into their twenties. This means that your child’s pet cat can still be with you long after he has left the house!

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Cats, on average, have a lifespan of 13 to 17 years, although they often live into their twenties. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

More lilies

When you commit to a cat, you have to say goodbye to lilies in your home. Unfortunately, many cats die each year from lily toxicity. The leaves and flowers of plants in the Liliaceae family including Asiatic, Day, Easter, Glory are all extremely toxic to cats.

Be sure to check what other plants and flowers are potentially harmful to a kitten or cat before bringing one home.

With our thanks to NSW Cat Protection Society.

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