Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Before You Get Your First Cat

Your first cat 

Are You Ready for a Cat?

cat care

This short course is recommended as a prerequisite for my "Your First Cat" online tutorial.

So you've decided it's about time you had a cat in your life. Maybe you have a friend with a cat and you've learned first-hand how relaxing it can be to sit with a warm vibrating body in your lap. Or you find yourself alone in your brand new apartment and you can finally have the cat you've always wanted but couldn't have because a parent was allergic . Perhaps you and your spouse have agreed that the kids need a pet, and you think dogs might be too rough on the toddlers.

Whatever the reason, there are a number of factors to consider before rushing out to a pet store, including NOT rushing out to a pet store, which will be covered in a later lesson. The fact is, too often pets acquired by impulse quite often don't work out, and this is especially true with cats, who often have their own agendas.

While not attempting to anthropomorphize cats, I relate the considerations for adopting a new cat much the same as as adopting a human baby. You may want a newborn infant, a baby of the same ethnic background, or be open to an older child, a mixed-race child, or a special needs child. These same sorts of considerations apply when considering a new cat. Learn more about some of the questions you'll want to ask yourself.