Cats are lovin’ creatures! These days, it isn’t out of the ordinary to see a cat in lots of homes, sleepin’ in the window or cuddlin’ up on the laps of their owners. Although cats have been popular pets for as long as most can remember, they weren’t domesticated until less than 5,000 years or so ago. Domestication took place in the valley of the Nile, which is what research tells us today.
Here’s my Lady to tell ya about Adopting a Healthy Cat
In the beginning, people were very grateful to cats and encouraged them to stay with them by feeding them various scraps of food. When they fed them, the cats did not see humans as a threat and the cats would move in permanently with their human owners. As time went by, even the wildest of cats would allows humans to approach them, often times even hold and touch them.
Cats are great hunters, as they sleep in short periods and are much easier to wake up than dogs. Cats also have better night vision than dogs. If someone moves through the house or if they hear suspicious noises, they will wake, while dogs might sleep right through. Humans love having cats around, and they seemed to get along good with dogs as well.
These days, cats are used for both companionship and show. They aren’t used as much for hunting mice and rodents anymore. There are several breeds available, from the traditional alley cat to the well known Siamese. All breeds are unique in their own way, and will provide you with years of companionship if you take care of them.
Examine the Source Before Adopting a Cat or Kitten
Before you get a kitten, or older cat, you’ll first want to examine the source. If you are getting the kitten from a breeder, you’ll want to make sure that the breeder has a reputable reputation, clean and in good shape. The kittens that are still there shouldn’t be overcrowded, and their surroundings should be clean. The litter boxes should be kept up and both the food and water dish should be clean and full. We’re also not a fan of the kittens being caged! They should be free to run around. All cats that are there should appear healthy, with shiny coats and none of their ribs showing.
Are They Use to be Touched and Handled?
When you get your kitten, it should be used to being touched and handled. The kitten should be sweet, not afraid in the least. Kittens that have been handled young normally have a better temperament. In a perfect world, kittens should be at least 12-16 weeks old. This helps in ensuring the kitten is in good health and his immune system has properly developed.
There’s no mistaking the fact that cats are great to own. You can get a kitten from a reputable breeder, through a local newspaper, or an adoption agency. Cats can also be obtained from a local pound or shelter, which you know – us here at Miss Molly is all for! There are so many in the shelters that are just waiting on a good home! Please consider one of them!!!! They will make you a good companion!
But, no matter which way you decide, adopting a healthy cat is important. If you get a healthy cat, you won’t have a lot of problems later on down the road. Healthy cats that were taken care of normally have everything up to date including their vaccinations.