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Is a Cat the Right Pet for You?

Learn if a cat is the right pet for you from board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, DVM in this Howcast video.


Are you wondering if you should get a cat? Now's a great time to be getting more education on them then, because the last thing you want to do is get a pet that you're not ready for. Many people mistakenly think that cats don't need much attention and while it's true that they don't need as much attention as their usual dog, you do have to keep in mind that every day cats expect some one-on-one time with you, usually several minutes, maybe not in a row but over the course of a day.

Some cats will require one to two hours and might not be easier than a dog at all. Things that cat need are plenty of cozy places to rest, an environment where they feel safe, meaning there aren't a lot of changes going on, not too many room mates in and out, and ideally hold off on that remodeling project if you're going to get a cat. You also want to make sure they have plenty of food and water stations and easy access to a litter box. Most cats, although not all, really like clumping, unscented clay litter and an open box in a safe, quiet area.

If you can get those things arranged and you have plenty of time to play with a cat and do some training, you should be ready to get one and have a blast. So if you keep those things in mind, that'll give you a good idea if you're the type of personality that really wants to have a cat at home.

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