Americans really love their pets. I am so glad so many people have realized what a joy it is to have a beloved pet join their family. There are so many benefits to sharing your life and home with a loyal pet.
Want to take a guess at the number of households in this country that have cats or dogs? Well, according to the American Pet Products Association, there are 70 million to 80 million dogs and 74 million to 96 million cats enjoying living with their human families in our great country. That’s a lot of dogs and cats, but there are always tons more dogs and cats looking for loving families.
Did you ever wonder which was the more preferred pet: dog or cat? The association says that 37 to 47 percent of households have a dog while 30 to 37 percent have a cat. I personally think you should have one or three of each.
Naturally I think dogs are terrific, but you would expect me to say that, right? It might just surprise you to hear me say that I also think cats are pretty awesome, too.
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In fact, I love cats. And most dogs, if trained properly, can love cats as well. A dog does not have to dislike or chase cats and can have a great lifelong relationship with them.
Cats make fantastic pets and are usually pretty easy to care for. There are a few tips to make sure they stay healthy so your cat can have a long life with your family.
Probably at the top of the list would be to keep your kitty inside. A kitty can live its entire life happily within the confines of your home. With a clean litter box and great windows to look out of, there is really no reason for the kitty to go outside where so many dangers await.
If you want your kitty to have the feel of being outside without the risks, consider letting him play on a secure screened porch. Just make sure there are no areas on the porch from which he can escape.
Of course, excellent veterinary care is essential for your kitty’s great health. Included in that would be all the necessary vaccinations, a spay or neuter, ID tag and microchip. Even if your kitty stays inside, a microchip is a good idea just in case he were to bolt out of an open door.
And then there are toys. Kitties love toys. And the neat thing about the toys is they do not have to be expensive store-bought toys. Paper bags with no handles make incredible toys. Clean and empty corrugated boxes are like treasure chests to cats. Empty toilet paper rolls can provide tons of fun for your kitty.
I would caution you about letting them play with string, ribbon or, heaven forbid, dental floss. Those can be scary hazards and need to be kept away from them lest they end up ingesting them. Nothing good can come from that.
Cats can bring years of wonderful companionship to you and your family. If you’re considering adopting a pet, please think about a kitty. You might even want to visit some local shelters like Macon Purrs N Paws and All About Animals to take a peek at some lovable kitties. You won’t be disappointed.
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