Thinking about getting a four-legged addition to your family? If you were considering getting a cat, make sure you know what you are getting into before you jump into the ownership of a new animal.
It's important to remember that a cat is a living being. It needs love, attention, and to be treated as a member of the family. So before you decide to take on a cat as your pet, there are a lot of things you need to know about the personality of cats and what they need in order to thrive.
Cats don't train like dogs do.
While a lot of people like to think that cats and dogs are much alike, they really are very different creatures. Sure they both need food, water and love, but after that, they are definitely two very different animals. While dogs will learn all sorts of tricks and thing to do to make you happy, the goal of a cat's life is nothing like that.
Cats are more focused on their needs. While you may want to train your cat to come when called or do tricks, your cat will not do them to please you. That doesn't mean they won't do them, you just have to figure out how to drive them to do what you want. From time to time your cat may do what you want, just because they want to, but that's all.
Cat's need a home base
Cats need a place to call their own. Just like you have your own bed, or may have your special chair, your cat needs its own place to call home. All cats are different, but generally they like small beds they can curl up where they can sleep and feel safe and secure. Some will like a window seat bed so they can enjoy the afternoon sun and seeing what is happening n the yard. Others like to feel as if they are curled up in a den and prefer a dark little bed somewhere in a corner.
Cats like to climb
Cats like the idea of being at the top of the world. In your house this could mean that they are climbing all over your furniture if you don't give them somewhere else to climb and stay up high.
One of the most popular things to give cats is cat furniture. Like, for example, cat trees which are tall structures that give your cats a place to play and climb.
Many cat trees have multiple purposes. They have scratching pads built in so your cat can work its claws. Some have toys that are attached for your cat to play with. Other cat trees have perches on top where your cat can sleep. These cat trees are perfect for most cats because they have the best of both worlds. They are great beds that are far off the ground. This is especially appreciated if you have dogs or small children in the house, as your cat will feel safer off the ground than where the dogs and kids can't torment them. And cat trees provide them with hours of exercise and mental stimulation.
Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space. Whether it's your living, bedroom, or even your deck or patio, there are many tips you can use to make those spots both functional and beautiful. Today, she offers advice on how to create a fabulous pet area by using a fun cat tree and soft puppy beds for your furry friend.