Guide to Having a Cat at Home

Guide to Having a Cat at Home
Francisco María García

Written and verified by the lawyer Francisco María García.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

Lots of negative things are said about cats – they’re too independent, they’re not very affectionate, etc. However, the reality is very different. Here’s a guide to having a cat at home.

Feline Characteristics

Cats make an excellent companion as long as you’re not expecting them to behave like a dog. They are very different in many traits. The first thing you need to know is that they’re not going to hop all over the place and wage their tail when you get home from work. If that’s what you are hoping for, then you should get a dog.

A cat shows affection differently. They’ll show you affection by slowly rubbing against your legs. Although cats are definitely very independent, this doesn’t mean they don’t need your love and care. Just like any animal, cats need your attention and affection.

Having a Cat at Home

A cat being pet on someone's lap
You need to make your home suitable for cats and make sure that it’s a completely safe place for them. Cats can reach almost any part of your house. Their incredible physical agility enables them to climb up high areas with ease.
  • If you live in an upper level floor you should install safety meshes on any balconies or windows to prevent your cat from falling.
  • Your cat may end tearing up or damaging anything used as a decoration. It’s best to keep them out of his reach.
  • At the same, make sure you put chemical substances, such as bleaches, insecticides, or detergents are safely out of your cat’s reach.
  • Don’t leave plastic bags, needles, or sharp objects in places where your cat can get a hold of them. They could injure themselves.
  • Makes sure the washing machine and oven are shut, as well as any other compartments. Remember, cats love to hide and could accidentally get trapped.

A Few Things To Know About Your Cat

You should have a designated area for your cat at home, where he can store his toys and other basics such as a litter box and food.

  • Litter box. Make sure it’s a reasonable size, not too small, in order for him to cover his feces.
  • Scratching post. Cats are going to look for a place to file their nails. Get a scratching post so they don’t decide to use your furniture.
  • Cat toys don’t have to be expensive. They can be homemade! It could be a ball of yearn, a rattle, or a cheap laser. The important thing is that your cat has fun and gets some exercise.
  • You should occasionally cut their nails so they don’t cause damage or hurt themselves.
  • You should brush their hair at least twice a week.
  • Ration their food, following your vet’s instructions, and always make sure it’s good quality food.
  • When it comes to a cat bed, cats can sleep pretty much anywhere. However, it’s best to teach them to sleep outside the bedroom and buy a bed for them.

Living with a Cat at Home

It’s your duty as a cat friend and owner to teach them how to live with other domestic animals. A cat can be friends with a dog or any other pet, but you need be patient because it won’t happen immediately. You should introduce them carefully. Give them time to smell and learn about each other.

Living with a cat at home all depends on connecting with them. It’s important to recognize the sounds they make and understand their needs and behaviors.

The Benefits of Having a Cat at Home

Two cats on a table

Fun, joy, and the company are the greatest things about having a cat at home. Although it might not seem so, cats are the most fun and entertaining pets that exist. There are several example of how entertaining they are on social media. In fact, their friskiness is some of the most searched things on the internet.

Ultimately, cats are quiet, independent, respectful, sweet, and affectionate, not to mention very intelligent.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.