If you are one of the many people lucky enough to own a cat or several cats as pets, then you need to take time and make the effort to learn proper cat care. One of my biggest struggles with people is that they choose to have pets but then do nothing to intentionally take good care of them. This is why, as a veterinarian, I make all of my clients come to a seminar about good cat care and dog care before they can receive services at my office.
Many other veterinarians think that this measure is extreme and that I cannot really subject all of my clients to that kind of seminar. While I have had a few clients disagree with my tactics, the majority of my clients have submitted to my request without hesitation. Why? Because I believe that people know that they need to learn proper cat care or dog care and so they are willing to atttend a seminar.
I believe that taking the time and energy to learn proper cat care or dog care is absolutely essential for all pet owners. People need to realize that owning a pet is a serious responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. On the contrary, it must be given attention. I pride myself in being a veterinarian that is committed to preventative care by teaching my clients how to give good cat care and dog care. I find that the more education pet owners get at the start, the less problems they have that need my attention.
If you are considering getting a cat, then I suggest you slow down a bit and take the time to really learn about proper cat care. Inform yourself about the reality of being a pet owner. Learn what your responsibilities will be before you commit to taking them on. If you are not sure where to look for information on good cat care, then talk with a veterinarian or other cat owners near you. An even easier method is to head off to your local library and check out a few good books on the subject of cat care. Inform yourself. Get online and see what you can learn about even the basics of cat care. The more you learn, the less question marks you will have later.
Cats are amazing animals and they make great pets. Do what is most loving for your pet and learn about good cat care before you bring your new cat home to stay.