They’re mysterious, fast moving and amongst the quietest of common household pets. Some say they’re not quite as affectionate as dogs, however there’s plenty of Aussies devoted to the special beauty of cats, including us of course!
In fact, a 2020 University of Melbourne study found that 37% of all Aussie pet owners have a feline friend (or two) keeping them company at home, something we’ve all needed over these past 18 months of rolling lockdowns and working from home.
That’s why this month, The Pets Hotel team are turning attention to our quiet feline friends. In particular, we’ll share practical tips to consider when choosing a cat that will be a perfect fit for you and your family. With the benefits of pet ownership well known, here’s to a happy, furry friendship for all!
- Tip #1. Adult cat or Kitten? Do cute kittens make you melt at first sight, or would you prefer a mature moggy with a well-developed fur coat? Choosing between a kitten or adopting a fully grown adult cat is often the first consideration facing aspiring owners. Whilst kittens are undeniably adorable, they also require more time and attention than their mature cousins, including socialisation and litter training. Whatever option you choose, the RSPCA’s ‘Adopt A Pet’ program or individual breeders like Victoria’s LeopardUs Cheetoh Cats are great starting points to find your feline friend! : )
- Tip #2. Keep your lifestyle in mind: How often are you home? How big is your house or apartment? Cats are well known for having an independent streak and unlike their canine counterparts, most are more than happy to spend ample time entertaining themselves or watching the world go by. However, like all pets, they still need our TLC to live a healthy and happy life, especially if you’re talking about a cute kitten. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure you have sufficient time to commit to your feline friend, as raising a cat is similar in many ways to raising a human child!
- Tip #3. Consider your personality: Given their quiet nature, cats are especially well suited to the more reserved types amongst us… think those who prefer a quiet night on the couch over the excitement of a busy bar! Having said that, some breeds are more active than others, such as sprightly Siamese Cats who are always keen to play, compared to British Shorthair Cats who would rather curl up in your lap than make a big fuss. It’s also worth noting a cat’s personality can change over time, depending on the attention it’s given : )
- Tip #4. Consider other household members: Do you share your home with other four-legged friends? And do the other humans in your household (if any) have allergies? These are other important things to consider before bringing a new pet cat home, as unlike dogs, cat hair and dander can be particularly irritating for certain people. You’ll also want to make time to carefully introduce your new feline friend to the rest of the household, ensuring everyone gets along well from the very start!
- Tip #5. Don’t forget your purpose for owning a cat: Last but not least, you’ll want to have a clear purpose for finding a new pet cat in the first place. Whether it’s a quiet companion for your house, an adorable pet for your cat loving child, or a friend for your other pets, having a strong Why will help get you through the inevitable ups and downs and sometimes considerable costs of raising your feline friend : )
Seeking further guidance? We recommend checking out the excellent websites below. All have handy, interactive quizzes and informative resources to help you in your quest for the perfect pet cat:
Keen to find out more about The Pets Hotel and our friendly team of professional cat and dog carers? Contact us at The Pets Hotel (Port Melbourne) on (03) 9646 3696 or The Pets Hotel Country Club (Lara) on (03) 5282 1286.