We all know that cats are loving and truly wonderful creatures. These days, it is not out of the ordinary to see a cat in virtually any other home, sleeping by the window, or snuggling into its owners’ laps. Although cats have been popular pets for as long as most can remember, they weren’t domesticated less than 5,000 years ago. Domestication took place in the Nile Valley, as research tells us today.
At first, people were very appreciative of cats and encouraged them to stay with them by feeding them various scraps. Once fed and perceived as a threat to humans, cats would permanently move in with their human owners. Over time, even the wildest cat allowed humans to get close to him, often even hugging and touching him.
Back then, cats were very loyal and endearing pets. They proved to be excellent hunters, as they slept for short periods and were much easier to arouse than dogs. Cats also have better night vision than dogs and also better hearing. If someone moved around the house or heard suspicious noises, they would wake up while the dogs were sleeping. Humans loved having cats and they seemed to get along with dogs too.
These days, cats are used for both company and entertainment. They are no longer used much to hunt mice and rodents. There are many breeds available, from the traditional stray cat to the well-known Siamese. All breeds are unique in their own way and will provide you with years of company if you take good care of them.
Before having an older kitten or cat, you will first need to examine the source. If you get the kitten from a breeder, make sure the breeder has a reputable reputation. You will also need to ensure that the farm is clean and in good condition. Kittens that are still there should not be overcrowded and their environment should be clean. Waste containers must be kept high and both the food and water containers must be clean and full. Kittens should not be caged, but free to run. All cats in there should appear healthy, with shiny fur and no visible ribs.
When you get your kitten, he should be used to being touched and handled. The kitten must be sweet, not scared at all. Kittens that have been treated young usually have a better temperament. The best breeders will not allow their pups to leave the nest until they are around 12 weeks old, and some will wait until the pups are 16 weeks old. In this way, breeders make sure that the kitten is healthy and that its immune system has developed correctly.
There is no doubt that cats are great to have. You can get a kitten from a reputable breeder, through a local newspaper or an adoption agency. Cats can also be purchased at a local pound, although people typically don’t like to choose this option. Regardless of which path you decide to go, you should always make sure your cat is healthy. If you have a healthy cat, you won’t have much trouble later. Healthy cats have been cared for and usually have everything up to date, including vaccinations.