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Getting It Right First Time

Cats are wonderful companions but potential owners need to be sure they ask themselves all the hard questions before going ahead with adoption, says Marilyn Krieger

ike any pet, cats enhance lives and make a house a home. They excel at helping their people unwind after a stressful day. There is nothing quite as comforting as having a cat serenely napping nearby. Although cats bring joy and are great companions, they are a lifetime commitment. Think seriously before adopting—it should not be a spur of the moment decision. Make sure that you can support and provide the cat a loving, safe environment for his or her whole life. Before making the decision to share your home with a cat (or cats), do the homework Contented cats can help their owners unwind after a stressful day and ask yourself the tough questions. Do you have the time to spend with a cat? Cats Can you afford to take care of a cat? Cats need cannot be left alone to fend for themselves. In addition more than love and a warm place to sleep. In addition to to being fed at least twice a day and provided fresh the expenses of high quality cat food and cat furniture, water, litter boxes have to be scooped daily. Cats are also the yearly vet checks, teeth cleanings and unexpected social animals and need quality time interacting with visits to the vet quickly tax the wallet. Although mandatheir people every day. The together time can be filled tory health visits can be costly, several options are availwith play, grooming and cuddle sessions. Cats left alone able that can help pay the bills. Pet health insurance for hours day in and day out without the benefit of a plans can help decrease the bills. Monthly premiums and companion can become depressed and lethargic. deductibles vary between plans and are based on the Can you handle the daily details? Cats require cat’s age, medical history and coverage. Always read the daily maintenance and friendly environments. Aside fine print when shopping for a health plan. They all have from the feeding, watering and litter box scooping, litter restrictions about what they will cover—some have box duties also entail emptying, washing and refilling the more limits than others. Another option is the Careboxes with fresh litter on a regular basis. Cats also need Credit healthcare card. CareCredit is similar to a credit to be groomed. Long-haired cats require daily grooming, card, with steep interest rates and penalties for late and but short-haired ones can get by with being groomed missed payments. every few days. Felines instinctively have to scratch ob44

BARKS from the Guild/July 2014

Profile for The Pet Professional Guild

BARKS from the Guild Summer 2014  

Your BARKS summer edition. The quarterly publication from The Pet Professional Guild

BARKS from the Guild Summer 2014  

Your BARKS summer edition. The quarterly publication from The Pet Professional Guild