You may go through some growing pains when it comes to behavior… but again, isn’t that the same as any growing human child? Be patient and correct with love, the animal will catch on. Keep in mind, as we’ve said before, this is a CAT with cat personality and attitude. Consider food choices as well. If you’re changing food from what they were fed in the shelter/rescue/box mix in the new food choice with the old, slowly changing the ratios until they are completely on the new food. A change in food can cause loose stool, which is gross and stinky. You may feed a cat the same food for 6 months and they love it… then on day 1 of the 7th month, they won’t touch it. Cats are finicky and fickle… and they are not trying to drive you crazy (or ARE they?)
In our scenario, you’ve considered wisely and made the right choice of the perfect cat, made your home THEIR home, made smart food choices and introduced them to all the new and important people in their family. This only leaves one important detail left… make the appointment to spay/neuter the animal.
Spay is the way, and neuter makes them cuter!
If you’re on the fence about getting your cat “fixed”, please read the first few paragraphs of this blog again. There are so many reasons to help your cat live a longer, healthier, happier, and more responsible life by having them spayed/neutered… and only two to not do it. Here is a list of reasons that are PRO Spay & Neuter; Why Spay or Neuter Your Cat? | Best Friends Animal Society. Here are the two reasons people don’t…
1) They are going to breed new cats (dumb… read the first couple paragraphs yet again)
2) The owner is a procrastinator or lazy
You could throw a third point of “I can’t afford it.” National averages for a cat spay/neuter run $25 to $350, depending on your location and veterinarian of choice. The ASPCA hosts low-cost spay and neuter services in some cites in the country. Check your local directory for discount or low-cost locations in your area, or contact veterinarians around you for price quotes. The benefits are well worth the cost in this case. It’s just better for the animal, and to do your part to reduce the overpopulation problems.
In the end, a cat is exactly what you make of them. Choosing the RIGHT cat is all about your efforts to assure the choice is on par with your lifestyle and expectations. Cat’s aren’t bad by nature (the vast majority of them, at least), they’re just living their best life in the space you’ve given them. If you do your homework, consider the LIFETIME commitment that any pet ownership brings, and devote yourself to your kitty as much as they devote themselves to your (in their own weird and wacky way), then you’ve got the right formula for a long and happy life together.