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Cats As Pets
Overview
The addition of a cat to your home as a family pet is a wise choice. Cats are loving, devoted and charming pets. They are easy to care for and do not require a lot of room. They are at their best as a full-time indoor pet. Felines are an endless source of companionship, fun, and entertainment for you and your family. However, they are a life-long responsibility and commitment.

Before adopting, ask yourself the following questions.

Once you decide that the time is right for a cat, there are a number of things that you should do to get your home ready for the new arrival.

Bringing Home Kitty
Use a cat carrier to bring the cat home; never let the cat loose in the car or leave the cat alone in the car.

A Room Alone
Prepare a room where the cat can live for the first few weeks. A small, isolated room, like a bathroom, is perfect. Place a cat bed, litter pan, and water and food bowls in the room.

Do not push attention on the cat or make too many demands. She needs time to adjust and get used to the sounds and smells of your home. Be patient and move to the next step only when you are sure everyone is really ready.

Prepare The Children
Introduce each child to the cat one at a time in a supervised visit. Remind them it is important to be gentle with and speak softly to the kitten and there will be plenty of time to play with the kitten later.

Kittens are not recommended for households with infants and toddlers.

Bringing Home A Second Cat
Give the new arrival a room of his own and plan on a two-week introductory period. Never force two animals to interact. Accept that some hissing and posturing is normal and necessary; they will sort out who will be in charge.

Do not permit a fight to break out (have a blanket ready to throw over the combatants if this happens). Never leave them together when you are away until they have clearly made their peace.

In households with more than one cat, each animal should have their own litter box and food bowl. Give the resident cat extra attention to minimize any jealousy.