Consider This Before Buying a Cat [responsibility Matters]


Let’s start talking about the cat “by contradiction”: you don’t want to drown the kittens! (This is a really disgusting undertaking.) Also, you have neither the ability nor the strength to endure a real “sodom” in the apartment 2-4 times a year for a month and a half in a row – an endless squeak, a loud rustling of many small claws on the walls of a tall box, go boxes: kittens with amazing persistence try to leave their nest by any means. And if they live with their mother in a low box or basket (which, of course, is much more aesthetically pleasing!), Then – again, from about four weeks of age – you will have to endure the endless running of kids around the kitchen or room and some other minor inconveniences … “No, only a cat! – you think. – No fruitless phone calls to your friends, relatives of your friends, as well as friends of relatives with a half-question, half-pleading, expressed with a falsely cheerful intonation, as if by chance: “Yes, by the way, do you accidentally need a kitten? Very smart and, you know, so fluffy, from our kind, cleanliness … “, in response to which you hear:” Yes, fear God! My Matilda threw herself on fours the day before yesterday! ” – “Y-yes? What a pity … And your grandmother, by any chance …? Well, yes, of course, I somehow did not think …” by any chance ..? Well, yes, of course, I somehow didn’t think … ” by any chance ..? Well, yes, of course, I somehow didn’t think … “

You definitely want a cat. No childbirth, no diapers … that is, bedding, boxes, boxes, baskets (no matter how picturesque they look in the interior of your kitchen), no phone calls, and even more so you cannot afford to humble yourself to the eyes of all honest people on Sunday with a shamed face to stand at the gates of the city market, holding with two hands an old knitted hat filled to the brim with screaming, disheveled, often soiled kittens with fright and sell them to those who wish for a symbolic price equal to the cost of a bunch of parsley (free giving a cat is considered by the people to be a bad omen – they say it will not take root with the new owners!).”Only a cat!” – you decide.

Of course, you’ve heard that cats “walk”. Of course, you have already been told in what monstrous form the general favorite sometimes returns home after a week of “spree”: the wool hangs in tufts, the ear is torn, the eye is swollen, the traces of terrible mines on the glorious pink nose are scary to look at! Then, according to the stories of acquaintances, the cat, almost without greeting the owners, who “just went crazy with anxiety,” greedily and unusually ugly pounces on the food, which, fussing and gasping, everyone puts and puts in his feeder. He eats, eats, eats – incredibly greedy and hastily, then the rate of devouring food gradually decreases, and after a few seconds (or minutes) the expression on your “clever and kind-hearted” face becomes dull and meaningless,

I must say, “spree” in the life of a healthy cat is not an episode, but a system, that is, a norm. “So what?” You courageously object. “What’s wrong with that? It’s his natural life! I would say – in cat’s!) concerts “. To take care of mustachioed and tailed beauties, to win in single combats with an opponent – this is the main purpose of a cat in nature. All the same, it will be my, dear, one of a kind cat. All the same, he will occasionally rub his wide, stupid, comfortable forehead against my leg and squint at the lamp, and I can stroke him whenever I want, on the warm fluffy belly I listen to how he purrs loudly at the same time with pleasure and consciousness that he has a master and a home,

This is all true. And you can convince yourself in advance that you should not panic about the fact that your Barsik is already on the third day but appears on the threshold of the apartment or on the crossbar of the window. But so it seems to you now, when in your imagination there appears a clear appearance of the neighbor’s bum Barsik. But when for the first time your Barsik (Murzik, Tommy, Jerry or even Bustrofedon) leaves home for several days, your young strong cat, which just recently was a tiny, fluffy, completely helpless and stupid kitten that managed to fall asleep in your boot, the kitten that looked so funny out of the coffee tin where the children put him – that’s when it happens to your cat … Then you may regret that he is not a cat. And maybe about that

Think carefully if you can be philosophical about all the problems mentioned above. But let’s say you are quite confident in yourself. Let’s say you have enough eloquence and tact in order to introduce the correct, sober attitude regarding the animal’s lifestyle into the minds of your nervous wife and mother-in-law prone to panic reactions (if you are a man). Let’s say you can be patient, tame your natural emotions, very similar to the manifestation of chronic stress (if you are a woman).

But, unfortunately, “spree”, torn ears, an obvious opportunity when communicating (and more than dense!) With “no one’s” cats and cats on the roofs and in basements to pick up lichen or some other infectious disease, as well as get fleas – it’s not the worst thing. Ultimately, shingles can be cured. Although this will require a lot of effort from you and a hefty material cost. To protect your pet from fleas, you should purchase a special collar. These collars have worked well, they really help get rid of insects in a short time; the animal can wear the collar all the time – it does not cause inconvenience. Its dignity also lies in the fact that a cat walking in a collar is much less likely to cause “bad boys” an indomitable desire to do some nasty joke with an animal. The cat in the collar is undoubtedly the “master’s” cat. And it is likely that his owner (or mistress) is right now, at this moment, watching his ward from the window or even walking somewhere nearby. These collars serve for several months and are not very expensive.

So fleas, increased appetite after a week of running on roofs, even ear and subcutaneous mites (from which it is necessary, if possible, to protect the animal) are not the worst thing. The most unpleasant feature of a cat (as opposed to a cat) is its specific smell.

To make it more convenient for the cat to mark the boundaries of its territory (and it is customary for all felines – both wild and domestic – to distinguish territorial influence), as well as to leave “messages” to their potential girlfriends, God provided the cat with special glands that secrete a secret with an unusually strong, pungent odor slightly reminiscent of the smell of a cheap, low-quality cosmetic product such as lotion. A few drops of this secretory fluid are capable of “aromatizing” the air in a radius of many meters around.

It is enough for a cat to approach the place chosen by him as a border pillar, raise his tail and irrigate with a thin, insignificant trickle the wall of the house, the outer part of the window frame, the front door to someone else’s apartment where his “chosen one” lives – in short, whatever he wants. You may have seen this procedure: the animal stands near some vertical structure, its body is slightly arched, tense, the tail is raised and often flinches: In common parlance, this behavior of the cat is called “shaking the tail.” If you thought that the cat was simply expressing his feelings in this way, then you were mistaken. If you looked closely, you would have noticed the slightly oily-looking marks on the wall. And coming closer, they would undoubtedly feel an indescribable, “aroma” – or, to put it simply, an eerie sharp stench, published by yellowish streaks. The cat urinates abundantly enough, and – on the ground, in the sand, in the grass, and not on the walls. His urine also has a specific smell of secretion, but much less pronounced. The tags, on the other hand, smell pungently until they dry. Cats and cats continue to smell them for a very long time after drying out. The human sense of smell ceases to feel it as soon as the moisture evaporates. But if the mark is moistened, even after a few days, a wave of stench begins to emanate from it with renewed vigor.

So, even if it does not occur to your cat to mark the territory right in the apartment (and this happens, as a rule, with neurotized animals or with healthy, but survived severe short-term stress), the smell emanating from the fur on the hind legs and lower parts tail, will bother you constantly. In addition, one must not forget that the ability to secrete secretory fluid appears in an animal along with puberty. And before that, while your cat is young, nothing of the kind is observed. In a few months of childhood and adolescence, your furry “family member” will almost certainly get used to wallowing in your chair, crawling into a crib to play with your child; perhaps he will love to sleep in your bed, doze on a bag of sugar in the pantry, or curl up in a ball in the bowels of your expensive fur hat,

I leave it up to you to do it yourself. Any fabrics, paper, cardboard, and especially natural fur and leather very easily absorb organic odors, including the “smell of a cat”. Of course, with a stream of warm water (without soap and detergents, of course!), You can wash the cat’s pants after a walk. But cats, as you know, do not like swimming very much! There will be no particular harm to the beast from episodic washing with clean water, but it will not be of great benefit either. You should never bathe cats with shampoos or soap! Except for situations that pose a threat to the life of the animal: the cat got into a bucket with waterproof paint (oil or some other), had contact with a dangerous chemical; and in these cases shampoo will not help. It is best to consult your veterinarian immediately and find out how to proceed.

It should be borne in mind that during the period of rest from a long “spree” the cat will spend a lot of time at home, but at the same time, according to established habit, he will not fail to go out several times a day, take a walk and check if everything is in order in his possession. Washing the “tail” of a cat several times a day is a very burdensome task for you and your family members, and your furry friend is unlikely to be delighted with hourly bathing.

I want to emphasize that women are especially sensitive to the smell of “cat’s trickle”. In women with an unstable nervous system, this smell causes more than just a state of discomfort. It literally acts physiologically, giving rise to a state of either panic or depression. Men, on the other hand, react to it less pronounced, but the general atmosphere of tension in the family often provokes in them an extremely irritated and sometimes aggressive mood towards the animal. Due to these circumstances, serious family conflicts are quite possible, which threaten to develop into a real scandal. A husband, for example, tries to carry out an “educational action” regarding the culprit of all troubles, in an irritated state acts rudely, like a man; the wife, who has just recovered from another tantrum, discovers a secretly returned at night, a pet, searched in vain for several days, sweetly sleeping on a pile of just ironed linen, in particular, on a favorite nightgown, trimmed with handmade lace, since it was she who was neatly laid over the groaning of the sheets – so as not to get wrinkled. The wife, who has just shouted at the bewildered animal in powerless anger, turns her anger on her husband. “Don’t you dare touch the little one!” She shouts, seeing her husband take the sleepy Vasily by the scruff of the neck and try to take him out the window. “He’s not to blame!” “Is he a little one?” The husband shouts in response. “This lustful creature eaten up with meat and fish, these half-pounds of shabby fur and claws — you call him little? !! I would have thought better of children! ..” trimmed with handmade lace, since it was she who was neatly laid over the moan of the sheets – so as not to wrinkle. The wife, who has just shouted at the bewildered animal in powerless anger, turns her anger on her husband. “Don’t you dare touch the little one!” She shouts, seeing her husband take the sleepy Vasily by the scruff of the neck and try to take him out the window. “He’s not to blame!” “Is he a little one?” The husband shouts in response. “This lustful creature eaten up with meat and fish, these half-pounds of shabby fur and claws — you call him little? !! I would have thought better of children! ..” trimmed with handmade lace, since it was she who was neatly laid over the moan of the sheets – so as not to wrinkle. The wife, who has just shouted at the bewildered animal in powerless anger, turns her anger on her husband. “Don’t you dare touch the little one!” She shouts, seeing her husband take the sleepy Vasily by the scruff of the neck and try to take him out the window. “He’s not to blame!” “Is he a little one?” The husband shouts in response. “This lustful creature, eaten up with meat and fish, these half-pounds of shabby fur and claws — you call him little? !! I would have thought better of children! ..” how the husband takes the sleepy Vasily by the scruff of the neck and tries to escort him out the window. “He’s not guilty!” “Is he small? – the husband shouts back. – This lustful creature, eaten up by meat and fish, these half-pounds of shabby wool and claws – you call him a little one ?! I would have thought better of children! .. ” how the husband takes the sleepy Vasily by the scruff of the neck and tries to escort him out the window. “He’s not guilty!” “Is he small? – the husband shouts back. – This lustful creature, eaten up by meat and fish, these half-pounds of shabby wool and claws – you call him a little one ?! I would have thought better of children! .. “

On the remark “children” children run in (shouting “he is good!”). Vasily sleepily does not understand what is happening, but intuitively feels that while they temporarily forgot about him, it is better to get away from sin. And he finds nothing cleverer than dragging a smelly tail over the carpet, sneaking up to the opened door of the wardrobe and slowly crawling into its dark depths, hiding between the fur trim of a woman’s winter coat and the day’s dress pants of the owner of the house. A warm sweater made of “Angora” (not from a cat, of course, but from high-quality woolen yarn, which is so called) perfectly replaces his “bedding”, on which they could not accustom him to sleep in spite of all efforts.

By the way, I will say the following; Your animal (of any sex), with proper upbringing, will learn to go about its business “where you show it; it will eat its breakfasts and dinners where you put food, but the cat will choose a place to sleep and rest in your house on its own! will sleep where she wants! And with this you will have to accept. Overcome the stubbornness of a cat or cat in this matter is impossible. The only thing you can do is put a special bedding or rug on the place chosen by your pet – the animal will not oppose this object, on the contrary, will take your initiative with enthusiasm.

After reading the previous few pages, the reader might think: “Positively, the author of the book is some kind of cat-hater! She did her best to dissuade us from the decision to have a cat. Probably only cats live in her house.” Nothing like this! Our family has both a cat and a cat (accordingly, there are kittens of both sexes). And in the houses of several of our friends (I assure you, quite decent people!) Both cats and cats live. With respect to the notorious “smell”, the owners of cats get out of the situation in different ways, in accordance with their ideas about comfort.

In one family, a cat is regularly rinsed “pants”, he got used to it from childhood and does not mind. In another family, the cat is not bathed, but (again, from childhood) he is accustomed not to enter the rooms – he is allowed to be in the spacious hallway, kitchen and vestibule that separates the house from the yard. They talk to him, pet him, feed him well, and greet him happily when he returns from “distant wanderings,” and the cat considers his life to be very successful. The kindest and smartest castrated cat has been living in another family for many years – it is clear that he cannot have any problems with the “smell”.

By the way, rumors about the aggressiveness and cunning of castrated cats are false. Of course, such animals have features of behavior and appearance, but cunning and aggressiveness in cats, as a rule; either a consequence of neurosis (or even psychosis), or a congenital trait inherited from parents who suffered from this trait – most often the homeless. Indeed, among the “garbage” cats and cats, it is precisely those individuals that behave in relation to a person especially that are distinguished by an increased survival rate. cautiously, but with direct contact – aggressively: they desperately break free, seriously scratched with claws; really, to the blood, bite. After all, you yourself understand that very few people will try to pick up a stray cat with good intentions. Another thing is to feed a “no-man’s” animal, and many do this. But in this case, it never occurs to anyone to take the cat in their arms – they will leave food on a piece of paper, in a tin can or simply on the ground, somewhere near garbage cans and containers. And the animal will calmly feast on a handout when you move away.

Unfortunately, there is also such an extremely unpleasant phenomenon: the cat is not limited to the street and the yard, trying to satisfy his need to let others know what territory he considers subject to his person. And diligently and persistently proves his rights to property right in the apartment. In a healthy, full-fledged animal, such a whim is a rarity, an episode. Most often this is the result of a one-time severe stress.


In such a strange way (this is probably a kind of self-affirmation) the cat is putting its nervous system in order. But if the kitten had a “difficult childhood”, if in adolescence it suffered from beatings, pursuits of dogs, in the apartment of its owners for some reason was forced to constantly hide (from a too annoying and noisy domestic dog, from unceremoniously ill-mannered children; from workers making prolonged repairs in the room, etc.), in short, if he was not psychologically able to develop normally, then the habit of “shaking his tail” and marking the legs of chairs, your children’s soft toys, shoes in the hallway and bags with products; inadvertently placed on the kitchen floor, such a habit will become a way of life for him. Your outraged exclamations, panic, vanity,

This is exactly the case where the rule that “such a disease is much easier to prevent than to cure” is absolutely valid. It is sometimes simply impossible to cure an animal with a psyche mutilated in this way in your usual home conditions. I know of a case when the owners of a cat (in all other respects, except for the ability to deal with animals, the nicest people) were forced to euthanize him, tormenting (and tormenting the animal) for two years. By this time, the cat was already a complete psychopath: in sincere attempts to understand why the owners were so unhappy, he invented more and more sophisticated ways of “pouring a stream” in the most incredible places and on the most unthinkable objects in the apartment. He became aggressive and cowardly at the same time, at times began not only to mark, but also to shit in inappropriate places,

His gait, constantly pressed ears and head pulled into his shoulders, were a pitiful and frightening sight, in human imagination associated with the appearance of a vile, insidious, cowardly and stupid creature. And the original reason for the drama was as follows: at the time when the kitten was 3-4 months old, a major overhaul began in the house. The owners did not forget to feed their pet, but the rest of the time they completely stopped paying attention to it. The kitten, frightened to death by the constant rumble, harsh sounds, loud voices and heavy steps of the hard workers, sat for days on the top shelf in a closet freed from things. Namely, by the time the repair was completed, the grown-up cat had the first impulses to “go to the roof” – that is, to get acquainted with the kitty.

Out of inexperience, he “drove up” with courtship to a large, experienced, besides pregnant cat and learned a lesson that put an end not only at the end of this particular unsuccessful romance, but also disfigured his cat biography for the rest of his life. If it hadn’t been for the previous chronic stress of sitting in the closet for weeks, the cat would certainly have recovered from the slight shock of a love failure.

And soon, having learned from bitter experience, he would have become much more discriminating in his claims to success with local “brides”. The third factor that led to the tragedy was the educational measures applied to the cat by the owners – the notorious “poking” with the nose at what they had done (we will talk about this ridiculous way of instilling cleanliness skills in the animal), attempts to force the animal out into the yard, just emotional reactions in the form of screams , stamping feet, wordy lectures. By the way, cats perfectly understand lectures, if the rest of the time they talk a lot and seriously – do not forget, by the way, the “cat concerts”: cats have an amazing ear for music; the sounds they use to communicate with each other and with people are unusually diverse, the “speech” of a cat, and especially a cat, is very richly intoned,

Many cats also understand not only the speech addressed directly to them, but also the text of the conversation between people, if the topic of the conversation is the cat itself or his actions. By their behavior, such cats clearly demonstrate that the content of the conversation is somehow accessible to the herd: they literally do (repeat) what the owner just told about. And the expression on the cat’s face, the moment when he listens carefully to the conversation between people, leaves no doubt that he is unusually interested in listening to stories about his little exploits a little more.

This feature is more characteristic of cats than cats. It is much more important for them to have good vocal abilities and a sophisticated ear for intonation – only cats take part in “cat concerts” (and this is a kind of martial arts). The cat plays the role of a spectator and a prize at the same time. In addition, for most of its life, a cat is absorbed in caring for its offspring and therefore, with all its affection and goodwill, it will never become such a good companion for you as a cat. Cats, of course, are not as playful as cats, but in most cases they are much more emotional and expressive.

True, if your communication with an animal is limited to feeding, cleaning the “toilet” and occasionally stroking the back, you will never know what hidden possibilities of amazingly close emotional and intellectual contact between you and your pet were lost in vain.

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