You have carefully considered all the information you received about the characteristics of cats and cats and, finally, opted for the option that, in spite of everything, you would consider the most acceptable. And the question arose before you: where, in fact, to get a kitten? It would seem that this is not a problem. Many of your friends have domestic cats. On the street – in basements and attics – live “no man’s” animals. You have seen more than once how a skinny, shabby cat comes out from behind a mountain of boxes and boxes piled up near the wall of a house destined for scrapping, carefully sniffing and carefully looking around the surroundings, and a minute later, another, obeying its call , from under the pile of garbage, very tiny, but strong and cheerful kids, briskly run out and start frolicking. They look, unlike their mother, quite well-groomed and well-fed. As you can see, the stray cat made every effort to ensure that her children live freely, satisfyingly and cheerfully at least now, while they are very young and their life and safety completely depend on her agility, dexterity, cunning and extremely developed maternal instinct. Not quite “master’s”, but not quite “stray” animals live in shops, cafes, restaurants, institutions, even in clinics and (rarely) in schools and other educational institutions. Finally, kittens are sold inexpensively on weekends at the gates of regular grocery markets. Which option is preferable? Where exactly can I get a kitten? cunning and highly developed maternal instinct. Not quite “master’s”, but not quite “stray” animals live in shops, cafes, restaurants, institutions, even in clinics and (rarely) in schools and other educational institutions. Finally, kittens are sold inexpensively on weekends at the gates of regular grocery markets. Which option is preferable? Where exactly can I get a kitten? cunning and highly developed maternal instinct. Not quite “master’s”, but not quite “stray” animals live in shops, cafes, restaurants, institutions, even in clinics and (rarely) in schools and other educational institutions. Finally, kittens are sold inexpensively on weekends at the gates of regular grocery markets. Which option is preferable? Where exactly can I get a kitten?
Which a person gives to a certain color of domestic animals and birds is rarely accidental. There is usually a much more compelling reason for this preference than it might seem at first glance. This reason may have roots in the depths of the subconscious or in some unusually important, almost erased from the memory of childhood memories. In addition, it is not a secret that any individual features of the appearance of a person and a higher animal are closely related to quite definite internal properties: the nature of perception, peculiarities of the psyche, tendencies to certain types of activity, the presence or absence of various kinds of abilities and talents, in short, with the whole being the individual. A person’s nationality is determined not only by the language that he uses on a daily basis. Noticed that the features of the national mentality are inherent not only to people who grew up and brought up in the cultural traditions of their people, but also to those of them who, by chance in infancy, found themselves in a foreign land and, it would seem, completely adopted both the language and the way of life of the inhabitants of a distant country. We, of course, understand that among the Italians there are some individuals who do not have an ear for music and are alien to aesthetics, but this does not prevent us from saying: “Italians are an unusually musical people!” Surely in Germany you can meet a German-slob and slob; but we all know perfectly well that “the Germans are accurate, pedantic and love accuracy.” I am sure that you can easily distinguish a group of Frenchmen from a group of Swedes at any meeting (even if both of them talk, for example, in English or you won’t be able to hear them speak at all). Why am I talking about this? It seems to me that it will be permissible (at least within the framework of a metaphor) to compare various types of ordinary (not purebred) cats and cats with the nationalities of people. Agree that no matter how one of us is penetrated by the bottom of internationalism, the peculiarities of representatives of certain nationalities, their art, culture, traditions of communication, the properties of temperament are closer and more pleasant to us than the characteristics of the inhabitants of some other country.
If you allow yourself to imagine that cats differ in their feline national characteristics, which are reflected in their external features – physique, skull shape (and accordingly – facial features), coat color, coat structure, “talkativeness” or on the contrary, silence, in preference for some hunting methods over others; if you give free rein to your imagination and at the same time make your attention and your observation to work at full capacity, then the pleasure that you will experience from communicating with your four-legged friends and from observing their habits will be immeasurable! Of course, taking a tiny kitten into the house, it is impossible to foresee everything. But it is possible and necessary to try not to make a gross blunder.
It’s one thing to feed, water, and otherwise serve a generally glorious animal with whom you might want to have a closer intellectual contact than what you get in practice. And it is quite another thing to endure in the house, in principle, an alien creature that you do not like, despite its cleanliness, decent behavior and objectively normal appearance. Judge for yourself, what’s good about it? Considering, moreover, that such a situation is not at all a given that could not be avoided, and that at one time you had a choice. But you probably went along with the circumstances or just rushed. No need to rush!
In this regard, let’s talk about the method of acquiring a kitten, which immediately comes to mind as the most correct and appropriate!
At first glance, it seems that the most correct thing would be to take a kitten from friends. Your friends are definitely “decent people”. You know their cat many times, you may have played with her, heard about her wonderful intelligence, outstanding cleanliness and good character. You are sure that in this house you will not be deceived – they will not “slip” a sick or inferior animal. And so you, having made up your mind, tell your friends: “When your Lisa will have kittens; I really wanted (would) like to take from you a kitty, preferably a tortoiseshell, at least black, but with a brown tint, and always with a fluffy tail, but not like the “pomelo”, but so that the fur is in all directions, like on a brush for washing bottles, but if it is all too fluffy, then it is not necessary, otherwise it will have to be combed out (so I was told),
I can imagine the expression of the ever-deepening universal grief on the faces with which the owners of Liza will listen to your worried monologue. World grief, of course, will be their organic reaction to your suddenly discovered (and still carefully hidden) dementia. “Oh! Yes, yes … Of course! ..” – your friend mutters in response, and his wife, pursing her lips with businesslike attention, nods her head and adds: “I see, understandably! Tortoiseshell. With a tail.
including tortoiseshell, are available in a large assortment. And in the end they will shut up, giving up before your argument that “you buy kittens on the market from unknown parents, and, then, we may have lichen, worms, ticks, fleas, bedbugs and God knows what disgusting” … And after a while you will receive a call or a visit from your friends. “Here!” They say happily. “You wanted a kitten? Liza gave birth to three yesterday. Since you ordered, we left all three. They are lovely! Two redheads with white, and one is completely white and, it seems, with a tail – as you asked, however, this is still not visible yet, but all – cats! Or seals, In any case, they all have the same there! You can take anyone, but you want – even two. We would give you all – you love animals , we know, – but you hardly want three cats in the house at once, there is so much trouble with them! “You are at a dead end.” And … tortoiseshell? .. “- you ask in confusion. -” Well, what can we do! – say your friends with slight resentment. – Lisa is not an incubator. Are you refusing? This is somehow even … dishonorable. Why did we leave all three, if not so that you could choose? Do you know how difficult it can be to get kittens into good hands? Don’t throw Lisa’s kittens out into the street !!! ” how difficult is it to get kittens into good hands? Don’t throw Lisa’s kittens out into the street !!! ” how difficult is it to get kittens into good hands? Do not throw Lisa’s kittens out into the street !!! “
As a result, connected with the need to maintain good relations with friends, you find yourself the owner of a completely unplanned white cat. Instead of the subject of your dreams – a graceful tortoiseshell cat with a small head and amber eyes. And six months later, in the arms of a neat old woman, with a submissive expression in her eyes, standing near the gates of the market, you see her – that very adorable tiny motley cat with big ears and a clever little face. But! .. You perfectly remember that while you are admiring this little one, a huge beast with disheveled hair the color of soldier’s underpants during the First World War is wandering around your deserted apartment like a restlessness; sadly dragging his shaggy tail over the dusty parquet floor, he goes into the kitchen and out of boredom for a long time and with concentration “washes” the high hind leg and the adjacent
And maybe quite the opposite! In your apartment, annoying you with its fussiness and sharp movements, a malicious, nimble like a weasel, an animal with a reddish face, as if sprinkled with coal, will dart around melancholic white cat.
Of course, you will be kind to your cat or cat, even if it is not exactly what you wanted. But still, sometimes you will involuntarily think: “Well, nothing. Next time! .. Someday later! ..” This innocent “later”, by the way, in water in ordinary speech means: when the cat dies or will run away and will not return. Yes. Only this and nothing else. There is something unsympathetic about this.
But – suit, color, color, and there are things more serious. For example, due to circumstances, submit not to your own addiction, but to social conditions, one of my acquaintances was forced to become the mistress of a very aggressive cat with a bad character. And this despite the fact that even at a very young age, the kitten’s aggressiveness and uncontrollability were evident, and my friend had extensive experience with cats and could not help but notice the bad temper in the baby. Only my friend’s own surprisingly good character and a philosophical attitude towards everything around – both in nature and in her own home – made it possible to make the community of a clearly neurotic cat and a person benign enough and somehow adjust the character traits of the animal for the better. Regular visits to the “groom”, bearing kittens, childbirth and care of babies also benefited the kitty. By the way, many cats, being in their youth not so much “evil” as unceremonious in their behavior with people, and especially in games, having passed the “school of motherhood”, often became very delicate and balanced.
However, you do not yet have such a rich experience as my friend. So don’t risk it. Do not forget that a cat in the house is for a long time, for her whole cat life! If you already take a kitten from friends, be careful. Do not hesitate to bring a more experienced friend with you, a woman is better – they are much more attentive than men, especially to little things. In addition, a woman with great tact will be able to help you refuse to take a kitten, if you come to such a decision. In this case, a solid argument on your part will be the idea expressed aloud that you are extremely serious about the future fate of the animal and that this is why, taking care of the general – the kitten, your friends, your own – well-being, you prefer to honestly say “no” …
And in the event that the kitten that your friends suggested to you, in general, coincides in its main features with your idea of what you want, then do not hesitate under any pretexts (including the true one) to go to the house where your future pet is growing up more often. Watch him. Note the characteristic features of his behavior and share them with your more experienced acquaintances. But not to the owners of the kitten! They can be unwittingly biased.
For example, at the age of 4-5 weeks, kittens are already trying to get out of the box or box, where they first live with their mother. And now you notice that two brothers (or sisters) of your chosen one are briskly climbing over the cardboard obstacle back and forth, pushing merrily and trying to push the opponent onto the floor or nest, onto the mat. And your cat sits in the corner and watches what is happening with its eyes, only occasionally, as if taking part in the game in its own way, sits on its hind legs, and, spreading its front legs wide and fiercely, lifts it up, making it look like a tiny circus bear. And that’s it!
It can be assumed that this cat has a calmer temperament. There is nothing surprising in the fact that he sleeps sweetly in the most bizarre position, while his brothers frolic with might and main and sometimes run right over her fluffy back, stepping on his sleepy muzzle, paws, tail! The sleeping kitten’s position can be the most ridiculous. The only thing that should alert you is an open mouth. Healthy kittens sleep with their mouths closed.
Ask to put the kitten in front of us on the table or on the back of the sofa so that he feels free. Pay attention to yourself, talk to him. Look him straight in the eye. Very intelligent cats and cats (as well as human children) can be distinguished by their ability at a very young age to fix their eyes on objects of interest to them, in particular, on the face and eyes of a person. This look cannot be confused with anything. Subjectively, it is perceived as meaningful. If your kitten, being in a calm environment, meaningfully looks into your face and reacts with the movement of eyes, lips, ears to your speech and facial expressions – you have made a valuable acquisition! You can be congratulated.
But even in the event that the kitten pays little attention to you, but walks around the table anywhere, then starting to play with a lighter, then trying to touch a flower hanging from a vase with its paw – there is nothing terrible: it does not necessarily grow stupid. Moreover, the acquisition of the basic skills of cleanliness and decent behavior in the house is not very related to the individual intellectual abilities of the cat.
But if your plans do not include raising an excellent rat-catcher, give up the idea of having a kitten that is only engaged in “hunting” at the age of six weeks – for a pencil lying on the table, for an apple in a plate, for your sleeve, newspaper, lipstick, a pan, an encyclopedia volume, a sofa, a chest of drawers, your own shadow and a “mouse” with which you work on your computer. All these are signs of a typical “rat-catcher”. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to convince your grown animal that the included iron, as well as the hefty-sized thick tailed beet brought from the bazaar, as well as the shoe with laces seductively hanging on the sides, is not a rat!
If you do not have enough rats in your house, get ready for the fact that not only the notorious grandmother’s balls of hand knitting thread, but also tubes of toothpaste in the bathroom, and apple candy in a vase on the table, and plasticine hares will be “strangled to death” , which your little daughter so carefully placed around a doll Christmas tree, and every single New Year’s firecrackers, not to mention the loudly exploding firecrackers that are unsafe in all respects, which your little home pyrotechnician – son or grandson – has stocked up with.
However, you will not get bored with the “rat-catcher”. But still, it is better to keep such a cat for owners of private houses. He has a lot of trouble in a small apartment. It is extremely difficult, almost impossible, to wean him from hunting on your own feet. When he, sneaking up unnoticed, suddenly in a graceful jump overtakes the “victim” – your bare foot in a slipper, – and, with all his strength grabbing it with sharp claws so that it does not have time to escape “into the hole”, tries to “bite her throat” , then, I must tell you, this feeling is not weak! “Pied Piper” are not at all aggressive towards humans. Just what can you do if there is no rat nearby? Especially small children suffer from such kittens. If your family has babies, postpone the acquisition of the “rat catcher” until later.
In general, if you have a stressful lifestyle and you want to relax at home, and you like to experience the thrill sitting in front of the TV screen, then the “couch cat” will suit you.
You have come to your friends who have kittens. With the permission of the owners (and the mother-cat, of course!), Take the kitten in your hand. In general, it is advisable to carry small kittens from place to place by the scruff of the neck, as a cat does. They take this treatment for granted. They do not squeak, do not get scared, do not try to escape. Just practice first: after carefully watching how the cat gently grabs the baby with its teeth and drags him into the nest, touch the scruff with your fingers, try to lightly squeeze the skin between the ears, on the neck, between the shoulder blades. You will intuitively feel where the very place on the nape of the neck is, grabbing onto which you will not harm the kitten. But in order to define the “sofa cat”, you should take it in your hand in an ordinary, human way. That is, in such a way that the little body, the hind legs and tail of the animal hung in the air, and the front legs, chest and head rose above the index and thumb. How does the kitten behave? Screaming with fright in a voice that is not her own? Squirming, trying to slip out of your hand? Hisses, ferociously opening a pink mouth full of small, sharp teeth? Or does it hang melancholy between your fingers, looking at your face with tense bewilderment?
If the latter, then you are holding the future “couch cat” in your hands. While you, without letting the kitten out of your hands, are thinking about whether this is really a “couch cat”, the baby may suddenly fall asleep. Right like this – hanging in the air, in the hands of a stranger. Why not take a nap, actually? Contemplated-contemplated from a comfortable position – relax, digest the impressions. Moreover, finally, no one climbs with continuous “washing”, no one runs around you, sleeping, stamping shaggy paws on the sides and on the muzzle, no one bites the tail and tickles the mustache. Yes, undoubtedly, it is calm and not bad at all! The eyes close by themselves.
Despite the seeming phlegmatic or melancholy, “couch cats” are deeply emotional, extremely responsive and contact with people. Many of them, while awake, like to “talk” – to share impressions, complain about problems, talk about the state of the “toilet”, ask (and very persistently) to put things in order there, just gladly “answer” your questions and reasoning aloud. you will hear a lot of interesting things, I assure you! With a ball of foil or an onion, the “sofa cat” will also play with pleasure, you will see a whole performance called “Insidious Onion”, this performance, however, asking for two minutes, no more, but it will be played especially for you – you will immediately understand it … Be sure to discuss with your four-legged actor the merits and demerits of the show, he will also take part in the discussion. The richness of intonations and expressiveness of facial expressions of “talkative sofa cats” are simply amazing. But even the “silent”, being extremely affectionate and liberated, will delight you with their calm good nature, unconditional readiness at any time to put at your disposal their fluffy belly, ears, cozy soft paws, stroke, squeeze, wrinkle for your pleasure! And if you are a human child, even more so! It is permissible for you to do something that even a rag hare would not allow regarding his person. The “sofa cat” can be lifted by the hind ones – it will sleep hanging upside down. It can be thrown casually over your shoulder, like a fur scarf – he just blinks with pleasure. Children drag such cats by their tails, dragging them along the smooth floor like a sack on a string. And the “huge toothy beast” is not at all angry. However, dear adults, it is not necessary to pass on the content of the previous lines to your minor sons and daughters! If a “sofa cat” settles in your house, they themselves will figure out what’s what. But suddenly, out of inexperience, your boy will mix something up and try to roll not your “couch cat” by the tail on the parquet, but the neighbor’s “cat that walks by itself.” Only troubles will come out of this! Trust me. It is not necessary to pass on the contents of the preceding lines to your minor sons and daughters! If a “sofa cat” settles in your house, they themselves will figure out what’s what. But suddenly, out of inexperience, your boy will mix something up and try to roll not your “couch cat” by the tail on the parquet, but the neighbor’s “cat that walks by itself.” Only troubles will come out of this! Trust me. It is not necessary to pass on the contents of the preceding lines to your minor sons and daughters! If a “sofa cat” settles in your house, they themselves will figure out what’s what. But suddenly, out of inexperience, your boy will mix something up and try to roll not your “couch cat” by the tail on the parquet, but the neighbor’s “cat that walks by itself.” Only troubles will come out of this! Trust me.
If the little kitten you picked up desperately squeaks, escapes, perhaps even scratches, most likely, an “independent” cat or “a cat that walks by itself” will grow out of it. The advantage of these animals is that they are not annoying. They will not follow you around the apartment, persistently begging to be played with or stroked. They will not sit for a full hour near the refrigerator, filling the house with plaintive, heartbreaking groans and screams. Of course, if you forgot to feed the animal in time, it will hint to you that it would be time to have dinner, perhaps, and will meow a little about this. But, without waiting for the prescribed portion of fish or meat trimmings, he either silently sits near his trough waiting for feeding, or … just pulls something off the table, until you turn away or walk out of the kitchen for a minute. An “independent” cat tries to solve his problems on his own. “A cat that walks by itself” can be quite domestic and not feel the need to hang out at night who knows where. She can be very affectionate, often loves to “purr” with pleasure when you stroke her and just like that, to anyone, by itself, with the pleasure of lying on a warm cozy steam heating battery. She will jump into your arms and try to get comfortable on your lap, especially when you are busy with an activity that is poorly compatible with stroking the cat at the same time. For example, let’s say you’re about to sew with a sewing machine. Or put in order the business papers that you took home from work. Or you are writing a home essay (an abstract in geography, an assignment in algebra). Maybe, the cat will begin to “help” you. “Independent” cats, despite their independence, are very fond of “helping” their owners to cope with their household chores. Together with the hostess, “sweep the floor” – showing one by one where it has already been swept, and where it should now be carried out with a broom. (“Pied Piper” also takes part in cleaning the apartment, but in his own manner: in his opinion, a floor rag wrapped around a mop should be watched over, hiding under the sofa. And then, of course, “strangle”, and possibly tear to pieces: “All sorts of fiddling around here! And here we are! ..”). (The “independent” cat loves to help cut food for cooking dinner – she will sit next to the cutting board and use her foot to adjust the position of the knife relative to the bunch of lettuce, regardless of your assurances, that you will do a great job yourself. She will want to sit on your shoulder at the very moment when it occurred to you to stretch out and do some exercises with forward bends. If you squat down to find a spool of thread rolled under the table, your cat will immediately jump on your back and try to lie down there to take a nap in its Pleasure.
But now you are free from household chores. Now is the time to take your affectionate good friend in your arms and scratch behind her ear. It was not so! The cat will certainly (with a displeased look or with delicate disgust) wriggle out of your master’s hands, step aside and sit at a distance, turning away from you and only occasionally glancing in your direction with the deepest contempt and indifference. True, after a while she can change her anger to mercy and make you happy with her presence. But he will try to choose the very moment for this when you are completely not disposed to communicate. For example, they decided to touch up their nails with varnish, or make a cosmetic mask, or simply try to fix an alarm clock that had stopped long ago on their own. Sometimes it seems like your pet is doing her best to to prove her independence, which no one denies her anyway! “I do what I want!” – it would seem, she says with her behavior, and fighting her habits is a hopeless business.
If you start to fight actively – the cat will decide that she was offered to play a fun game called “who will win” and will gladly take part in it, showing sharpness and ingenuity in comparison with which similar qualities will affect the verge of pronounced dementia … In general, “independent” cats and cats have one weakness: they love to play. They just can’t resist playing with you if you’ve already started a game. But, of course, they do not allow themselves (like a “couch cat” or “rat catcher”) just like that, right away, to rush to catch up with a ball or an empty reel thrown by you. They will wait for half a minute, watch with pretended indifference how you are doing stupid things: throw a ball with inviting exclamations and catch it yourself. But then the cat’s nerves will break down. At all, If you want to involve an “independent” cat in any activity, it would be best to start a business and suddenly suddenly demonstrate your complete indifference to him. Moreover, the more the indifference is “artificial”, fake, the sooner and with great success the cat will react to the provocation. “Independent” cats, like “sofa” ones, are wonderful artists, which cannot be said about pragmatic “rat-catchers”.
If your personality does not match the character and temperament of your furry friend, you may experience chronic discomfort. By mistakenly sheltering a “rat-catcher” in the house, you risk turning your apartment into a kind of “hunting grounds” or a kind of military training ground, which you will not particularly like if you do not like the hustle and bustle. If you are constantly annoyed by the slowness of those around you at home and at work, get a “couch” cat, you will start to get nervous, at any time of the day or night you find exactly in the very place where you were just going to lie down, sit down, step, put your bag, put a vase , hang up a jacket, in short – everywhere (!) – a shaggy bag stretched out in full length, full of puffing, indifference and bliss. As a “rat catcher” for a nervous hostess, it creates the impression of a well-organized “capture group” in the apartment, so for an active, energetic owner, a “sofa cat” will evoke the image of a universal shelter, who knows why has found a place in his house. Well, if you are suspicious, suspicious, you consider April Fools’ rallies to be a wild, unnecessary tradition, and most of your friends, for reasons unknown to you, are cunning, insidious and are looking for opportunities to “use” you for their own selfish purposes, in this case beware deal with a “cat that walks by itself” or with an “independent” cat. You will not find a common language, And you and the animal will feel uneasy. But you will get worse. Since the animal, precisely because of the independence of its character,
But now, having thought well of the above, and also having analyzed the information that your acquaintances who are experienced in communicating with cats have provided you, you have come to the correct conclusion that choosing a kitten is a serious matter. And since observing the behavior of the baby while he is not yet your property, it is most convenient if he is in a place known to you and accessible for visiting, that is, in the house of your friends, owners of a mother cat, then you you decide to get a kitten from friends.
You know the conditions in which your friends live. Imagine what their attitudes are regarding the hygienic state of the apartment, how they relate to various kinds of diseases of animals and people (panicky, philosophical or constructive). If you have little information, start a casually conversation about fleas, leaves, infectious diseases; listen to what your friends generally think about these issues. It is advisable to collect such information before you express your desire to acquire a kitten. Also, if the owners of the kittens are not particularly close friends to you, try to find out in advance (if it is not obvious) whether the mother of your chosen one belongs to especially rare, thoroughbred animals. If she is not “Persian”, then you, due to inexperience, may not even assume that this is a very clumsy, skinny creature with a “garbage can”, tortured expression on the face, entered in the elite lists. By asking for a kitten, you yourself may find yourself in an awkward position and confuse the owners of the cat. Kittens are possibly expensive and a source of income for the family.
But, let’s say, your close friends simply don’t have a cat. Perhaps there are cats, but they are of little use in terms of acquiring a kitten. Or barren cats – this also does not solve your problem. What to do? And now an interesting thought comes to your mind. “Shouldn’t I kill two birds with one stone? – you think. – Get a cat and, at the same time, do a good deed?” After all, kittens from a pet of their owners, one way or another, will be attached to good hands. And what fate awaits these unfortunate kids? Those who frolic and play near a pile of half-rotten boxes on the outskirts of a wasteland pretty littered with household waste, located not far from your house? They wrestle merrily with each other, briskly jerk up wide apart with their front paws raised high, wash, squint, looking at the spring sun, but when you approach, they immediately run away with businesslike seriousness, raising their fluffy tail high, similar to a silk brush, with which they remove moisture, in the tubular cavity of a concert flute after the part has been played. At this time, their skinny, shabby mother, with an expression of chronic longing on a gray grimy face, rummages in a garbage can, hastily retrieves an eyeless herring head from under a mountain of potato husks and rotten cabbage stumps and, choking, devours it, crunching loudly with dried gill lids. All this is done by her under the contemptuous glances of the fat, well-groomed master’s snowflakes and leopards, directed at her from the balcony railings and window sills of the neighboring house. What fate awaits her unsuspecting children, no less cheerful, playful and tailed than the “home” children of well-fed balcony beauties? A sad fate. At best, the same as their mother. At worst, an early death. Sanitary inspection services, fighting dogs, which are kept in large numbers in our times in ordinary city apartments, “bad boys”, car wheels – these are the most common causes of the death of stray animals.
And now a completely good thought comes to your mind: “Why not take this black-and-white baby into the house? Or this adorable three-colored kitty?” By the way, here you will never be mistaken in choosing the gender of your future pet – there are no tricolor (black-white-red) cats! This color is inherent only in cats due to some genetic factors. “I will satisfy my need to have a cat and at the same time save an innocent living being from a bitter fate!” – you think. But the maxim that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” fits this situation perfectly. Of course, in this case we mean hell in a figurative sense. But your life together with an animal born and raised in a basement, in a garbage dump, in the ruins of a dilapidated structure, may well turn into a small, dwarf hell, Of course, it is quite possible that you get lucky. And the boy will grow into the owner of a wonderful character and aristocratic manners. I even know a specific case when a kitten, found in a pile of watermelons, prepared for sale on the market, became for my close friend the most beloved cat, the most, one and only, one about which legends were made, jokes were told and even poems were composed. … No one knows who the parents of this wonderful animal in all respects were. It is also unknown how this reddish cat with a “sphinx face” ended up in the watermelon rows. But…! But she was not born, after all, right there, not far from the large trading scales, among striped watermelons and golden melons brought from the countryside? Rather, the kitten was simply “thrown up” – in the hope, that a pretty kitty will be taken by “good people”. Therefore, it is highly likely that her mother was a domestic cat.
If you have not kept cats before, then most likely you are reading these lines with a little bewilderment. Or even annoyed. “Well, what’s the difference here? – you say. – You might think that ordinary city cats are” wild “and” domestic “, like goats or pigs, for example. A cat is a cat. Here is a lynx or a Shanghai leopard – that’s another matter, although they also belong to felines. And a cat … a cat cannot be wild. “
And here you are only partly right. If you have already lived in your house (and lived a full-fledged long life, and did not die in infancy or adolescence!) Any cat or cat, and now you dare to take an animal “from the street” – good luck! You just already know from experience what’s what. But if this is your debut – I beg you, leave this venture! And that’s why. I’ll start with not the main thing. The kitten may have ringworm. “Wow is not the main thing!” – you might think. And I will explain: lichen can be cured. True, this will cost you a pretty penny and take much more time and effort than you might think. Just think about where the animal infected with an infectious disease will be while you are treating? Do not forget that we are talking about a lively, mobile, trusting creature, and not about immersed in your own complex reflections, a tortoise that is completely indifferent to you, which, without harm to the animal and its psyche, can be temporarily isolated in a box or old suitcase, or about a person who can be explained how to behave so as not to infect others. How are you going to protect yourself and your loved ones (especially children) from contact with “everyone’s favorite” for several days, or even weeks? And this is without having any experience in caring for even healthy animals! or even weeks? And this – without having any experience in caring for even healthy animals! or even weeks? And this – without any experience in caring for even healthy animals!
However, I repeat, with enough patience and dedication on your part, lichen can, in principle, be cured. Fleas, ticks, worms are also not the biggest problem. You can fight against fleas with a special collar or regularly choose insects from the animal’s fur. There are fast-acting, harmless and quite effective drugs for worms. The scabies mite is a more serious problem, it is about the same level as ringworm. You cannot do without the help of specialists. It is quite possible that the whole family will have to be treated – the presence of an itch mite in the subcutaneous layers of the animal is not noticeable at first glance. Unfortunately, a person can find out about the infection of an animal even when he discovers severe itchy rashes on his own body. But there are cures for scabies too! Although the treatment is not cheap;
But even if you are a person who is not constrained in funds, and you have time on the order of several weeks that you can devote to your “charity work”, then, you must agree, you do not want to devote several years of your life to taming a very aggressive, fearful, unpredictable in its behavior as an animal, while initially the idea was completely different: just to have in the house an affectionate, funny animal, with whose relatives many of your friends perfectly find a common language and do not experience any special problems. Yes, I must admit that the majority of “garbage” cats are innately aggressive and have poor contact with humans. The fact is that people keep cats in their homes for hundreds, and maybe even thousands of years. But in the house, right next to the person, only an animal with a “good” character (in the mind of man) could take root. That is, it does not show malice, fearfulness towards people – its owners and their guests. What fate could await a kitten that for no apparent reason bites or painfully scratches its benefactors? A cat who, when trying to pet him, hisses viciously or huddles in a dark corner? Most often, they got rid of such an animal, simply putting it out of the house: let it live wherever it wants, since we didn’t please it! And he will somehow be able to take care of his food – there are plenty of rats, mice, birds, eggs in nests and fish in a stream or pond. who for no apparent reason bites or painfully scratches his benefactors? A cat who, when trying to pet him, hisses viciously or hides in a dark corner? Most often, they got rid of such an animal, simply putting it out of the house: let it live wherever it wants, since we didn’t please it! And he will somehow be able to take care of his food – there are plenty of rats, mice, birds, eggs in nests and fish in a stream or pond. who for no apparent reason bites or painfully scratches his benefactors? A cat who, when trying to pet him, hisses viciously or huddles in a dark corner? Most often, they got rid of such an animal, simply putting it out of the house: let it live wherever it wants, since we didn’t please it! And he will somehow be able to take care of his food – there are plenty of rats, mice, birds, eggs in nests and fish in a stream or pond.
Naturally, the same, albeit in a slightly different form, has been happening in the last decades close to the present. An unmotivatedly aggressive or too shy animal somehow ends up on the street. Many quite respectable people, faced in the very first months of coexistence with the complete lack of contact of a cat or kitty, often, instead of “lulling” an animal that has not taken root in the house, prefer to “bring” the animal away from home, believing that this gives it a chance to survive in conditions, albeit more difficult, but still acceptable, compatible with life in principle. Perhaps they are somewhat right. Probably no. This ethical issue is complex. I give you the opportunity to have your opinion on this matter.
In practice, if an animal found itself on the street through the fault of its owners (aggressiveness was actually a manifestation of neurosis caused by human misbehavior), then it is likely to physically die in the first place. Such a cat (or kitty) will not be able to compete with real street cats in terms of getting food. He will not be able to protect himself from the attack of the dog, deftly dodge the wheels of the car. He will not run headlong from the sanitary worker – yes, he was afraid of his noisy and noisy owners, who were quite capable of hitting or hurting their ears for reasons completely incomprehensible to the kitten. But this does not mean at all that one should be afraid and hate all people!
Only individuals who instinctively treat a person with distrust survive in the conditions of the “street”. Only the most cunning, ruthless, dexterous, careful. Those who have a good relationship with a person in the last place on the list of basic principles of survival. Only a cat, instinctively guided by such a list, is capable of giving birth, saving, feeding and raising kittens. Those of them who, for some reason, do not inherit from their mother (and from the same as the mother, a “wild” cat) the characteristics necessary for survival – that is, strength, endurance, dexterity, and most importantly – dislike for people, are more likely all, they will die in the very first months of life, and never leave offspring. So in the city dumps there is a real (according to Darwin) natural selection, in which a person (not at all setting himself such a goal) is also one of the factors. How is it? But how. If someone had the idea to “do a good deed” and take a kitten from a stray cat, which of the three or four, frolicking near the vent in the wall of the house, would he choose? Those two who, raising their tails, pushing each other away, will rush swiftly into their shelter, with difficulty squeezing through the cracks in the frequent lattice? Someone will be so kind and clever at the same time to follow the fugitives? Of course not. Imbued with a feeling of emotion and compassion, the “kind person”, of course, will pick up the rest: the baby did not understand at all what actually happened. Why did his sisters suddenly run away to the nest, although my mother did not at all call to eat the herring head brought from the “hunt” and drink delicious milk, which she always has with her? And what strange, but undoubtedly not dangerous, huge creature is standing here nearby and looking so intently at him, a kitten? Perhaps it also wants to offer a herring head? Or milk? Or maybe he intends to “wash” well the little face of the feline cub, the face on which the cobweb has adhered and the basement dust has settled? What is it “murmuring” about, a huge strange creature? What is meowing about so kindly and affectionately, almost like mom? on which the cobweb stuck and the basement dust settled? What is it “murmuring” about, a huge strange creature? What is meowing about so kindly and affectionately, almost like mom? on which the cobweb stuck and the basement dust settled? What is it “murmuring” about, a huge strange creature? What is meowing about so kindly and affectionately, almost like mom?
And so the baby, to the horror of his terrified sisters to death, with all their eyes looking at what is happening and just in case with a frightening hiss opening tiny, but very predatory mouths, takes a step towards you, another and tells you his first, very small “meow”, or rather – “m”. His fate has been decided. After the allotted time, your kitty will safely “continue its kind”, but, of course, as a domestic cat. In the same way, in their own way, her fierce and cautious sisters will live in the world for the time they have set. But – as “street” cats. Perhaps their life will be shorter than that of your Betty (Dorothy, Manka, Katka, Stephanie). But it will be full of its charms and virtues, joys and pleasures, which are unknown to domestic darlings – “master’s” cats and cats.
To complete the chapter on purchasing a kitten, let us briefly discuss the possibility of buying a pet “off-hand”. Ordinary kittens “off hand” near the market on Sunday are sold at a purely symbolic price. In fact, the kittens are simply given away. Purchase and sale is a tribute to tradition. With the cost of a kitten equal to the price of a pack of cigarettes or a loaf of bread, it is difficult to imagine that someone, in order to earn extra money, took two or three kittens from a stray cat and came with them to the market, risking unsuccessfully to stand there all Sunday morning, or even the whole day. Therefore, one can be almost sure that the seller of kittens is the owner (mistress) of their mother. Look at this person from a distance, so that he does not find that he is being watched. Whoever it is – a man, a woman, an old woman, teenager – for fifteen minutes of observation, you can draw appropriate conclusions about the personality of the owner of the animals. Take a closer look at his facial expressions, note exactly how he holds the kittens, try to see if he is neatly dressed, in general, rely on your intuition. Forget about the kitten for a while. You still have time to consider the kids. Imagine that their owner is your neighbor and lives nearby. Imagine his intended family, his house, his mother cat living in this house. I cannot offer you any specific recommendations on what exactly and by what criteria you will be able to “calculate” about the situation in which the kittens were born and lived for the first one and a half two months. Just focus, observe and draw conclusions. whether he is neatly dressed, in general, rely on your intuition. Forget about the kitten for a while. You still have time to consider the kids. Imagine that their owner is your neighbor and lives nearby. Imagine his intended family, his house, a mother cat living in this house. I cannot offer you any specific recommendations on what exactly and by what criteria you will be able to “calculate” about the situation in which the kittens were born and lived for the first one and a half two months. Just focus, observe and draw conclusions. whether he is neatly dressed, in general, rely on your intuition. Forget about the kitten for a while. You still have time to consider the kids. Imagine that their owner is your neighbor and lives nearby. Imagine his intended family, his house, a mother cat living in this house. I cannot offer you any specific recommendations on what exactly and by what criteria you will be able to “calculate” about the situation in which the kittens were born and lived for the first one and a half two months. Just focus, observe and draw conclusions. what exactly and on what grounds you will be able to “calculate” about the situation in which kittens were born and lived for the first one and a half two months. Just focus, observe and draw conclusions. what exactly and on what grounds you will be able to “calculate” about the situation in which kittens were born and lived for the first one and a half two months. Just focus, observe and draw conclusions.
And after that, regardless of your conclusions, come up and examine the kids. Then look at the others, go in turn to everyone who sells their animals that day, including the owners of purebred cats, if there are any. Then return again to the owner of the kitten that you liked from the very beginning. Perhaps you will understand that, by and large, this is not that. Or maybe strengthen your initial decision. The main thing is not to rush! I assure you that a queue will hardly gather around your chosen one immediately after you leave and a crush will begin. Do not hurry.
I must warn you that there are exceptions to the above rule that kittens are usually offered by their own owners. Certain subjects (of both sexes), from the category of alcoholics and other marginal individuals, sometimes, in order to get a little drink for a drink, do such a trick. Having procured a single kitten, they take it in their hands, stand among other sellers or at a distance and, greatly exaggerating the degree of their intoxication, they begin to intrusively offer the animal to passers-by, while demonstrating frank arrogance in dealing with the baby. The calculation is simple: any kind-hearted person who did not plan to acquire a cat at all will simply take pity on the poor animal and give the drunkard the required, not too burdensome amount for him. Only to carry the animal around the corner and release, thus protecting from the “pinches” and “pokes” of the imaginary owner – undoubtedly a “cruel and vicious” person. The “villain” deftly traces the path of the “savior” of the kitten, and after a minute or two he again stands in the same place with a small sufferer in his hands and shows his performance to grateful spectators. This will continue until the amount received from the multiple resale of the kitten is sufficient to purchase the coveted “half liter”. Or until someone actually takes the animal home. At this point, the “artist” has no choice but to go home. He will not chase after a real customer. And further. If you buy a kitten on the market during the cold season, then be careful: it may seem to you that you are asking the price of an exceptionally fluffy one, long-haired – “Siberian” – an animal, the owner of a luxurious tail “broom”. And when you bring the baby home and release it on the floor, you will find that this is a completely smooth-haired creature with a thin, “rat” tail and without any signs of “pants” on its hind legs.
Believe me, no one tried to deceive you! It’s just that the baby’s fur “stood on end” from the cold. This is a natural reaction to a drop in temperature. In adults, especially cats and cats that often walk on the street, this is not so pronounced – they are accustomed to changes in the weather. And the body of a kitten, which, perhaps for the first time, was taken out into the open air, is not yet adapted to such stresses. So he protects himself from hypothermia accordingly. In other words, many cat lovers prefer short-haired cats. As your animal sheds, the carpets and bedspreads on sofas and beds in your home will be much cleaner. In general, cleanliness and order in the apartment, I assure you, is one of the indispensable conditions for your truly kind and mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend. And whether this condition will be fulfilled depends, oddly enough, on you, not on the animal.
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