Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: Your favorite cat advice?
If you're new to cat ownership, you come at it with the expectation that you can adjust your cats to fit your home and lifestyle. Wrong! Some things you simply can't change, and there will be ways that you will have to adjust your attitude and/or home. For example, my husband and one of my cats both love lamps with pull chains that have a ball at the end of them. We used to try to make the cat stay away from the lamps. One busted lamp later, we now have twist ties keeping the pull chains/balls out of batting range so we can still enjoy the lamps that aren't broken. Another example: You will NOT keep your cats off the counters, no matter what you try. They will learn to stay down while you're there, but will jump up to explore as soon as you leave or go to bed. Problems with the cats opening the cabinets and breaking your glasses? Install child-proofing latches!
Cats are absolutely delightful and loving pets, and as long as you go into your relationship with your cat(s) knowing that BOTH of you will have to make some adjustments, you'll do just fine. Share pictures once you bring home a companion or two!
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie