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All about the cat: The basic info every pet owner should know

by Kadi Traore 12/04/2022

There’s just something about the cat that humans love - and have loved for thousands of years. One of the first domesticated animals, cats are some of the most popular pets all around the world today. 

But what is it about them that makes them such great pets? What should you know if you’re interested in adopting your own feline friend? Here’s a basic guide to one of the most-loved animals to bring into your home:



Domesticated cat behavior: What are they like?

One thing that makes a cat a delightful companion is that each has their own unique personalities and characteristics. While every cat is different, there are some typical behaviors you can expect from your average house cat. Some examples include:



  • Grooming: Cats clean their own fur, meaning you should never need to bathe them yourself.
  • Purring: The soothing vocal vibrations of a cat’s purring are usually the result of them feeling happy or content.
  • Climbing: Similar to their relatives in the wild, house cats love to climb. Many cats feel most comfortable at high vantage points, making cat trees an excellent investment for any pet parent.
  • Nocturnal activity: While cats typically sleep around 16 hours per day, their most active time is usually at night. 

What your cat needs

Beyond the basics - food, water, regular vet checkups - cats have needs specific to their home environment. For instance, having enough space to roam helps these territorial animals feel comfortable and stimulated. Plenty of obstacles to climb and lounge on keep them engaged and encourage independent play.

Different domestic cat breeds can have different characteristics that might affect their individual needs. For example, long-haired breeds may need extra help with grooming to prevent matted fur and hairballs. Especially active and adventurous breeds like the Norwegian forest cat and Bengal cat need more mental and physical activity than other breeds.



Keeping your cat happy

While many cats might seem aloof, they do thrive with proper socialization. It’s recommended to set aside some quality time to bond with your cat every day, especially if they are your only pet. Many cat owners choose pairs of cats to provide companionship and extra entertainment.

It can take some time to learn what your individual cat wants. However, if you start with these basics, you’ll be in the perfect position to provide an enriching and happy life for your feline.

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