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Old 10-14-2008, 01:38 PM
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Default How to Make Your Cat a Lifetime Family Member Instead of "Just a Pet"

How to Make Your Cat a Lifetime Family Member
Instead of "Just a Pet"
From Gary Loewenthal, for About.com


Adding a cat to your life is more like adopting a child than acquiring a possession. A cat is sentient; he's aware of himself and of you. He has fears and desires - not always the same ones as you, although he'll do a masterful job of getting you to eventually see things his way! A cat is a delightful enigma: a lone hunter who's also unabashedly affectionate. Give him a good home and a long life. Be charmed by his feline grace and by all means join in when he decides it's time for irrational exhuberance!

Make the Commitment

Before adopting your cat, resolve to make him a member of the family for his whole life. His health and well-being are in your hands. Take care of him as he goes through his ups and downs. He will return the favor.

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* Good food and water It actually doesn't cost more to feed your cat premium cat food. There's less filler and your cat will be healthier. You and your cat will come up with a good rotation. It's vitally important to provide your cat with fresh, preferably filtered, water at all times.
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Veterinary care You need to be comfortable with your vet. Be an extension of your vet's eyes and ears by getting to know your cat's normal behavior and giving him regular mini health inspections. But don't play doctor - call your vet if you're at all suspicious or you notice a marked or acute change in your cat's routine.
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Litter box Squeaky clean, no excuses. No strong-smelling cleaners. Pleasant, quiet location. Approved by Mr. Cat.

Cost

You need to make a financial commitment, too. Plan on about 500 dollars a year per cat. Food, veterinary care, a litter box and litter, scratching posts, a cat carrier, and feeding bowls all cost money; don't skimp on these basic necessities. Be prepared for increased medical bills when kitty is older. Pet insurance may be a viable cost-saving option. You also want to buy nice things like cat furniture, toys, and treats to enrich his daily life.

Form a More Perfect Union

Know your cat. Spend time with your cat. Learn the meaning of his different meows. Observe his many non-verbal signals; that's primarily how your cat communicates. He uses his tail, ears, and eyes, and other body language to express himself. Watch for the shelter sheet on "How to Talk 'Cat'."

Play with Your Cat

Perhaps no other activity has such a profound effect on the nature of a cat-human relationship. Play brings the hunt inside. You get to learn your cat's hunting behaviors, read and anticipate his intentions, and script scenarios for him in real time. By making the toy act like prey and responding to your cat's moves and signals, the two of you are practically hunting together. You're an honorary cat!

Accommodate his natural behaviors

Make your house cat-friendly. Cats need to scratch; one tall sturdy scratching post is the bare minimum - more is better. Delight your cat by buying or making a cat tree; he'll love having a cats-only place where he can climb, jump, scratch, play, sleep, and birdwatch.

Help him when he has a problem

If your cat stops using his litter box, it's due to a medical condition, something he dislikes about the litter box, or stress. Investigate all three possible causes in approximately that order. He wants things to get back to normal just like you do. If your cat scratches you, it could be misplaced aggression or lack of knowing that your hand is not a toy. Treat each problem with empathy.

Praise your cat

Your cat likes the sound of your voice; it's soothing. Each day tell him he's a great kitty. He'll think you're pretty great two, and the two of you will be on your way to a remarkable new relationship for life.

Twenty Years from Now…

With good care and a little luck, your cat can live twenty years. If you're in your thirties when you adopt your cat, he'll be living with you when the kids have all graduated from college. If you're in your fifties now, your cat, the one with much boundless energy now, will still be there when you're in your seventies, retired. He'll be an old cat by then, probably no longer able to jump to his favorite places. Sometimes he might not make it to his litter box. The two of you will accept each other's occasional mishaps. You'll help him up to your lap, and he'll purr just as loudly and happily for you as always. An old friend. A valued member of the family.

This is the HTML version of one of our Shelter Sheets, which were designed to be downloaded and printed for handout by Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, Rescue Groups, and others involved in re-homing cats.

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note from ashley: this is extracted from www.about.com. the cost estimate and cat shelter information refered to estimte and location in USA. if you wish to check out the mentioned cat shelter info, you may do a search on it using various search engine.
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Err, just to add, this article was written by an American, so the cost is not 500 dollars per year per cat. If you have one cat, a healthy one, the cost should be about RM1500 a year, inclusive of food, litter materials, toys and snacks.

If your cat is sick, you will need more than that.
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hi blackie

yes, i added a note at the bottom in case readers think it is RM500.

a direct conversion means RM1,500, that's your figure right?
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but i'm afraid all this talk about RM RM and $$$ will create a misconception among would-be pet adopters that taking care of cats is expensive undertaking - most would think - if i can spare RM1500 why would i want to "waste" it on a cat?>

the article is written by an american(you're right) giving a ball-park knowledge for those who are contemplating adopting or having a cat.

but you see in usa, USD500 can buy a lot of stuff, honestly. it's the conversion to RM that kills us cos our money has lesser value compared to US dollars..

so let's not look at conversion...
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Well, I wasn't converting directly from USD500. I was thinking of what I had spent, on estimate, on toys, snacks, cat furniture, food and litter. Snacks, toys, and cat furniture (in fact, especially cat furniture) aren't cheap....they cost many times more than the cat food itself.

You're right that we should not discourage anyone by making them think owning a cat is expensive.

So, for those on a shoe-string budget, a healthy cat should cost no more than RM60 a month per cat. That should make it RM720 per year per cat. This should cover litter and food. Note, I stressed healthy. Once your cat falls sick, that budget does not apply.

The cheapest vet visit, which is to a klinik haiwan off Jalan Loke Yew would cost you RM30 inclusive of meds (not a major illness), while a visit to UPM would be RM60 if it's not a major illness.

If there's serious illlness, like in my late Brownie's case, you are looking at something like RM120 per visit in UPM.

But if your kitty has a rare illness, again, in Brownie's case, then you'll get a what they call "teaching fee".....the vet "teacher" will then conduct a live lesson with the vet students while examining the cat. The discount is about 30% off your bill.
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The cheapest vet visit, which is to a klinik haiwan off Jalan Loke Yew would cost you RM30 inclusive of meds (not a major illness), while a visit to UPM would be RM60 if it's not a major illness.

If there's serious illlness, like in my late Brownie's case, you are looking at something like RM120 per visit in UPM.

But if your kitty has a rare illness, again, in Brownie's case, then you'll get a what they call "teaching fee".....the vet "teacher" will then conduct a live lesson with the vet students while examining the cat. The discount is about 30% off your bill.
can i pm you about this klinik haiwan at jln loke yew? i've been away from that area for too long so i don't recall a vet clinic there, is it government?
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