To keep a cat in the pink of health, good knowledge about cat behaviour, food and general maintenance is essential. Cats are adorable and very affectionate, but they require a level of commitment and maintenance to keep them happy.

The first step is to consider whether you want a kitten or an adult.  Kittens have so much energy and are very active.  Fully grown cats are often more passive and calm than a kitten, however, they may have a disposition that is not appealing due to its earlier adult life.  They could also have physical conditions which might be ongoing and  require the services of a vet, adding an additional expense to its maintenance costs. 

Before taking delivery of your new cat, study its physical features first.  Look for physical conditions and enquire about its medical history.   Sometimes the breed of a cat has to be taken into consideration, as some breeds require more attention. Genetic medical problems are more prevalent in a purebred cat as opposed to non-pedigree cats.
 
Cats are active pets and require companionship, attention and lots of play.  Cleaning up after a cat is also time consuming. The cleaning of their eating bowl and litter box are on-going.

Cats can be purchased from Pet shops, bought privately and from various shelters, such as the RSPCA, Tree Tops Animal Rescue and Kingdowns Cat Santuary to name a few. For those concerned with animal welfare, try to purchase your cat from a shelter.

So if you are serious about finding out more about how to care for your domestic cat, the ADL online Domestic Cat Care course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to keeping your cat healthy and happy.  

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