insight

Choosing a cat

 

Congratulations! You’ve decided to get a cat. But what kind is best for you? Should you get a pedigree cat? A long-haired cat, or a short-haired one? Male or female?

" One thing’s for certain – you’ve got lots of
cats to choose from.

You may even be wondering if you should get two or more cats, just to double or triple your fun, or to make sure they’ll never be lonely.

Understanding your cat

 

Just like her big cat cousins, your feline friend’s behaviour is driven by a wide range of natural instincts. By understanding these, you’ll get a much better idea about why she does the things she does.

" Your cat is communicating with you all
the time – you just have to watch and listen!

That way, you won’t fall into the trap of thinking your cat’s being naughty or stubborn … and you’ll realise instead that she’s just being a cat!

Social behaviour

 

If there’s one thing that makes your cat special, it’s her independent spirit. But are cats actually more sociable than we think?

" As well as grooming each other, cats also
like to rub together their foreheads, cheeks,
flanks and sometimes tails.

Grooming

 

Independent as they are, cats will sometimes develop relationships with one another. Mutual grooming seems to play a part in this.

A noisy cat

 

Like most cats, your feline friend probably loves to chat. But there’s a difference between friendly conversation and keeping you up all night! If your cat is giving you ear-ache, don’t worry – there are lots of things you can do to help.

" Frequent miaowing is often
a cry for attention.

Showing her the door

 

Sometimes you just can’t win. First your cat is miaowing to be let out. Then she’s asking you to let her in . It’s just her independent spirit asserting itself. Luckily there’s a very simple answer – fit your door with a cat flap.