Cats are the second most popular companion animal in Australia, residing in 25% of households. Cats also enjoy popularity world-wide and have been cohabiting with humans for tens of thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, cats are social animals, although they are not as social as dogs or parrots.  With their exotic looks and inquisitive nature, cats make highly entertaining and playful pets. They are clean, relatively low maintenance and suitable for apartment living.

Common Behavioural Problems:

The most common behavioural problems seen in cats are:

  • Inappropriate urination (spraying).
  • Destructive scratching and/or biting.
  • Aggression (towards people or other cats).
  • Separation Anxiety.
  • Stress related behaviour.
  • Excessive licking/grooming.
  • Hyperactive behaviour.
  • Fears and Phobias.

Perfect Cat Owners:

Cats are inquisitive and can be quite independent, often coping better than dogs when left alone. However, they are still social animals and require daily companionship. If you can provide a cat with companionship, a nutritious and well balanced diet, suitable veterinary care, a safe place to explore during the day and a comfortable bed inside at night then you would make a great cat owner. It is very important that you de-sex your cat to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Purebred or Moggie?

The decision of whether to buy a purebred cat or a moggie really depends on what qualities you are looking for in a cat. Pure breeds generally have more predictable characteristics. Siamese cats tend to be very vocal, Burmese cats are very playful and Ragdolls are usually calm and relaxed. Some breeds require regular grooming, such as Chinchillas, while others do not require any grooming. Moggies such as Domestic Short Hairs (DSH) are usually very healthy and fairly low maintenance.

There are many cats and kittens in animal shelters waiting for new homes. If you don’t have a preference for a certain breed, then by all means, give a shelter cat a second chance.