I have been caring for cats my entire life and I have loved every second of it. Not only are they great company, Its great watching them developing their own personalities and learning all their likes and dislikes. Caring for cats should never, ever, ever be a chore it should be unconditional. If you treat them well and give them lots of love then they will always reciprocate.
Caring for cats should begin not when the cat has entered your home but prior to getting them. Therefore regardless of age you should have all the proper necessities to accommodate the cat when it arrives. This includes the cat litter, cat litter tray, clean cat bowls, food, a cat carrier and comfy, warm bedding for the cat to sleep.
Every human has bad habits and for a cat it is no different, when caring for cats, the main bad habit you will likely come across is scratching. Cats love to scratch in order to stretch themselves or sharpen their claws and can do a lot of damage if not taken care of. Therefore I would strongly advise obtaining a scratch post, this will usually deter the cat from attacking your furniture, carpet, wallpaper and even your favourite curtains.
As again with humans, all cats have unique personalities and character traits. As I stated earlier, I have been caring for cats all my life. At the moment I have 2 domesticated cats, 1 male and 1 female and they could not be any more different from one another. Although both are very tame and affectionate Lola (the female) is very timid around people she does not know. If someone enters the house she is not used to then she will scurry up the stair for a place to hide, you need to work for her affections. With Albert (the male) it is the total opposite as he is a real people person and it does not take much for you to get his attention.
Caring for cats is by no means an impossible task, they are very, very clean, independent animals and sometimes like to be left to their own devices, this is fine but never forget they will still require all your love and your attention.
The author is 28yrs old and from Scotland in the UK and is an avid lover of cats. He is the author and creator of the brand new informative site Caring For Cats. He loves learning from his cats and sharing his experiences and invaluable knowledge with others. Please visit Caring For Cats [http://www.caring-for-cats.net] for further information on all aspects of cat care.