If you’re like most cat owners in New York City, your thought process regarding taking your pet to the vet probably goes something like this: My cat is eating and acting normally, and he never goes outside or is exposed to other cats so he doesn’t need vaccines. Plus, he stresses out and pees every time I put him in his carrier. I’ll just take him to the vet when he’s sick.
Studies have shown that people who have cats are less likely to suffer a heart attack, and petting a cat lowers our heart rate and blood pressure. However, sharing your life with this little feline also has some drawbacks that each person must be very aware of before deciding to take a kitten home:
Genetic deafness is a defect that, when present, is linked to the “W” gene, found in white cats. It is a myth that deafness is related to blue eyes. However, the gene related to deafness is directly linked to white hair. That’s why we can find deaf white cats with blue, green, yellow eyes.
If there is anything more stressful than moving, it is moving with your cat. However, with careful planning everything should go smoothly. Cats develop strong links with their environment, so changes can be potentially stressful. Planning ahead allows you to …
Unlike dogs, it is very difficult for cats to get used to sleeping in only one place. Some favorite places for cats to sleep include: an empty box, a closet, a basket of clothes, sofa, carpet, chair, under the covers, on the refrigerator, on tall furniture, on the TV.