I enjoy cats and cat care is something that I know a great deal about as I have had cats most of my life. Cats are pretty independent but they also need care. It is best to read up on cat care before you decide to adopt an animal as cats are fairly sensitive to their environment and they don’t like change. Your cat will need some time when you bring him or her home. Don’t expect to see too much of them over the first few days as they need to adjust to a new environment. Simply feed the cat and give them access to water and they will eventually venture out and enjoy the family. I had a cat who took one month to come out of hiding!
When you are adopting a new cat it is best to be prepared with the supplies you will new like a litter pan, it can be fairly small if you have a kitten, you can get a larger one later, a food and water dish…and also cat litter of course. I try to give my kitties a piece of cat furniture in the home, a high spot they can call their own. A cat tree, or window sling that can be attached to a window is excellent for these purposes. Introduce a new cat into a home with care, especially if there are other animals in the home. Read an article about how to best introduce a new feline into a home with other animals. I have had cats who ended up best friends with a dog already in the household.
Your cat likes attention, but let them initiate it. I find it it is best to let them come to you and interact with you, as cats by nature are solitary creatures and like to spend a good deal of time alone. This does not mean that they do not like and enjoy contact with people, and many cats are quite sociable. In general, the more they have been around people in the early part of their life, the more sociable they will be. In fact some cats enjoy playing fetch with their owners, and will initiate play especially if it is modeled for them by other pets that might be in the house. I have a cat that loves fetch!! One of my favorite things to do is to put my bluetooth headphones on (beware – cats love cables), turn up the music, and play with my cat. Although some people think it is cruel to keep their cat indoors, in fact the opposite is true. Cats do much better when they are kept indoors, and don’t have to face the hazards that life in the outdoors can bring. They also should not need flea and trick preventative if they are kept indoors. I have found if you treat your cat well and tend to them, they will be great companions.