Cats are becoming a more popular breed in Singapore, and more people are opting to getting one. There are as many as forty recognized cat breeds in Singapore that are recognized internationally, and many more are a genetic mix of any two or more of the forty.
When considering a cat to add some company to your home, it’s important as a future owner to know everything to know about your future pet.
Choosing a Cat
It’s highly important that you do extensive research when looking to get a pedigree or purebred cat. Avoid buying purebreds unless the breeder has years of experience in using ethical methods, and is extremely careful when it comes to choosing breeding stock.
Street cats, meanwhile, are plentiful in Singapore, and are likely to be mix of different types of genes. They are less susceptible to certain genetic diseases and have a more robust immune system because of their genetic diversity, which in turn makes them much better companions.
Consider adopting more than one cat only if you havethe time and energy to take care of all of them.
Introducing Your Cat to Your New Home
If you recently adopted a street cat, you might have to employ measures to make sure that your pet doesn’t leave the house for a while. Eventually, your cat will grow used to his/her new home and stop trying to leave.
Your New Cat’s Habits
Cats like to sleep during the day, and they can sleep pretty much anywhere (though they often like to sleep on high, hard-to-reach areas). This is because they are crepuscular predators by nature, meaning that they prefer to do their hunting early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when their prey is often asleep or just about to.
While there is little difference between sterilized maleand female cats, the former are more likely to be territorial.
Feeding Your Cat
Cats are carnivores, which means that their diet should be mostly meat.
However, you can’t just dump anything onto your pet’s plate – cats are surprisingly picky when it comes to food. If you have to purchase cat food for your cat, be sure to focus on the nutrients themselves, which is why reading the label is often really important.
How much you’re feeding your cat is also a thing to consider, as overfeeding can be a thing. The average amount of calories cats should consume per day falls roughly around two hundred calories, but the exact amount really depends on your cat’s type, size, age, and how active your cat is.
Most cats often hunt their prey early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which would make these times the best time to feed them.
(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)