Asked: 16.10.18 13:202018-10-16T13:20:24+03:00 2018-10-16T13:20:24+03:00 What is hard about owning a cat? Animals Cats (domestic) Pets 13 Answers 2019-01-02T07:03:45+03:00 Added an answer on 02.01.19 07:03 I don’t really find these things “hard” so much as unpleasant. If I forget to empty his litter box, he will remind me. If I’m lucky, he’ll do it by nudging the scoop into the box. If I’m not, he will designate some other place in the house as his litter box until I clean the real one. (Like the sofa. Or the floor.) I suspect he has a chicken allergy. Often, when he eats chicken-based cat food, he pukes. It could also be that he just reallllly likes chicken, because cats also puke when they wolf down their food, but since I stopped giving him chicken-based cat food, there’s been a lot less puking. My cat is FIV positive. The vet warned us that, as much as he seems perfectly healthy, we need to be very proactive about getting him medical care. Because if there’s enough of a strain on his immune system, it’s going to fail. So if I suspect he MIGHT be sick, it means a vet appointment. Which means a vet bill . Now, believe me, it’s worth it. And I’m very happy when he turns out to have a clean bill of health or something minor and easily fixed. But there’s still that bill, often a couple of hundred dollars once everything is totted up. (When he needed 5 teeth extracted, it was just under $2,000). It’s an expense we can handle, but there are other uses that the money could be put to. When he wants attention, he signals it by knocking things off my desk. Then galloping off at top speed. Some of those things make a mess when they hit the ground. And HE isn’t the one who cleans it up… But you know something? He’s worth it! 2018-10-16T16:39:42+03:00 Added an answer on 16.10.18 16:39 Probably trying to stop them damaging furniture and household things. I have 3 cats and one likes to wee on things. Another likes to claw wallpaper and another likes to claw the bed/couch. It’s hard to control all of these factors. Even using things like feliway and calming tablets. There’s nothing medically wrong with any of the cats, these things are just in their nature. 2018-10-18T22:12:56+03:00 Added an answer on 18.10.18 22:12 1 ) Cat proofing Your’e house. Do not leave a priceless Ming Dynasty vase out on a table, as cats commonly have outbursts of energy they call zoomies where a cat runs through your house at about 500 mph, and may literally bounce off the walls. As I write this, My cat is using my slipper as a snowboard across the linoleum floor. 2 ) Scratching post training. Get a post right away and get started by spraying it with attractant you can get at the pet shop. Also get some attractive furniture covers because of the claws. Litter box training is seldom needed, just show them where it is. Cats don’t like crap laying around any more than You do. Besides these two items, cats aren’t much of a hassle besides them demanding your’ attention because they love You. 2018-10-16T16:11:41+03:00 Added an answer on 16.10.18 16:11 Seriously? Not much. Any animal you own is going to cost money, for food, vet bills, toys, kitty litter for cats, etc. Actually cats are easy. You don't have to walk them, or give them a bath, the same you would for a dog. Cats are independent and don't need lots of attention until they come to you to be pet and fed. Cats are sweet in nature and so much fun to watch when they are playing. So, in answer to your question, there is nothing hard in owning a cat, except the love you give them. And that's not hard to do at all. 2018-10-17T18:07:20+03:00 Added an answer on 17.10.18 18:07 “What is hard about owning a cat?” Well with my boy, I find my ability to walk in a straight line without tripping is impaired. I also find it hard to breath when he launches a surprise Biological weapons attack on me from his Litter box. Enjoying a nice calm relaxing warm bath or shower is next to impossible with all of his noisy complaints about shower curtains and bathtubs of water. Opening any can of food without him thinking its for him. Eating my dinner without him “touching” my food. Its hard to sleep in as he loves to impersonate my alarm clock and always at 5:30 am. But what is NOT hard, is loving the crazy little fluffball! 2018-10-31T21:14:24+03:00 Added an answer on 31.10.18 21:14 The two problems I dealt with with cat owners most were: inappropriate urination. Cats need more fluid intake by feeding 10% canned food or by using a water aerator. Also, use unscented, fine, clumping litter in a box with no top. I recommend storage tubs of the appropriate size; placed in a quiet place; one box per cat plus one; and skim and change litter frequently. Change the tub yearly. Clawing furniture is second. Most cats can be directed to a scratching post. Use cat nip to entice them and water sprayer to discourage furniture and molding scratching. There are nail covers that glue on over the front nails as well. Declawing, done properly with appropriate analgesia, is a last resort for a few cats that won’t be convinced. It is unpopular now, but I have done many cats without consequence. 2018-10-23T05:00:16+03:00 Added an answer on 23.10.18 05:00 Sorry, it is very easy owning a cat. No walks outside for one. We always cater to them, and love it. If one is asleep in your lap, we hate to disturb them. They are entertaining, loving and funny. Every pet gets sick once in a while (maybe). They just take less care. Yes, you must clip nails every so often too. They will fetch for you and make you laugh. No, it is not hard having a cat. I have no idea who told you that. Cats are family. We bred and showed Russian Blues for 16 years. Now we have cats we adopted from groups. 2019-08-08T17:20:04+03:00 Added an answer on 08.08.19 17:20 Yesterday I learned that owning a cat is hard on your carpets. And your back. And your patience. Two days ago we put flea ointment on our cat. Well, he must’ve been able to reach the spot and lick it because yesterday morning he had explosive diarrhea all over our house. We didn’t discover it until after The Event. The living room, the hallways, our bedroom. I spent the entire day steam cleaning the carpets. However, before I could get to THAT joy I had to clean up the cat. He is long haired. It was on his back end from the tip of his tail to his toes. I couldn’t get it out. I had to lock us up in the bathroom and give his back half a bath. Then I used my dog’s clippers and a small pair of scissors to try to remove as much fur as I could manage from his tail and rump in case he wasn’t finished being sick. The cat was nearly hyperventilating by the time I was done. Fortunately, the cat was done making a mess. Unfortunately, I am not yet done cleaning it up. I haven’t yet been able to summon the courage to look in the basement. My DH says it is worse than the upstairs. And yes, it is carpeted. 2018-10-18T07:42:06+03:00 Added an answer on 18.10.18 07:42 Cleaning the litterbox or keeping them from escaping. My male cat always tried to escape. He almost got away a few times. Cleaning the litterbox is another story. Imagine a dog pooping in a litterbox. It would be way worse. Hey, at least with cats you don’t need to touch the poop… unless you fall face first into the litterbox. They also think they can do everything themselves, which they would be able to if they could walk on twos and fours and could talk English. The essiest part is that you can leave them alone for a day and they’ll be fine. A week is a different story. 2018-10-23T03:19:06+03:00 Added an answer on 23.10.18 03:19 EDIT: My little Nana survived and she is not ill anymore! Happy ending for a great cat! Thank you so much for reading this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ———————————————— The hardest part is when they get ill, no matter how much you look after them. I'm completely devastated lately. My beloved Nana is now at the veterinary hospital fighting for her life, against a lipidosis. She is eating by herself but her kidney is seriously damaged. The hardest part is when she is not OK, not at home and her cat mate Mao is missing her so much he almost doesn't want to eat. These days are being rough. I hope we have our little black warrior queen at home again very soon. I really love her so much. My two cats, a week ago: 2018-10-16T13:40:50+03:00 Added an answer on 16.10.18 13:40 For me it’s seeing my furry little buddies get sick and die. I’ve seen it all too much and I just never get used to it. Sometimes I wished my buddies could live 50 or 60 human years so I wouldn’t have to see them pass on but that just can’t be. There were many times that I said to myself…”No more! No more cats!”, but then I’d see one and he or she would win me over. Cats are so similar to humans in that they have emotions and personalities. They’re almost like our children. 2018-10-19T16:02:20+03:00 Added an answer on 19.10.18 16:02 The most fundamental thing about owning a pet is that you are now responsible for the existence of a living being. Thus, it is up to you and you alone to protect, cherish, and if necessary bring back to health your pet without regard to time, effort, or cost. There’s nothing really hard about owning a cat. When they are young, they can be vocal and demanding. They get more mellow as they get older. Cats are low maintenance and are willing, ready, and able to return the love you give to them tenfold. They are also great decorating accessories. Here’s Rex and me. 2018-10-19T04:32:35+03:00 Added an answer on 19.10.18 04:32 Not really hard if you love your cat and accept it as your roommate and friend “as is”, but maybe a little bit life changing: At 5:30 or 6:00 am both cats wake up and want to be fed, even though they have dry food available at all times. I think it is not just the food but their way of saying “good morning, time to wake up, let’s do something together”. I lie on the sofa, watch TV and want to get up to get me something to eat. But my cat wants to cuddle with me and sits down on my chest, purring and preparing to nap. So I stay as I am, gently stroke her and wait until she has enough and moves on to another place, which is hopefully not under my blanket (but often is). My husband comes home from work, he is tired and his cat greets him happily at the front door, smeers purring around his legs and wants to go for a walk. So he goes for a walk with the cat, because it makes the cat happy - and after all, it is nice to go on an adventure with a friend. Just before we want to go to sleep, the cats wake up again and decide it is playtime now. So we play a little bit and then we all go to sleep. But the real hard thing is when we fear something might be wrong with one of our cats, like when the bigger one tries to vomit for what seems to be hours to us but actually is just one minute or so and he cannot get rid of whatever it is. Or after coming home from the vet when he got a pill for deworming and he was so tired and weak for about a week, just lying around (never again unless absolutely necessary). Well, ok, the castration was worse for us than for him, but it was really heartbreaking to see him wake up from the anesthesia and creep, very slow and weak, to his litter box (we had put his bag next to it) and after this to the kitchen to eat - three times as much as usually (after eating he ran through the whole house, drinking water from every glass, drinking fountain, flower pot and room fountain there was). Not the “having” is hard, but the fear of losing.