|Purred: Fri Mar 30, '07 6:31am PST |
|I don't know the answers to all of your questions, but I have a few:
Kittens are definitely easier to 'raise' than puppies, because a kitten is trained to use the litter box, clean itself, etc, by its mother. All you have to do is show it the box when it comes home and it will know what to do. Housebreaking completed.
I do think some cats will walk better on leases than others--but, as another poster said, you might want to check into the disposition of various cats.
Cats will definitely get along with dogs as long as they are exposed to them at an early enough age. And, even if a cat is older, it will learn to at least tolerate a dog. I am fostering a mother with 4 kittens currently and, once they are over 4 weeks, it is encouraged that the kittens be exposed to as many things as possible..including loud noises and dogs. When exposed young, they will not develop fear. I have even read that they should be exposed to car rides.
I also agree that the cat strollers are great ideas.
Water...again, no experience here, other than what I have read about the Maine Coon. But, most cats don't need baths except under very rare circumstances.
Cats are very trainable (tricks, etc,) also...they are extremely intelligent...but they really need incentive to WANT to do what you want them to do. They don't have the 'need to please' as much as does a dog.
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