I’ve had cats ever since I was a kid. Young ones, old ones, healthy ones and not so healthy ones. Loved them all! There are a few things I’ve learned over the years and a few things I’d do differently given the chance.
Medicating – Cats are notoriously hard to medicate. You can read about this epic disaster when Morgan joined the tribe here. You can’t trick them like you can with a dog. They know there is a pill in the cheese, tuna or whatever and will spit it out somewhere you don’t notice until the next day. Crushing is not always the answer either. Some pills are bitter or taste bad. Now they won’t eat the food it’s crushed in. I would start early to get a cat to eat pill pockets. None of my cats eat cheese but you can get them to eat a lump if you start early. Put a piece of kibble in it. There is no guarantee but you have a fighting chance.
The indoor/outdoor thing – I don’t currently have a cat that goes outdoors and I won’t again. Jake (my old cat who died) was the last of the indoor/outdoor cats. Without him I no longer worry. I don’t run around at 10 p.m. looking for him. I don’t wake up at 2 a.m. when he’s hollering at the door to come back in. I don’t worry about finding a dead cat on the patio. I grow too attached to my cats. However, if Jake were still alive I would buy a GPS tracker for him. Cats can be snarky. They will sit 10 feet from you and watch you looking and calling for them but will remain silent. It amuses them. That GPS would have saved me a lot of heartache.
The food – I wouldn’t wait until they developed an allergy or illness to transition them to healthy food. I would start off with that. Also, I would make sure that wet food is the bulk of their diet.
The more the merrier – For a long time I only had one. When I was in my 30s, my beloved cat died and I got two. Two isn’t that much more work than one and they are company for each other even if it doesn’t appear like that. Now I have four so you have to be careful of that multiplication aspect but I wouldn’t have it any other way. By the way, four is more work than one!
All the cats here wish you a great day!