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Old 27th April 2009, 08:16   #1
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Hi Guys,
I love animals and particularly dogs but I can't stand the barking of dogs, hence have not owned a pet until now. I have been thinking that I can have a cat instead because they make good company and are easy to maintain. So, where can I get a cat in Bengalooru? Also what to look for when buying one?
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There is a difference between owning a dog and a cat. Dogs are people dependent and Cats in general are place dependent, meaning when you shift your residence dog by default will be willing to come with you, but cats would like to stay in the same geography. Cats like to be very independent, they would like to go around hunting for food and may come home just for some milk, cuddling and sleeping. They wouldn't like to stay with the family for ever like dogs. cats too need lot of maintenance, they also need grooming although they keep themselves clean. Like some dogs cats do shed lot of hair. Both give good company and unconditional love. There are also some dogs which don't bark a lot. There are also cats that prefer to be in the company of humans all the time like the Persian cats though they are a bit expensive.
You can follow these links for some more info:

Pets Bangalore, Pets In Bangalore, beautiful male english crocker spanial for sale - Free Classifieds
India Cats for Sale, Adoption, Buy, Sell @ Adpost.com Classifieds > India > India Cats for Sale, Adoption, Buy, Sell,free,indian,classified ad,classified ads

and of course this will give more info on cats in general.
Cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have owned both cats as well as dogs.

Well, I just love any animal including snakes !!
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Cats by far require the least maintainence of all pets & they make wonderful companions & develop a deep bond with their owners! I've owned cats for as long as I can remember. My present cat is 10 years old & still in the best of her health! she has been cared for like a baby...

You can adopt cats from SPCA on Bellary Road (~2 kms from mekhri circle) or alternately you can purchase them from the Bird/Animal shop at Shivajinagar's Russel Market. Just make sure the kitten is active, has long hair & a bushy tail (flip side is more shedding of hair :( ) & don't forget to bargain.

Am sure you'll have a lot of fun with your new *pet*. PM me if you need any more info

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Old 27th April 2009, 13:49   #4
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Please do not - DO NOT - buy cats!

You can visit CUPA at the Government Veterinary College alongside Hebbal (as suggested by Raihan) and adopt a beautiful kitten of your choice! You can have him or her groomed right there and vaccinated before you give it a fantastic loving new home! I see so many there (I visit the place to donate my old newspapers), and I would love to adopt all of them.

Moggies (a better term than the derogatory stray) are biologically much more stronger than the so called pure breds. A moggie if taken care of well, will probably live as long as 20-25 years.

Do yourself a favor and adopt a moggie. Buying cats off the shelf is sacrilege! Do it only if you have no choice.
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I would agree with Re Liner - adopt a cat. But i think you first have to decide what kind of cat you want. Are you happy with a Moggie or would you rather something a persian. All cats can be very independant, but they also differ in temperament.
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Cats are much easier to take care .I had cats from the childhood days.I really prefer cats over dogs.go for one!BTW ,Don't prefer a cat if you are living sides on a busy road(accidents?).cats are not indoor animals fully.they go outdoors and nocturnal as well.
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Hey

WSD has a kitten up for adoption.

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This ginger kitten is around four months old. He was found by a cat lover in a shriveled state outside the Chimanlals footpath in Fort and was left to die with bubblegum purposely stuck to him all over his body by some cruel person. The bubblegum was removed by us in over a week but he got ‘stuck’ with the name. Bubblegum is a very healthy, calm and an affectionate kitten and misses her friend ‘Bravo’ who was adopted into a very loving home. He has beautiful,big ginger eyes that you will fall in love with.

To visit Bubblegum and see her tricks, call WSD on 64222838 or e-mail wsdindia@gmail.com
He looks really cute and deserves to be taken care of by an animal lover after what he has been through.

Adopt A Stray, They are a breed apart !
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What a lovely name! He looks so innocent. Hi Bubble gum!
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He has a very mischievous look in his eyes ! Very adorable ! I have around six of them right now (three cats and three kittens) but would'nt want to give any of them away !
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The cats are undoubtedly easier to maintain than dogs. They are not very fussy about their food as well.
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Correction here. You cannot get a cat. A cat has to get you.
Remember, that you do not own your car, your cat owns you.
That said, cats owe allegiance to the "home", while dogs do it to the "master".
So if you change houses, its very difficult to get the cat to move.
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+1 to that.

And would suggest you get a kitten. Newborn kittens are such a pain to train, that I'd shudder with getting a (slightly) grown up kitten.
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And dont feed the ready made food (whiskars ) or any such other thing from begining . Its gets them addicted and it will not eat any other home food :( . And ready made cat food is costly .
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When they are a kitten, its important you feed them this food to ensure adequate growth and adequate protein intake. Thats quite important.

I tried this thing with my kitten and she puked it out one night a couple of months back (she was just a few months old). I went back to regular kitty food and she is fine now. You need to wait for their digestive systems to be able to grow and accept food which is tougher to digest. I gather the mothers usually masticate the food before giving it to their kittens?

However, I am now mixing very tiny portions of cooked chicken with her regular food and she seems to enjoy the change in taste.

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huh?

Back in college, as part of the animal lovers' society - we used to give them grass to nibble and eat. Its supposed to be good for them.
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