Cats are lovable, furry companions, but before you rush to adopt a cat, make sure you know what you’re doing. That means preparing to become the servant of a smaller creature that will terrify you for years to come.

Make sure your home is ready for a cat such as having plenty of scratching posts available. Cats need something to claw and if you don’t have scratching posts, they’ll just as happily shred your furniture.

Also give your cat access to plenty of water. Surprisingly, cats drink water often although they don’t like being in water, which goes to show you how illogical cats can really be.

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