Before your cat comes home, you want to be prepared. This is what new cat owners must have prepared for their furry family addition. Once you get to know a cat, it becomes clear why these animals are one of the most popular pets on earth. With fun personalities, loving attitudes and a willingness to cuddle you to nap, cats make great, loyal companions.
If you are ready to welcome a cat into your home, but you have never had a cat and you are a little nervous or unsure about how to take good care of a cat, we have a few tips that will help you that adjustment and experience smooth.
Once you have mastered everything, you will realize that cats are surprisingly easy to care for.
#1 Make time for your cat
Many people think that because cats can be quite independent, they can just get a cat and largely ignore it, but the truth is that cats crave companionship and attention. Before you take a cat home, make sure you have the time to play with your cat, clean his litter box daily, take care of him and spend some quality time stroking.
For example, a little playing time every day can go a long way in preventing behavioral problems that result from pent-up energy and boredom.
#2 Put up a litter box
Buy a litter box that is large enough for your cat to stand comfortably and move around. And be prepared for testing different types of litter if your cat does not like your first choice. Place the box in a quiet area where your cat has easy access.
By ensuring that your cat has the right type of litter box and litter and by scraping away waste and replacing the litter regularly, your cat will be less likely to use the litter box.
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#3 Ensure the correct nutrition
Cats are obligate carnivores, so choose a high-quality cat food that provides your cat with lots of animal protein, the right amount of healthy fats and lots of nutrients that are well-balanced for cat welfare. Many experts recommend avoiding potentially allergenic ingredients, such as soy, corn, and wheat grains, and they also recommend choosing foods that contain whole ingredients, as opposed to mysterious meat by-products.
It is also a good idea to give enough wet food, so that your cat gets enough moisture from his food, because this is normal for cats. You can feed a mix of wet and dry food all day long, while you also get a bowl of fresh water every day. Good nutrition must be emphasized because it can lay the foundation for good health, regardless of the age of your cat.
Work with your vet if you have questions about how to feed your new cat.
#4 Scratching posts and trimming claws
Your cat has a natural instinct to scratch things around him to mark, stretch and get rid of the dead outer layer of claws as they grow. You must provide your pet with enough scratching posts to prevent it from scratching your furniture. And if you regularly trim your cat’s claws, you also prevent scratching your stuff and your skin.
#5 Have your cat examined by a veterinarian
Your cat must be assessed by a veterinarian before or shortly after you have brought him home. Get him tested for diseases such as Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), as well as for a variety of parasites. And let your cat be neutered or sterilized at the right age.
#6 Consider giving your cat a friend
If you spend a lot of time at work or outdoors, consider letting your cat become a buddy to spend time with.
Take the time to gradually introduce a new cat (after he has been to the vet and received a clean health certificate) to your current feline companion so that they can get to know each other slowly and become good friends who can keep each other company when you are not round.
#7 Adopt, not shopping
With so many cats and kittens of all breeds and personality types waiting patiently for their eternal homes in shelters across the country, consider adopting one (or two) of them, instead of shopping for a kitten so you can save a life..