If you’re bringing home your first cat, it’s extremely important to prepare ahead of time, because it is a major decision. Even though cats have earned a reputation for being independent, they still require time, effort, and money to care for. Here are some basic tips that every new cat owner should know:
1. GET YOUR LITTER BOX
Litter boxes are so helpful, but they can get untidy very easily. As long as you keep your cat’s litter box clean and select a litter that doesn’t bother them, most cats are more than happy to utilize their litter box without needing training. Most litter boxes out there will be sufficient for the needs of your cat.
2. LOOK FOR THE RIGHT FOOD
It’s imperative to do your research about the type of food your cat will need and select the one that meets both your cat’s needs and your budget. It's important to remember that high quality food that provides all the nourishment that your cat requires can prevent an expensive trip to the vet, however most cat foods provide everything they need so splashing out on the most premium packages is not necessary.
3. LEARN ABOUT YOUR CAT'S PERSONALITY
Cats are individualistic animals, they may take time to warm up to you and other household pets. Just like you have to change your routine for them, they will be changing their routine for you. While the stereotype that a lot of cats are very individualistic and like their own space is true, a lot of them also are incredibly warm and make great companions, enjoying playing and cuddling with their owners and other pets.
4. CATS LOVE TOYS
Cats and kittens cherish their playtime! Getting a variety of toys like toy mice, string, quills, and even home made toys made from boxes and other items can keep them engaged.
5. GROOM YOUR CAT
Grooming your cat frequently is a must! As you will notice with time, cats leave a lot of fur in furniture, clothes and anywhere they like to lounge in, grooming will reduce significantly the amount of cleaning you'll have to do around the house.Proper cat brushes, silicone gloves and other accessories will make this job easy for you than using standard brushes.
6. THEY LOVE A SCRATCHING POST
The most perfect way to prevent claw marks on your furniture or possessions that are in your house, is to put a scratcher in a couple of places around or where you might think your cat hangs out. These could be scratching posts, scratching pads, or a corrugated cardboard scratcher. If they like scratching doors you can hang pads on the door handles and some cat furniture strategically placed around the home will be irresistible for the cat.
7. GET YOUR NEW FRIEND SOME TREATS
It’s always great to keep treats around to appease your cat. Wherever you purchase things for your cat you'll be able to find all sorts of treats for your new friend: chicken, fish, beef, cheese, salmon, tartar control, and even catnip.
8. DON'T FORGET CHECKUPS
One of the primary things you need to do is to find a reliable and knowledgeable veterinarian that you can trust to take care of your cat, ideally one that is nearby. It's important to take your new cat to get checked and vaccinated by a vet. Your vet will advise you on how frequently your cat should be seen for customary check-ups afterward.
Keep your cat healthy with regular preventative care at Franklin Veterinary Hospital, make your next appointment today for a checkup and vaccines! We will help you with any other question you may have.