Cats make excellent companions! Not only are they super adorable, but they also are extremely intelligent and playful. Chances are, you are rather excited about bringing your feline friend home but there are still some cat care tips that you should be aware of to make both of your transitions as smooth as possible. Here are things that you should know before adopting a cat:
1. Cats like to scratch
Cats that they may have the desire to destroy your new couch or your favorite purse – it’s in their nature and they can’t help it. Before bringing your cat home, you will want to supply them a scratching post so they can release all of their scratching desires without damaging your items. You can also have their nails clipped but a cat scratch post provides them with an outlet to play!
2. Evaluate your lifestyle
If you live a busy lifestyle, it may be difficult for you to devote time to a cat that requires a lot of attention and grooming, these are particularly more active and high-maintenance felines. On the other hand, there are independent cat breeds that are perfect for a those who have a working lifestyle. A little research on cat breeds will help you make the best decision.
3. Get pet insurance
Pet insurance is optional but many cat-owning veterans often recommend getting it just in case of an emergency because it is better to be safe than sorry.
Like many pets, the best way to train a cat is with some good ‘ole bribery. There are many organic store-bought cat treats that will help you train your kitty, but bits of tuna and freeze-dried chicken nuggets will also work wonders when training a cat.
5. Cats love to play
In order to keep your cat happy, they should have a source of entertainment at all times because they are a very playful animal. Things such as string, feathers, toy mice and empty boxes make for great amusement. Playthings for your kitten do not have to be expensive – there are tons of affordable and DIY cat toys that will keep them mentally occupied.
6. Check their health
Before you bring your cat home, it is essential that you take them for a checkup and immunizations. If their age permits, you should also schedule them to be neutered. Caring for their health early on will extend their longevity and make for a much happier cat.
7. Purchase a litter box and litter
It is important to have a litter box and a quality litter already purchased when you bring your cat home – this will make potty-training your cat much easier in the long run. Covered boxes are recommended because they give cats the privacy they want. Furthermore, clumping litter is a great choice because it is easier to maintain and clean.
8. Check your allergies
If you are prone to allergic reactions, consider testing yourself for feline allergies before bringing your kitten home. Although, many people with cat allergies have adapted to their pet, but it can still be a problem to many. A safe bet is to consider a cat with low allergens.
9. Follow a grooming routine
It is recommended that you begin grooming your cat as soon as you take them home so they can get used to the process. Brushing, trimming their claws and bathing them is essential to their overall well-being and will also promote trust between the two of you.
10. When circumstances change
Whether you get a promotion or no longer have as much time for your kitty, adopting them another cat to play with is an excellent solution to keep the happy!
There are just a few things that you should keep in mind before adopting a cat. Another thing that you should remember is that cats have the potential to live well over 20 years, so it is a big commitment and not something that should be taken lightly.