You’ve always wanted a furry feline and finally got one after all this time. There’s a lot of fun in store for you, but there are also a few unexpected things you need to prepare for. The following are eight tips that will help any first-time cat owner.
1. Create a Safe Zone
Cats can feel overwhelmed, especially in a new environment like your home. It may take time to get used to the change, but you can help by creating a safe zone. This is pretty easy to do. All you need is an enclosed bed with a super comfortable cushion. Having this for your kitty should make a difference.
2. Having a Cat Litter
You’ll want a good cat litter box. You probably should fork out the cash for a modern cat litter box instead of those regular ones you see around. Modern litter boxes have a top entry to make it easier to keep your cat from dragging litter out of the box. This is something you’ll be happy to invest in.
3. Find the Vet
One important thing to do as a car owner is to find a vet. Your cat is going to need checkups just like you, and you want it to have the best vet there is. To find one, you need time, so start your search as early as possible, and schedule a visit to see if the vet and your kitty are a good match.
4. Focus on Quality Food
Your kitty’s health depends on what it eats. This is the reason you need to make sure that you only give your cat high-quality foods. Look for fresh, natural, and maybe even organic options. Stay away from brands that add additives or other things to your kitty’s food. Your cat will appreciate this, and you’ll feel great about it, too.
5. Get a Water Fountain
Cats need water, but they are a bit peculiar about it. They prefer to drink from a freshwater source, such as a fountain. The running water effect makes your cat think the water is fresh, like from a spring. On top of that, running water is oxygenated, and that tastes better for a cat. This should ensure your cat is always hydrated.
6. Set Up Scratchers
Scratchers are vital in a house with a cat. Your furry new friend needs to scratch to remove dead tissue from the claws and stretch its little body. Scratching also reduces stress and helps cats mark their territory. Try to set up scratching posts throughout your home to keep your pet happy.
7. Kitty Proofing
There are potentially several dangers in a house, and you need to remove all of them as much as you can. Start with plants like lilies or tulips. Find out if any of your other plants are unsafe for cats. Be sure to remove any wires your cat could scratch. Keep medicines and supplements in a safe location.
8. Toys for the Kitty
Cats are very curious by nature and love to be stimulated. This is where toys come in handy because they allow cats to be as curious as they want to be. Plus, it offers much stimulation. Cats could play with their toys for a long time. You’ll need to get something new after a while to keep things fresh for them.
These tips should be really helpful to you as a first-time cat owner, but there’s always more to learn! Talk to your vet. Talk to any other cat parents you may know. Maybe they will have some additional tips for you, too.
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