Adding a cat to your family will bring a lot of love, joy, and entertainment into your life. For those who are new to the world of feline ownership, you may think you can simply bring one home, put out food, and leave them to their own devices. Just like any other animal though, cats require time, energy, and special care in order to stay happy and healthy.
Learning to be a good cat parent is an ongoing process, but here are a few of the most essential tips to get you started on the right path!
Do some research before choosing your feline friend.
Before you head to the shelter or call a breeder, consider which qualities you’re looking for in a cat. Different breeds have different characteristics and care requirements that might make some a better fit for your lifestyle than others. Whether you’re adopting or buying from a breeder, you need to ensure you’ll be able to give the cat you choose the quality life they deserve.
Make time to prepare and maintain the litter box.
Cats can be particular about their bathrooms, just like us humans. A general rule of thumb is to have as many litter boxes as you do cats, plus one extra. Find a spot for the boxes that is easy for your cat to access, but still affords them a good level of privacy. Also be sure to keep the litter clean, scooping once a day or every other. Some cats will refuse to use their box if they deem it too dirty.
Cats need stimulation and attention.
Cats get a rep for being independent, but it’s also important that you play with and show affection to your cat too. Cats are curious, intelligent creatures who need mental stimulation and physical activity to thrive. Give them a variety of toys to engage with, a scratch post to sharpen their claws (so they don’t use your furniture!), and set aside plenty of time for play, petting, and if they like it, snuggling.
Keep up with veterinary care.
When you first bring your cat home, you should schedule an initial vet appointment to make sure they’re up to date on all of their shots and health screenings and identify any potential health issues. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions you have about cat care and, if they’re not already, schedule a time for your cat to be spayed or neutered. You may also want to inquire about pet insurance.
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