Cats make excellent pets. Not only do they appear cute; they also make excellent companions. But then again, there is more to owning a pet cat than having a fluffy companion.
So, if you are new to this whole pet ownership thing, there are several points to keep in mind.
We’ve listed 10 of them below.
1. A cat can’t take care of himself properly.
Although our furry little cat friends are independent by nature, they are not always capable of caring for themselves. Therefore, before you welcome one at home, be sure that you are able to make room for him.
To know what specific cat breed best fits you, be sure you consider the amount of time you spend at home. If you do not have much time, you might find it hard to raise a cat that requires lots of attention and grooming.
Nonetheless, you can always find a feline that is ideal for your lifestyle. Do your homework.
2. Consider adopting.
Yes, adopting a cat is perhaps the best option. Aside from the fact that you are helping reduce the population of strays, you are also giving a living creature a new family. Isn’t that something to be happy about?
3. Think of your allergies.
Are you suffering from any allergies? Before you welcome a pet cat, test yourself first. You might have feline allergies.
However, you can always work things out. In fact, some cat owners eventually adapted to their own pets, but are still allergic to other felines.
Just to be sure, opt for a cat breed with low allergens. Ask your vet for suggestions. You can also consult animal shelters or read books.
4. Do not forget about immunizations and neutering.
Prior to bringing home your cat, make sure you take it to the vet for checkups and immunizations. It is also best to schedule him to be neutered.
Truth be told, neutering makes a difference between a happy and healthy cat. If your feline pal is miserable, you might have problems with his behaviour. You might often see him clawing your furniture.
5. Get a quality cat scratching post.
If you want to save your valued furniture pieces, a high-quality cat scratching post is all you need.
But when choosing one, there are features you need to check.
- Is there a hammock for your cat to rest?
- Are there toys to keep him busy?
- Is it sturdy enough to support your pet’s weight?
Once all these questions are answered, rest assured you can easily choose a scratching post.
6. Find a reliable litter box.
Litter boxes are important to ensure cleanliness and sanitation. Of course, you can purchase one in pet supply stores.
But choosing one can be a bit tough. To help you decide, opt for boxes that are covered to give your cat more privacy.
Also, it does not only end in buying. Once it is there, you have to teach your cat to use it. You must also keep it clean to keep your four-legged pal away from illnesses and diseases.
7. Allocate time for playing.
Cats enjoy playing. Feathers, strings, toy mice, and empty boxes provide entertainment, but toys don’t have to be very expensive. You can create one yourself. Use tissue paper rolls to create toy castles.
Apart from those toys, it is important that you spend time with them. Cuddle with them and talk with them. They’d really appreciate you doing that.
8. Take time to train them.
You can’t expect your pet cat to do awesome things the first day you bring him home.
You need to train him properly to help him be accustomed of the right things to do. When training, you might want to use catnip and chicken nuggets. They’re really great tools for bribery.
9. Get him a collar and a tag.
They’re not just fancy accessories. A collar and a tag serve as your cat’s identification in case he gets lost.
Make sure it has your name, address, and contact details, so that if he accidentally gets out of the house, anyone who sees him knows where to return him.
If you transfer residence or you update your contact number, change the info on the tag as well.
10. Start a grooming routine early.
If you are bringing a kitty home, be sure to have a grooming routine. Bathe him, brush him, and trim his claws. In the long run, he’ll get used to it. And then, he’ll always look forward to these activities. He will not associate it to a dreadful event.
These are just 10 helpful tips. There might be some other important points we missed, but we are hoping that these helped.
As a responsible pet cat owner, you are expected to know all this. If not all, at least half of them. Nonetheless, if you still have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
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