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Essential Care Tips for First-Time Cat Owners

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by Brandon Butler | 1 year, 3 months ago

This guest post is by Brandon Butler, Chief Animal Lover of Fur and Feathers Inc.

Bringing a new pet home is always an exciting experience. But if this is your first time adopting a cat, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. What supplies will you need to buy? Which type of cat food should you purchase? How do you find a vet? And how can you ensure your feline friend enjoys a smooth transition into your home? Don’t let all of these questions scare you away from adopting a loving pet. Plan ahead and you’ll be prepared to give your cat the best possible life!

Things to Consider at Home Before You Get a Cat

Before you bring your new cat home, make sure your home is ready! Cats are very sensitive to changes in their environment and it’s important that they feel secure as they get accustomed to your space. Set up a little area that your cat can call his own, like a laundry room or bathroom, and outfit it with toys, a litter box, covered bed, food and water bowls, a treat box, and a scratching post. You can get everything you need from a local pet store or by shopping online. While you’re at it, consider treating your cat to some handmade accessories and wellness products from The Art of the Pet catalogue!

Remember to pick up some cat treats as well. Giving your cat treats is a great way to get their attention so you can start bonding. You can even use tasty treats for training! Look for treats that provide health benefits for your cat. For example, Cat Life Today points out that CBD cat treats are loaded with benefits! For example, they can help your new pet relax in your home and overcome anxiety-related behaviors. CBD treats can also be beneficial for older cats with joint and muscle pain. Just make sure you do your research to find a quality CBD product!

Feeding Your Cat: Learn How to Read Pet Food Labels

Cat food is another thing you’ll have to buy before bringing your pet home. With so many different types of cat food out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. PetCoach recommends learning how to read pet food labels so you can make an informed decision for your furry friend. Make sure you understand everything on the label, from the guaranteed analysis to the specific items that make up the ingredient list. Look for a cat food variety that meets your cat’s nutritional needs as well as your quality standards. Remember, you can always talk to a vet for recommendations!

Schedule a Trip to the Vet

Try to make a trip to the veterinarian within a week of adopting your cat. At your first vet visit, your veterinarian will make sure your new cat is healthy by looking for signs of potential medical problems. It’s important to catch underlying medical issues as early as possible to increase the chances of treatment success. This is a great time to talk to your vet about preventive care strategies including vaccinations, dental care, spaying or neutering, parasite preventatives, and microchipping. 

Set Some Household Ground Rules

Finally, make sure you set some ground rules with the other people in your household. It’s important that everyone is on the same page when it comes to your cat’s care routine, training plan, and behavior boundaries. Some important things to discuss with your household members include whether or not the cat will be allowed in certain rooms of the house, on the bed, or on your other furniture. You’ll also have to decide if your cat will be allowed outside.

Every cat has a different personality, so you never know exactly what you’re getting into when you bring home a feline friend. No matter how much planning you do, you’re bound to encounter a few hiccups along the way. Try to maintain your patience and sense of humor as you overcome challenges. As you and your new cat get used to living with each other, you’ll quickly develop a strong bond of respect and understanding—and you’ll be inseparable!

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