Considerations Before Having a Cat for New Cat Owners

Cats can be great friends. But there’s a lot more to owning a cat than having a cute, gentle and purring companion. Before you get one, there are a few things you should think about, and some pretty good things to know.

Animalfoundation shares 10 Considerations Before Owning a Cat for New Cat Owners:

1. Cats are naturally independent, but they are not capable of taking care of themselves. Before you adopt, make sure that your lifestyle can make room for the cat. How busy you are and the amount of time you spend at home will determine the type of cat you should get – very busy people may find it difficult to find time for a cat that requires a lot of care and attention, especially one that is very intelligent and active. ideal for the work lifestyle.

2. What if your circumstances changed after being adopted?

3. Do you have any allergies? Then again, some people with allergies may be able to adapt to their own pets, but still be allergic to other cats. The safe bet is to choose a cat with a low allergen. Consult a vet, book, or animal shelter for advice.

4. Before bringing your cat home, take it for examination and immunization. Also, schedule to be neutered as soon as age permits. This can mean the difference between a healthy and happy cat, and a poor cat trying to claw its way through the window or spray your furniture.

5. Get quality litter boxes and litter boxes. A closed box can allow you and your cat more privacy, and clumps of litter are easier to care for. Keep the box clean, for the comfort of your cat and nose. Also, make sure you buy a balanced and age-appropriate diet for your cat. Ask your veterinarian, a representative at your local pet store, or take a look at “Smart Ways to Feed Cats” for some suggestions.

6. Cats love to play. Rat toys, strings, feathers, and even empty boxes are amused. Playthings don’t need to be expensive (they can even be homemade), just make sure there’s enough to keep your cat happy, active, and mentally busy.

7. If you don’t want your couch to rip, or your new Louis Vuitton bag ruined, invest in a scratching pole.

8. Frozen catnip, and frozen chicken nuggets are excellent tools for cat feeding and training.

9. Get pet insurance. We hope you don’t need them, but they always seem to say, “Better safe than sorry.”

10. If it’s a kitten you’re bringing home, make sure you start regular grooming early. Bathing, brushing your teeth, and trimming your nails will be events to look forward to, not something to be afraid of.