We think a cat can make for the best pet in the world. To truly love a cat, you must learn to accept them for their what they are – unpredictable and quirky which is something unique and unlike any other pet. If you let them, they will find a way to warm your heart with their affection and loving nature. Here are some helpful tips to transition into a life with the purrrfect companion:
1. Remember, cats are NOT dogs
Cats are independent by nature, and at times prefer their solitude. Try not to get too discouraged if your new kitty doesn’t greet you at the door upon arrival and remember that this is just who they are. Your new kitten/cat may take a little while to warm up to you, especially if they are from a shelter or rescue, so take it easy on them when they give you a little cattitude (yes we love cat puns).
2.Giving milk to cats may not be the best idea
We’ve all seen the old cartoons and books with cats drinking milk from a saucer bowl but this isn’t actually veterinary recommended despite the myth. Many cats have a lactose intolerance and drinking cow’s milk can upset their tummies a great deal. Water will do just fine and if you’re looking to spoil your new companion consider some cat treats or play toys instead.
3. Save your sofa- invest in a scratching post
Sharpening their claws on your leather sofa may not be exactly what you had in mind, so look to purchase a scratching post so that your new kitty can enjoy themselves. Scratching is a part of their natural process and giving them a safe place to perform it right away will help them (and you) quite a bit.
4. Be aware of the litter box
The litter box is a personal place for any cat and if you want to keep them happy you’ll be sure to clean it and change the litter regularly. Depending on the size of your new companion, consider a box that will accommodate their size. Ones with lids are nice to allow your cat some privacy when he breaks for the box. The lid also helps to eliminate odors, and there are many deodorizers available that you can purchase to help mask the smell in between cleanings. Remember to keep the litter box in a place where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic so they have privacy – you’d want the same thing 🙂 (TidyCats.com is a website for one of the most popular and trusted brands in all things kitty litter on the market and a great resource for more information.)
5. Parasite control is vital to your cats health
To help protect your cat as well as your home from the onset of infection it’s important to use a monthly dosage of parasite control to safeguard your pet. One flea can mean thousands in the matter of days, so be mindful of this if you don’t want to risk the possibility of an infestation. This is especially the case if your cat will be heading outdoors.
6. Take precaution when incorporating your new cat in a home with other animals
No cat will waltz right in and make themselves comfy, especially in the presence of other animals in the home. Allow there to be some time for the new pets to become acclimated with each another. We’d recommend a slow integration of time together in key areas of the home. Make sure to let each pet have a safe zone that they can retreat to.
7. Small kittens and small kids are not the best idea
Sure tiny kittens are adorable and cuddly, but for a toddler or small child it isn’t always the best idea to mix the two. Most animal rescues highly recommend older kittens, approximately 6 months and up, when thinking of bringing home a younger cat for the little ones to love.
8. Cats do require consistent grooming
Most cats can be seen “bathing” themselves but they do still need to be brushed from time to time. If your cat has longer hair, then it’s a good idea to incorporate brushing in your daily routine. Brushing your cat often will help to eliminate some of the unwanted shedding, and most cats enjoy a little TLC and the feel of the brushing running through their thick fur. We recommend the PetZoom Self Cleaning Grooming Brush as it works great and is available for under $10 on Amazon. My Maine Coon mix, Mr. Purple, purrs loudly with each and every PetZoom brushing.