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A Beginner’s Guide to Having a Cat

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  • 18 January 2018
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If you’ve decided to bring a cat into your home for the first time, you’re at the beginning of a very rewarding experience. Since cats are dynamic animals with strong personalities, we want to share some helpful advice and tips for being a first-time pet parent:

1. Understanding Independence

It’s true that cats tend to have strong and independent personalities. However, your pet definitely still needs you. Your cat will depend on you for food and fresh water on a daily basis. And while your cat will enjoy its alone time, your pet will also like playing with you. Finding the right balance is something that will come naturally as both you and your cat adjust to being under the same roof.

2. Allergies

If you know that you want a cat but are still in the process of doing research, allergies may be a topic that you have questions about. People can be allergic to cats. As a rule of thumb, if you’ve been around cats and not had any reactions, chances are you’re not allergic. If you still have concerns, you can easily find lists of cat breeds that are known for having low allergens.

3. Medical Care

Either before you bring your cat home or during the first few days that you have your pet, be sure to take it to a local vet for a checkup and immunizations. If it hasn’t been done already, it’s also a very good idea to schedule a spaying/neutering for your cat as soon as age permits. This procedure can help ensure your pet has a happy and healthy life.

4. Getting Your Home Ready

Two of the most important things to get for your new cat are a litter box and food. As far as which litter box to choose, a covered box will give you and your cat more privacy. A good rule of thumb is to have one more litter box in the house than the total number of cats.

Find out what your cat has been eating and transition your new pet slowly to a high quality food like Pet Wants. Since cats need moisture in their diet, you should incorporate high quality canned food into their diet.

Be sure you have water available for your cat. Many cats prefer moving water, so consider investing in a cat fountain to entice them to drink regularly.

A scratching post can also be a good investment as it will allow your cat to use its claws and energy on something that isn’t your furniture.

5. Having Fun with Your Cat

While your new pet will enjoy playing around on its own, you’ll also be able to have a lot of one-on-one fun with your cat.

There are a variety of different toys that cats enjoy. You’ll find that your pet has its own set of preferences, so try out a number of options to see how your cat reacts. Regularly introducing new toys during playtime will also keep your cat from getting bored.

By following what we covered in this guide, you’ll be able to get off to a really great start with your new cat!