Whether you already have one or more cats and kittens at home, or else you are excitedly looking to adopt a cat or kitten for the first time, naturally one of the most important areas you should embark upon is to find a feline-experienced veterinary surgery.
With that being said, here are the top three questions to answered having adopted a new cat.
- What Do You Need to Buy for the Home?
There are so many different websites and stores out there, all claiming that a cat needs specific things that they are currently selling, and it can often be tricky to separate the wheat from the chaff.
At the very least, as long as you have the following items ready to go before you bring your cat back home with you, most other things are simply optional, but some still advisable, extras:
- A cat litter box – try to position this in a secluded corner away from their food and water
- Fresh water in a new bowl and a nearby food bowl
- Scratching posts (possibly with hanging catnip balls)
- A cat crate or carrier
- An ID tag and collar (or microchip them)
- A warm and soft cat bed
- A good supply of healthy cat food
- How Do You Cat-Proof the Home?
Before you bring your new cat home, there are indeed some essential tasks to complete to ensure your cat is safe and comfortable, one of the most important being to anchor top-heavy furniture or any unsteady, freestanding cabinet to the wall.
Cats love to climb and as such, make sure your television is securely fastened to the wall, or safely pushed back and that any breakable, fragile objects are stored away, rather than on show. Cats are particularly fond of pushing objects to the floor and this obsession with testing gravity could cause you to lose many sentimental items if you are not careful.
Remember, it is also crucial to register your new cat with a prestigious veterinary surgery, such as ortinganimalhospital.com, to ensure there is an emergency fail-safe should your cat become injured.
Other important methods of cat-proofing your home include securing the windows, removing any poisonous or toxic plants, covering your couch with blankets and tucked-in throws and keeping sharp objects hidden away.
- Should Your Cat be a House Cat?
Everyone enjoys seeing a happy cat wandering around their garden and often know to whom the cat actually belongs and it is absolutely true that your new cat will love access to the great outdoors.
However, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) recommended that the best thing for your cat is to keep them indoors with access to an outdoor enclosure.
Numerous studies have indicated that indoor cats tend to live substantially longer than cats who spend days on end wandering around outdoors. Ensure that you treat your cat for fleas approximately every month and to keep them safe, be sure to only let them outside in daylight hours.
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