Basics About Cat Ownership:
Cat ownership is a fun and rewarding experience. If you are new to having a cat there are just a few basics you will need to know regarding the proper care of your new furry feline. Cats are one of the few pets that don’t entail a tremendous amount of work, but there are a few necessities that are needed to make the adjustment to cat ownership more comfortable for the owner and the cat.
What do I Need to Have on Hand Before I Bring Home a Cat or Kitten?
First of all, you will need a litter box. These can be purchased very inexpensively at any department store. The litter box needs to be large enough for the cat to fit into comfortably. When introducing a new cat or kitten to the home, it is always wise to keep the litter box in the same place. Placing a trash bag under the litter box may help make clean-up easier. Cat litter comes in a variety of styles including cedar shavings that tend to cut down on odor. Regular cat litter is inexpensive and will also work fine. You will need a bowl for the cat’s food and one for water. You will also need a supply of cat food, a few toys and possibly a comfortable kitty bed.
Cat ownership also includes taking a new cat or kitten to a qualified vet as soon as possible. Kittens may need to be wormed and have vaccinations. Older cats may need to be spayed or neutered. Many times cats and kittens from animal shelters have already been given their first set of shots, been wormed and may also have been spayed or neutered, so this is just one pro of getting a cat from an animal rescue shelter. If you have found a stray cat or kitten though, it may be impossible to know whether they have ever received vet care, so it’s essential to have the vet check them out quickly.
What to Expect When You Arrive at Home With Your New Cat:
Cats are similar to humans in the fact that they all have different personalities. The first day in a new home may prove to be quite traumatic for some cats. They may dart underneath the nearest piece of furniture and stay there until coaxed out by a gentle voice. Other cats may trot into their new home and immediately act like they’ve been there their entire life! If your new cat or kitten acts shy for the first few days, don’t take it personally. They will eventually warm up to their new family and forget that they were ever fearful.
Becoming a new cat owner is very rewarding. If you decide to get the cat or kitten from an animal shelter, you will always know that you may have saved the cats life. Often times owners of shelter animals state that they feel the cat also knows they were rescued and they become quite loyal to their new family in a short amount of time.
Reference: Personal Experience