I made mistakes when I first got a cat, I had questions I never asked or got an answer too. It would have been great it there would be someone at that time who would give me tips. That’s why here are some handy tips for new or soon-to-be cat owners!
- (some) cats are easily amused. They don’t always need fancy toys. Shoelaces, a piece of paper or lids from bottles will do fine.
- Spay or neuter your cat. Your cat doesn’t need to have a litter before being castrated. It will save you a lot of vet bills, and give your cat a life without stress.
- Cats want to cuddle. In the bed, on the couch, on your lap. Be ready for hair. LOTS OF HAIR. In your mouth, on the floor, no matter how often you vacuüm. Just pick it out of your food and move on.
- If you don’t provide the right things for your cat (scratching post, other surfaces to scratch on), the cat will be very happy to scratch your furniture.
- You can train cats, it just takes longer than it does with dogs.
- If your cat does something you don’t like, be firm and consequent. Say no, and correct the kitty. Don’t use your cat’s name when you’re angry at him.
- To distract the cat when he’s doing something he’s not allowed to do, make a loud sound, clap your hands, or use a spray bottle. But make sure the cat doesn’t see you doing it. Or else he might connect you with the sound or the spray bottle.
- It could be a good idea to stay home for the first week when you are getting a new kitten. They have to get used to everything new, and to you!
- Cats can take care of themselves, but they need help here and there. They can’t fill their foodbowl, and long-haired cats need an extra hand on grooming. Before you adopt, make sure that your lifestyle can make room for a feline. How busy you are and the amount of time you spend at home will dictate the kind of cat you should get — very busy people may find it difficult to find the time for a cat that needs a lot of grooming and attention, especially the highly intelligent and active cats. Do your research, there are enough cats who fit in the busy working-life.
- What are your expectations when you get a cat? Remember, it’s not a dog.You have to work on the bond between the two of you.
- Remember about vaccinations and check ups! (even when your cat is only indoor)
- Is your cat going to be an indoor or outdoor cat? If you want your cat to be an outdoor cat, is the environment where you live suitable for an outdoor cat? If you live next to a busy road, I would suggest keeping your cat indoor.
- Cats can live a great life indoors.
- Are you ready to clean the litter box on a daily basis? Even if you have a high quality litter, nothing keeps the smell away. How would you feel to use the toilet that haven’t been flushed in a few days? … Exactly.
- Do your homework, which food is the best for your cat? No-grain is the best, but it’s pricy.
- To prevent your cat from being bored, make sure you have enough toys that will keep your cat entertained.
- Cats need at least 10 minutes of play time with you.
- If you’re scared of vet bills — you never know. Think about a cat insurance.
- When you bring home a kitten. Start early on grooming sessions, trimming the nails and eventually brushing the teeth. So it won’t cause trouble in the future.
- Buy toys that don’t hurt when you step on it.
- Create a routine when you’re going to give your cat food. If you don’t want to free feed. Remember, some cats don’t do well with free-feeding!
- Don’t use your hands to play with. Your hands are not toys.
- If you want a long-haired cat, you need to groom it daily, or every other day.
- Do your very best to understand the cat language. Read books, watch tv about it, anything! It will help you a lot in the future.
- Is your house cat proof?
- Make sure you have done your homework and research before you get a cat.
- Be ready to love the kitty unconditionally.
More helpful links
Cat Laser Toys
Open Window Hazard
How To Prevent A Finicky Cat
Indoor Cats Pros & Cons
10 Minutes & Talking
Play Before Bedtime
Which Brush Do You Need?
Myths About Spaying and Neutering
the Importance of Spay and Neutering
Cats & Hygiene
the Importance of Grooming
When To Go To The Vet
Signs Of Pain
Kitty-proofing your house
For the cat owners on the internet, do you have more tips for soon to be cat/new owners?
And with what kind of things did you struggle when you first got a cat?
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