Being a cat owner is maybe one of the proudest thing you can tell your friends or family.
The happiness you get from being a cat owner is unmeasurable but it also takes a lot of responsibility that’s why you’re doing your best to be the best cat owner there will be.
To be the best, you need to follow these ten important tips to help (especially the first-time cat-owners) enhance your happy cat-owner journey ahead.
1. Choose the best veterinarian
First things you’ll need to do is find a great veterinarian for your catto, preferably near your home. Ask for local vet recommendations from your cat-owning friends or check vet directory sites like BringFido. On your cat’s first check-up, don’t be shy to ask if your vet notices anything about the health of your cat that you should be aware of.
2. Ready your cat’s room
The best way to help your new cat adapt easily to your home is to get comfortable in a designated spot. This room or enclosed area should contain its litter box, bed, food and toys.
Cats usually need time to warm up to new people and environments so it’s important to have space set aside for your new feline family member, particularly if you have other pets or children in your household.
3. Remember: it’s all right if your cat hides from you
It’s normal for a cat to hide under the bed and disappear for a long period of time. If this is the case, sit down and wait for your cat to approach you. If not, try again later.
Make sure you leave food and water for your cat, and if it seems he’s not going to eat for a couple of days, call your doctor for guidance.
4. Be ready to groom your cat all the time
You’re going to start getting cat hair all over. All cats need grooming to some degree, so invest in quality grooming equipment because every week you’ll find yourself using them on your kitty.
5. Don’t forget to socialize with your cat
Most people believe that cats are antisocial, however it doesn’t mean they don’t need playtime. Every day, you need to hang out with your cat, helping him to get used to social situations and environments.
This is particularly important when you bring a kitten home as the prime socialization period is known to be two to twelve weeks old.
6. Clean out the litter box daily
Litter boxes are convenient, but if you don’t wash them, they can get dirty. A simple daily spot cleaning and some litter formulas should make it easy to scoop and flush all waste into the bathroom.
Your cat is going to love you for giving him a nice clean spot where he can relieve himself, and you’re going to appreciate not having to smell the clutter he leaves behind.
7. Invest in a scratching post
The furniture, drapery, and carpet will thank you for it. For their scratching impulses, cats need an outlet, so it’s smart to provide a scratching post. It’s also a great way with cats to workout and get their routine stretches in.
8. Know your cat’s food’s ingredients
Take a moment to read the list of ingredients before being tempted to buy cat food in adorable commercials. Many of these massive consumer cat food brands include preservatives, such as BHT, BHA, and ethoxyquin, and filler ingredients, such as meat by-products, meat meal, and cornmeal.
Take a closer look at food certified by American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), ask your veterinarian or explore which food brands are good for your cat’s diet.
9. Don’t forget to train your cat
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your pet, and how much they can understand is surprising. Don’t punish them for bad behavior but rather praise them for actions you would like to encourage.
If your cat is stressed and for no reason acts out, contact your vet and make sure that there’s nothing wrong medically.
10. Get some fun toys for your cat
Cats love to play with toys! There are plenty of toys out there that are great excuses for you to hang out with your cat, from little felt mice to balls with tiny bells on them. They’re going to enjoy it as much as you want.