Have you recently become a new cat owner, or perhaps you are thinking about buying a cat? A cat can be a great addition to your family and life, but they can also be challenging to manage for new cat owners. Cats are not as easy to understand as dogs (perhaps a big part of their allure!), which means that it can be hard when you first bring a cat home. You will want to do all that you can to provide a happy and healthy lifestyle for your new feline friend, so read on for a few tips for new cat owners that should help.
Prepare Your Home
First, you need to make sure that your home is prepared before bringing the cat home. Cats can be shy and nervous creatures that can take some time to adjust to new environments, so you need to create a calm, welcoming home. This should also include an area of the home that is their own, such as an enclosed space with a bed, toys, and treats. You need to respect your cat’s boundaries and allow it time to settle into your home.
Find A Good Vet
A vital step that you need to take early on is finding a good vet for your cat in your local area. The cat should be taken for a checkup, immunized, and microchipped before you bring it home. You should also spend time speaking with the vet and getting any questions that you have answered.
Have A Litter Box
Having a litter box for your cat is important so that they have an indoor space where they can go to the toilet. It is usually not too hard to train a cat to use a litter box, but be aware that litter box problems often stem from stress, so you may need to find ways to create a less stressful environment if your cat does not use the litter box. The cat litter box is one problem you need to take care of, but often there is a simple solution, including creating safe locations, new toys, and installing cat shelves.
Play With The Cat Often
Cats are often not particularly affectionate, but they do love to play, and this can be a great way to mentally stimulate the cat as well as build a stronger relationship. You should have a range of toys for them to play with, and often, you find that simple things like string, feathers, and even empty boxes can keep your cat entertained.
Feed Your Cat Healthy Food
A healthy cat is a happy cat, and the food that you feed it will have a huge impact on its wellbeing. You should buy the best quality canned food that suits your budget and ensure that your cat is getting enough food and water each day (you should also avoid giving it human food).
A cat can be a great addition to your lifestyle, but they are also unique pets, and it can take some time to understand them. Hopefully, these tips will speed this up and help you to get your cat settled at home.