Considering getting a cat? Cats are ideal house pets because they are relatively easy to care for and usually very affectionate. Preparing for a new cat or kitten is part of the fun of adopting a cat! Here are a few tips for making sure you have what the cat needs and how to introduce a new cat to your home. There is also a free new cat checklist you can print for your convenience.
How To Pick A New Cat Or Kitten
First, you will have to find a cat or kitten to adopt. When possible, consider adopting one from your local animal control shelter or the ASPCA as there are so many animals that need homes.
If you are trying to decide between a cat and a kitten, keep in mind that cats are usually much easier to adopt because they don’t need as much time, attention, or training. Be aware that though kittens usually get the whole idea of the litter box pretty easily, they may have accidents if it is located too far away from them of they accidentally get locked in a room without litter box access and are forced to hold it for too long.
If you already have a cat, consider that adopting a female cat or kitten as boy cats often don’t get along.
Once you decide where to adopt your cat or kitten, you may want to prep your home before actually adopt the cat.
How To Prepare For A New Cat or Kitten
Use my new cat checklist above to help you prepare.
Prepare Your House
Prepare your home before you introduce a new cat. You will want to give some thought to what area of the home will be best for the litter box and make sure the cat or kitten will have easy access at all times to the litter box. You may want to limit the cat’s ability to roam at first so consider which part of the house may be closed off to the cat.
It is a good idea to buy the cat essentials before hand so you will be ready with a litter box on hand when kitty comes home. You will also want to do some catproofing before introducing a new cat to your home. Here are more details on preparing for a new cat.
For those who are new cat owners, your house may require a little catproofing! Cats can jump quite high which means that they can get up onto bookshelves and knock valuables down by accident. To make your house pet proof you will need to firstly take down anything that is likely to fall and is of a high value. You may even want to rearrange your shelves to make sure that they cannot climb on to them.
Scratch pads are an ideal solution that your cats will enjoy climbing on and scratching on but you will still have to train them as they may prefer to go for the furniture. You can use repellent spray on your furniture to help cats learn. One of the best ways to make your house pet proof is to give cats their own space. They are very territorial animals and by making a small corner or part of a room theirs they will be happier to treat this area with respect and stay in that part of the room.
Healthy Cat Food
You will also want to treat you cat with a healthy cat food that they will enjoy and that will also give them good nourishment. Cats can be picky so you may want to start with a variety of flavors and give them their favorite ones to help them get settled and as a treat for good behavior.
A healthy diet is not only a great way to reward a cat, it can also have benefits such as a great fur coat. Improving health is definitely one of the top ways to get your cat behaving and having less unexpected accidents like peeing in unusual spots or coughing up fur balls. You can find a lot of low-priced high-quality cat foods and cat accessories by going online as there you will find the widest selection available.
It is important to protect your cat from fleas for both your kitty’s comfort and for yours! I try to go natural as much as possible but when it comes to flea protection, I don’t mess around. I suggest you got with a monthly flea protection.
Tips For Introducing A New Cat To Your Home
Cats are territorial and finding themselves in a completely new space can be very stressful for new cats. The best way to introduce a new cat to your home is to do so when you have some free time to devote to the process. You will want to go slow and limit any noise or interruptions during the introduction.
Limit The Area The Cat Can Roam
You may also want to limit the area that you will let the cat roam. For example, if you are introducing a new kitten, you may only want to give it access to one room for the first few weeks while it becomes familiar with the space and litter box. If you are introducing a new cat, you may want to give them access to only the downstairs or only certain wing of the house. You want reduce their feelings of being overwhelmed as well as make it easy for them to find their litter box.
Make Sure Litter Box, Food Bowl, And Water Bowl Are Available At All Times
Make sure the litter box and cat food and water bowl are all available to the cat right away so the cat can become used to them and know where to find them. These will help reassure the cat that this is a friendly space meant for him to live in.
Allow The Cat To Be In Control
Family members can be there but allow the cat roam around freely and explore at his or her own rate while offering pet and assurance of welcome. Often times when cats are nervous, they may hide under beds or furniture or in cat houses. Let them do this and allow them to feel in control of when they come out to explore.
Wait To Introduce Other Pets
If you have other pets, do not introduce them immediately. Allow the new cat to become familiar with part of your home, before opening up the rest of the home and introducing new pets to the cat.
I hope you found these tips helpful for preparing for a new cat. It is a good idea for new cat owners to make sure to get everything the cat will need before the cat adoption. That way you can just focus on how to introduce a new cat to your home and enjoy the experience!
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