Cats can be a delightful and enjoyable addition to any family. If you’ve decided to add one to your family, you’re in for a special treat. But, before you go out and adopt a cat, there are some important things you need to know.
1. Pick A Cat To Fit Your Lifestyle
If you’re a relatively busy person, you should consider adopting a cat that has short fur and that is older with less energy. This will allow you to maintain your hectic lifestyle without neglecting the cat. For people who spend most of their time at home, a young kitten with a lot of energy would be a better match since you’ll be able to play with it and give it plenty of attention. Long-haired cats are also better suited for a homebound family because they’ll be able to perform the daily grooming maintenance required.
2. Get Your Cat A Check-Up
Cats, much like humans, are susceptible to medical conditions and illnesses. Once you’ve adopted a cat, it is imperative that you take it to a vet for a medical examination, its immunization shots, and a medical procedure to get it spayed or neutered. Getting your cat fixed is essential to its longevity and its ability to adapt to a sheltered lifestyle. Be sure to ask your vet how often you should bring your cat in to receive backup immunization shots.
3. Stock Up On Cat Items
While cats are mostly independent, there are some essential items you’ll need to give your cat its best life. Cats will need a food dish, a cat box, cat litter, a grooming brush (if required), an identification tag (in case it escapes), and a supply of healthy cat food. Depending on the age and energy level of your cat, toys might also be a necessity. Younger and middle-aged cats love to sharpen their claws on furniture, so to protect your home from damage, invest in a large cat tree or a scratching post.
4. Cat-Proof Your Home
Cats are almost like having a child around the house. They will explore everything, knock things over, eat or drink things that are left out, chew on things because they’re curious, and will escape out of an open window or door if given the opportunity. It is vital that you begin to cat-proof your home by blocking escape routes, keeping all toxic chemicals locked away, and organizing your possessions to reduce falling dangers in your home.