It can be daunting bringing home a new pet, especially if it’s your first time! But don’t stress, knowing the basics will have your cat purring in no time.
Making your home purr-fect
Bringing home a cat is the start of a long and happy life together. Below are some tips on welcoming the latest addition to your family:
- Choose a name – be creative and have fun!
- Serve fresh food and water every day in clean plastic, ceramic or stainless steel dishes.
- Make sure your cat’s litter tray is as long and wide as possible. Cats are generally happiest when they have a choice of at least two trays, which are easily accessible.
- Attach an ID tag and bell to your cat so you know when she’s trying to get out! Make sure her collar allows for a ‘quick release’, in case her head gets caught on a branch or similar. Also speak with your vet about microchip insertion in case your cat gets lost.
- Choose a bed for your cat. There are number of beds in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials available in stores, but even a closed cardboard box with soft bedding and a hole cut into one side will do. Bear in mind, however, that your new pet may prefer your favourite sweater!
- Choose a variety of sturdy cat toys. Dangle them from a string tied to a stick and watch your pet perform all sorts of complicated gymnastics, before putting them away again when playtime is over. Always check the toys for damage after each play session.
- Cats don’t need to be bathed on a regular basis, but brushing or combing your cat’s coat is a good habit.
- Find a vet that you can trust. This relationship may last 15 to 20 years.
- To prevent damage to carpets and furniture, provide scratching posts of sisal rope or horizontal strips of corrugated cardboard. Position a post near each of your cat’s favourite resting places.
- Finally, take lots of photos as your new pet will grow up very quickly. Plus, if your cat ever gets lost, recent photos on posters are a huge help to help bring them home.
Owning a cat can be a rewarding and wonderful experience. Remember to stay informed about the needs of your companion, to ensure a happy and healthy bond.