Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat

First Cat

Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s never too late to get your first cat.  These precious little fur babies can be the best companions.  However, once you decide to get a cat or kitten there are a few tips for preparing for your first cat, to make the transition as smooth as possible.

– Provisions: Naturally, the first thing you need to do is stock up on supplies for kitty!  You are going to need a litter pan, food, tags and a few toys.  Cats are pretty good at learning how to use a litter, it’s like a part of their DNA to want to use the same spot for the bathroom and cover it up. After only a week or so, your new kitty should acclimate to her litter pretty quickly.

You’re also going to need to get appropriate food for your new little fur baby.  They have different types of food depending on age and whether or not they are indoor or outdoor.  Check with your vet to see which food is best for your pet.

Another important supply for your new cat is a collar and tag.  Even if they are going to be indoor-only, it’s good for them to have tags in case they get let out accidentally (which does happen no matter how hard you try).

Lastly, you’re going to want to get a few toys for your first cat.  You don’t have to go all out on this one, just a few simple things will do.  Most cats like string toys that you can pull and they chase and one good cat nip filled toy that they can knock around.  They often favorite one or two toys so you really don’t need to get too many for them to be happy.

– Environment:  Kitty proofing is equally important.  It doesn’t take a whole lot to kitty proof, but it’s definitely a good idea.  Check for cables that they could chew on or get strangled in.  Also check for small items that they could eat or choke on.  Make sure to get rid of strings and rubber bands, cats can eat them and then they can tie around the intestine track which can cause serious complications.

One last important aspect to the kitty home is a comfy place to nap and rest.  Cats are pretty good at napping anywhere, but if you could get a little box and line it with a soft blanket there’s a good chance that she will absolutely love it.

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– Wellness Check:  It is essential to get your new kitty to the vet within the first few weeks.  She is going to need a check-up and vaccinations.  After this visit you will get set up on her shot schedule to make sure she stays healthy.  She may also need medicine or de-worming.  If she does have the start of an illness, taking her to the vet first thing can make all the difference in helping her get back to healthy as soon as possible.

– Pet Sitter:  You’ll want to plan ahead to be prepared for your cat’s care when you’ll be away from home.  Thinking ahead for those times when you’ll be on vacation or travelling for business.  Do your research to make sure you decide upon a professional, reliable and qualified pet sitter to care for your precious first cat.  At Lucy’s Pet Care, we’re happy to make sure she’s got lots of TLC, whenever you must be away from your Durham home.

A new cat is a great addition to your family.  They are furry little snuggle puffs that add nothing but love to your household.

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