Did you know that over eighty-five million cats are owned throughout the United States? Since the pandemic started, cats have become a great way to combat some of the loneliness and boredom caused by quarantine. As such, there’s never been a better time to bring home a furry friend.
If it’s you’re first time getting a new cat, then you’re probably wondering what you can do to make the process as easy as possible for your animal friend. After all, moving is always a stressful event for felines.
Luckily, we’ve made this simple checklist so you know exactly what to do. As long as you follow this advice, then your new cat should begin feeling at home in no time. Let’s get started!
Seven Things Everyone Should Do When Getting a New Cat
It can take cats a while to feel at home in a new environment. As such, you should get everything ready for them before you make an appointment to adopt or buy.
That way, they can begin acclimating to your home the second they arrive. To make things easy, we’ve organized everything a new cat owner should do before getting their new pet. If it makes things easier, then print out this article and put a check once you’ve finished each step.
1. Get Supplies Ready
You must have all the supplies you’ll need ready before your new cat arrives. That way you can spend as much time with them as possible. So what do you need? The two most important needs to meet are food, water, and a bathroom. As such, a food/water bowl, cat food, litter box, and cat litter are some must-haves.
If you want to make them feel at home, then some treats and toys are some other great first-day supplies. Ideally, you want to make your cat feel like they’re part of your family. As such, cat furniture (like scratch posts or playgrounds) and bedding are optional, but they can go a long way toward making your animal feel at home. Just don’t be offended if they completely ignore it!
2. Designate a Safe Room
If you simply drop your cat into a new, large house or apartment, then they can get overwhelmed quickly. This is especially true if you live with roommates or have other animals on the property. Instead, designate a safe room for the cat. This should be the first room that your cat enters. It should be small, like a closet, bathroom, or corner of the room.
Let your cat feel comfortable in its safe space. It needs to feel like it has a sanctuary to retreat to if it’s scared. Certain social cats might leave their safe space almost instantaneously. Others might need a few days or even weeks before they feel comfortable.
3. Decide On a Breed
Before you decide on a cat, you might want to have a specific breed picked out. For some people, this factor isn’t important. However, others might prefer a certain breed, like the Bengal cat.
The breed isn’t just for looks either. It can also play an important role in determining the cat’s personality type. As such, if it’s important to you, then you should do some research. Otherwise, simply visit the adoption center or seller and meet the different cats until you find a good fit.
4. Cat-Proof Your Home
Every cat is different. Some might have no problem fitting into an environment with minimal intrusion. Other cats are curious and want to explore and play in every nook and cranny.
Common sense and trial/error are the best ways to cat-proof your home. Seal of areas of the house they can easily get lost in. Similarly, you might want to put away expensive or breakable objects. Your new cat might easily swipe them off the shelf and break them.
5. Set Up an Area For Feeding and Drinking
Next, it’s time to set up a designated spot for your cat to eat and drink. During this time, you also want to decide on your cat’s diet. Dry food is usually recommended, but some cats might also require some soft food for dietary or medical reasons.
Certain types of felines require more or less food than others, so make sure to do some research. Remember to refill your cat’s water bowl often. Cat’s need to stay hydrated especially if they’re on a dry food diet.
6. Designate a Litter and Sleeping Area
Next, set up a litter box and make sure your cat knows where it is. Try and find a large, well-ventilated area. This will make it less smelly than putting it in a small, confined space. Most cats are toilet trained, but others might need some time before they regularly use their litter box.
To avoid accidents, make sure to keep the litter box as clean as possible. You should also designate a sleeping area. Some cats might want to sleep in the bed with you. Or, they might prefer a couch, chair, or similar cozy spot. Just remember that the early habits you set for your cat will likely last their entire life.
7. Schedule a Vet Visit
An initial vet visit is important to make sure that your cat has all the necessary vaccinations. You should also test for common diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). If your cat isn’t spayed or neutered, then you should also schedule an appointment to get it done.
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We hope this article helped teach you everything you need to know about getting a new cat. Bringing a new pet home can be stressful, but it’s also an exciting experience.
Luckily, as long as you follow the advice on your list, then your new furry friend should have no problem settling in. Did you enjoy this article? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find more topics you’re sure to love.