January 12, 2018
Are you planning to adopt a cat?
Welcoming a new furry friend in your home is an amazing thing- but it is also a life-changing step which takes a lot of planning. The best way to get a pet is adoption. But, there are many factors to consider as a cat is a long-term commitment.
If you are adopting a kitten, then you need to know that they need to be fed more often than adult cats, which is every 8 hours. Cats love wet canned food- so, you can get the best cat food you can afford. Slowly, you must adapt the cat to the new food, otherwise he/she might have digestive problems. You should also check on the cat’s weight regularly, to be sure that the feline is in good health. As a matter of fact, cats are not heavy water drinkers, but they’ll always need it. So, it would be wise to keep their water bowl always refreshed.
The Litter Box
Most cats who lived in shelter already know how to use the litter boxes. But, you need to maintain it. Clumping litter is the easiest to deal with as you can just shake the litter and take out the clumps. You can then either put the clumps in a bag and dump them, or you can flush them in the loo. Now, there are different sizes of litter and you must choose the right one! If you are unsure, better take your furry friend to the pet shop to get some help. Also, it will be wise to clean the litter twice a day as you wouldn’t want your place to stink. And, the litter should be thick so that it is easier to scoop.
Unknown to many, cats need to be well-taken care of. For instance, it is not easy to brush your cat’s teeth, but it is not impossible! This avoid them from having dental issues as they grow older. They can also suffer from gum disease as they grow, so better brush their teeth on a weekly basis… if they let you! Some cats also need antibiotics- you might want to take them to a vet to get a full check of their health.
Despite the fact that their fur coats get easily heated, cats love sunbeams! To combat the heat, your cat might roll over and shed fur. You can help your furry friend by brushing it regularly. And in less than half an hour, you can expect to collect a fur ball! Another tip is to not bathe your cat often; they don’t like it and do not need it! You can shower then only once every three months- make sure to use room temperature water and cats’ shampoo!
The first time you leave your cat alone after adoption might be traumatic for them. You might want to find a pet-sitter to make it easier for your new pet to adjust. But if you can’t find any, you might expect distant behaviour from your pet after leaving it alone for the first time- but it’s okay as only time will make them used to it. Now, if you’re travelling with your feline, you must keep it safe in a hard cat carrier. Make sure to check on your animal every once and then while you move, it makes the pet feel safe and not threatened.
It won’t be easy to take care of a fur ball at first. But with patience, love, compromises and the right treatment, you might quickly become the best cat owner!