7 tips to care for your new cat
You’ve just welcomed a new furry family member and it’s an exciting time, but it can be a little daunting, too. You think they’re absolutely adorable and you want to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. Well, Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic in Northampton, we’re right there with you.
Here are the key things to consider when welcoming a new cat into your home, or we’re happy to give you all of this advice in person… Just bring your new feline friend in to see us and we can chat through the finer details of good cat care.
Of course, if you want advice you can read through right now, here’s the basics you need to know..
Cat-proof your home…
- Make sure any loose cables are tied up or out of sight, and find out-of-reach places for any plants that can be harmful to cats.
- Buy a plug-in pheromone diffuser to calm their nerves when they first get home.
- Create lots of different places for them to relax, like boxes with blankets inside or beds hanging over radiators for a cosy reception.
- Have their litter tray somewhere they’ll find it easily, and try to emulate anything they’re previously used to if they’re already litter-trained (e.g. use the same kind of litter or tray that they’re used to from their previous home).
- Buy food that’s recommended for your cat, based on age, activity, and overall health. Your vet can give you advice on what’s best for your cat.
- Make sure they always have fresh, clean water.
- Keep them away from foods that are poisonous to cats (even if they want it…)
- Cats love milk, but cow milk isn’t good for them. Only give them cat milk.
- Treats should just be that. Use them occasionally for positive reinforcement (and because you love them).
Get grooming right…
- A groomed cat is a happy cat. Brush your cat regularly to remove any excess fluff and any pollen or dust-mites that cling to their fur in the warmer months.
- Occasionally their nails need clipping, but having a couple of sturdy scratch-posts should keep their nails short and sharp without human intervention.
Handle them daily…
- Make sure to handle your cat for a few minutes every day, especially when they’re kittens, so that they’re used to being handled.
Ready to play?
- It’s incredibly important to make sure there are enough toys and mental stimulation in your home to keep your cat entertained and mentally challenged.
- Not only will this keep them happier when you’re not there, but it also stops the temptation to claw furniture or eat plants. Plus, they’ll sleep better (meaning you will, too!).
Take them to the vets…
- Give them a clean bill of health with a visit to the vets, where they can be microchipped and vaccinated, if they haven’t already been. Give them the best start in life.
- Feeling nervous about it? Read through our tips for a calm and collected trip to the vets.
Time to go shopping…
Whether you’re waiting to pick up your new family member or they’re watching you read this, here’s a quick checklist to make sure you have everything:
- Vet-approved cat food
- Food and water dishes
- Stimulating toys
- Scratching posts
- Grooming brushes
- Cat collar with name tag
- Litter box (and litter!)
- Cat carrier
- Cat bed and blankets (although don’t be offended if they choose to sleep anywhere else)
Remember, if you ever need any more advice, our vet nurses are just a call away.