Are you a first time cat owner? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Cats were domesticated thousands of years ago and had come to help many of us that were in need of companionship. Owning a cat can be very rewarding. Read on to find out some tips on caring for your new cat.
Cats are amazing creatures and are often more independent than other pets. Since they have an independent nature, don’t be upset if your feline doesn’t warm up to you right away. The bond between a cat and a human takes some time to form, especially when you are a first time cat owner. Stick with it, because building that friendship can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
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There are a few purchases you will want to make as soon as you bring your cat home. First, there’s a scratching post. Cats have a need to stretch and sharpen their claws. You do not want your new pet ruining your furniture or carpet, so by giving them a scratching post of their own, they can satisfy their need and not destroy your property!
Your next purchase is a litter box and proper litter. A litter box is a private place for your new furry friend, but it will not be so special to them if it gets overly filled with waste. By cleaning the litter box regularly, you are less likely to come across accidents throughout the rest of your house.
Lastly, you will need to take your cat to the vet. There are vaccinations that your new cat needs to keep them protected from viruses and illnesses. Your veterinarian will discuss his or her recommendations during your new pet examination.
An interesting fact that you may not know is that cats do not like their drinking water near their food. You may have a dog and think that they should be placed beside one another, but don’t do this! A cat’s instinct tells them not to drink water near freshly killed prey. (In your home, the freshly killed prey is the food that you are feeding them.) Make sure to keep those two bowls separated to keep your kitty hydrated throughout the day.
Cats are great pets. Remember to take your time while warming up to your new feline friend and enjoy what could be the beginning of a twenty plus year relationship.