Your decision to adopt a cat or kitten is one that will enrich your life immensely. And good for you: You're doing your homework first to get off on the right foot as a new pet owner. These tips will give you a helpful overview of what to bring home and why it's needed. Add love and attention, and you're off to a great start!
What Do I Need to Take Care of My New Cat? - PetSmart
These are some of the most important aspects of veterinary care for your cat. However, each cat is different and care should be based on what is best for your particular cat. For instance, older cats may require more specialized testing, special diets, medications, or other types of care, and cats with weight issues may require a weight control program. Your veterinarian should always be your primary source of information about what type of care your cat needs. Functioning as a team with your veterinarian and her staff will ensure the very best care for your new furry friend.
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Initially, your new cat should be restricted to a single room in the house with all the necessities — food and water, a place to rest, a place to hide (this doesn’t need to be anything fancy — cats love having a cardboard box or paper bag to hide in), something to scratch, and a litter box. This is also the perfect time to set up your litter cafeteria so that you know exactly what your cat will like best! Be sure to spend plenty of time with your new cat during this time, but don’t force him to interact with you — you should let him come to you on his own terms. Some cats will be out exploring that first day, and others might hide for a week, so it is important to go as slowly as your cat needs you to.
Bringing Your New Cat Home : The Humane Society of the United States
There are several types of foods to choose from when deciding what to feed your cat. If possible, find out what kind of food the breeder, shelter, or pet store was feeding your cat and stick to the same diet for a while. He will be adjusting to so many new things during his first few weeks at home that keeping his diet the same may be a comfort to him. What you feed your new cat also depends on his age: kittens need a special diet and senior cats may also require a diet formulated especially for seniors.Although cats do groom themselves quite often, their coats still benefit from a thorough shampooing and conditioning, as well as regular brushing to remove loose hair and dander, and to prevent matting on the longer-haired cats as well. If grooming your own new cat is too daunting for you to attempt, we recommend that you find a gentle, professional groomer who LIKES cats (this is important – many groomers only want to work on dogs, so you may need to ask around to locate one that is “cat-friendly”) you will be pleasantly surprised at how clean and healthy your cat’s coat will feel, and how nice it is to not have shedding or matting to contend with. Just like with dogs, some people will even opt to have their cats shaved to eliminate shedding, or to lessen the maintenance of a long-haired coat; this is up to you as the new owner to decide what is best for you and your new feline friend.