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Monday, June 18, 2012

Proper Cat Care For Your New Adoption

Adding to your family by adopting a shelter car is very rewarding.  In order to have the most successful experience possible, here are five tips to help you learn about cats.

Prepare Your Home

Prepare your home to keep your furry friend out of trouble.  Cats are very curious by nature and will explore everything.  Move all chemicals to cabinets or closets.

Feed Your Cat Properly

A good way to ensure your cat stays healthy starts with the food.  You veterinarian can help you select the best food for your pet.  However, if you change foods, add small amounts of the new food to the old food and increase the proportion of new food to old food slowly over the course of several weeks.  This helps your cat avoid digestive woes.

Use The Right Litter

Cat owners who properly clean, select the right litter, and box size will enjoy their experience the most.  Litter should be scooped either once a day or every other day and the entire litter should be changed weekly.  Use unscented litter, as the cat may avoid using a litter box filled with scented litter because it irritates their sensitive noses.  A proper sized litter box means the cat can see out of the opening when filled with three inches of littler.

Select The Proper Scratching Post(s)

There are styles and colors of scratching posts to suit even the pickiest fashionista.  However, when picking out a scratching post, there are two key concerns.  First, your feline friend may prefer scratching wither vertically or horizontally.  New cat owners should consider either buying or purchasing one of each type of scratching post.  Second, choose a post upholstered with carpet or wrapped sisal to ensure your cat enjoys the feel of the material.

Make Playtime Fun

Playing with your new friend can be one of the best parts of your day.  Additionally, it is important for your cat to stay fit.  First-time cat owners may want to purchase a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors of toys for your new pet.  It is also enjoyable for the cat if you hide a few toys which they can discover later.  Playing should also include plenty of stalking.

Following these tips will put you on the road to a long, healthy relationship with your adopted cat.  However, you should continue to learn about cats by reading books and speaking with experts.


Shelle Pennington said...

All dis times we thunked that alls you do is throw a dem cats some cheese so dey can catch der own mice.

Yous is smart.

Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

Carolyn said...

LOL @ Shelle's comment!!!

I think I did everything wrong, well some things!! But Austin turned out all right ... so he tells me lol

Helpful post xx

Tamago said...

Great advise for new cat parents!
Our playtime includes lot of stalking :-)

meowmeowmans said...

Those are some really great tips, for sure! We wish more new pet parents would do the advance work, because it really helps.

The Cat From Hell said...

Great Post Oskar and Pam!
Now if mes could gets our Mommy to change our SHARED litter box every day....

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