Cat Care for Newbies: Tips and Guidelines

Cat eating cat food

Adding a feline to your family can be such an experience. While it’s fun bringing a new family member over, having a cat presents a set of responsibilities you have to bear. To get ready to become a cat parent, here are things to consider.

Feeding

When choosing cat food, check the labels carefully and make sure that the feed is formulated with the right amount of taurine and amino acid, which your cat requires for its specific life stage. Don’t feed anything with onion or garlic powder to your feline friend or they may get poisoned with it. Also, choose a dry cat food for sensitive stomach if your pet exhibits symptoms like loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, and weight loss.

Grooming

Indoor cats are relatively clean, but that doesn’t mean your pet doesn’t need grooming. You need to bathe it occasionally. And to prevent excess shedding and incidence of hairballs, brush your cat’s coat regularly.

Health

If you’re adopting a cat from a rescue center, drop by a trusted veterinarian first and have it checked. Your vet will recommend the required vaccine, and medication should your cat be suffering from any condition. Also, your feline friend has to be spayed or neutered at five months of age. Not only will you prevent unwanted birth, but these procedures could also improve the behavior especially of male cats.

Other Needs

It’s a cat’s instinct to scratch. That’s why if you don’t want any damage to your furniture, cut your pet’s nails every two weeks to keep them blunt and harmless. It’s good to provide a scratching pad or post where your furry friend can go and do its thing.

Also, potty train your cat by providing a litter box and placing it in an accessible place in your home. Scoop out the poop every day and clean out the litter box every week and replace the sand to encourage your feline friend to keep on using the box whenever it needs to answer the call of nature.

A cat is an awesome companion to have. And the good thing is indoor cats can live up to 14 to 20 years, which gives you a long time to bond with the latest addition to your family.