If you are a new cat or kitten owner, you probably have a lot of questions about caring for your new friend. As you may already know or will soon find out, cats are so many things: fun, playful, independent, smart, and often very entertaining. Since you’re online seeking info on cat care, your pet is lucky to have a caring owner.
Feed your cat a healthy food
The food you choose has a big effect on your cat’s overall health, so you’ll want to make sure you’re feeding him or her something nutritious. If you know the brand of food your cat was eating prior to adopting it, it helps to get a small amount of the same food to make a slow transition to whatever food you plan on feeding him.
You’re going to start seeing cat hair everywhere. All cats need grooming to some extent, so invest in reliable grooming tools because you’ll find yourself using them on your kitty every week. You’ll need a small pair of cat scissors to trim your cat’s claws. Trimming is important to keep claws from getting too long, sharp, broken or frayed. Long claws can cause your pet to accidentally scratch you when you’re holding him, or snag your clothing or furniture.
Socialize with your cat often
Most cats do a good job of keeping themselves clean. Unless they’re dirty from being outdoors or older and not cleaning themselves well, one or two baths a year is usually enough. A lot of people think that cats are antisocial, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need playtime. Hang out with your cat everyday, and let him get used to different social situations and environments.
Litter boxes are convenient, but they can get messy if you don’t clean them out. A simple daily spot cleaning will do the trick and many litter formulas make it easy to scoop and flush any waste down the toilet. Congratulations on Being a First-Time Cat Owner! We hope you’ve found this cat care guide helpful and enjoy having a feline friend in your life as much as we do.