New Pet Parents: Cats

Thinking about becoming a cat parent? Read below for helpful information & articles.

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What to Expect When You're Adopting

Right now, you're probably asking yourself, “Should I get a cat?”. While it's an exciting question, it's also one that should be taken seriously. Adopting a cat is a huge commitment, so before you buy that litter box and toys, consider these questions: Do you know a trusted veterinarian? Is your home pet-proofed? Have you talked to your roommates or your young children about the importance of gentle handling of a cat? These questions are just a start. Read more to get answers and useful information about how to keep your new best friend happy and healthy for years to come.

A kitten plays energetically with a small toy & her owner.

Preparing Your Home for a Cat

Bringing home a kitten will not only require a little rearranging of furniture, but of priorities as well. First, you need to make sure all dangerous and valuable things — chemicals, cleaning agents, clothes, shoes, etc., — are either out of the house or out of reach. That means keeping cabinets locked, countertops and floors clear, and electrical cords and wires out of sight or secured to walls. You'll also need to gradually introduce the cat to children. Take it slow and easy so they naturally find their place in the family. It's trickier when it comes to other pets in the household. Start by allowing your other pets to smell a toy or object the new pet has played with. Then after a couple of weeks, a formal introduction should be appropriate.

A kitten jumps to catch a toy held by her owner.

After Adoption

Owning a cat for the first time can be intimidating, but there are many things you can do to start off on the right paw. Make her comfortable by stocking up on the basics (litter box, food, bedding, water dishes, etc.) Get some toys and create a safe environment for her by removing poisonous plants, locking up cleaning supplies and closing the toilet seat. As you get to know each other, she'll gradually tell you what she likes and doesn't like. Just remember to take it slow and enjoy every moment of your newfound friendship.