Who doesn’t love a cute, fluffy cat? They do have an attitude most of the time (read: all the time) but we still love them. Although cats might look like they can do everything on their own, that’s not true. In case you are a cat owner, you will have to be quite responsible when it comes to taking care of your cat because they can be really sensitive at times.
- Before adoption.
If you are adopting a cat, make sure you think through the whole idea carefully because cats require more attention than what is evident and your routine should not come in the way of you taking care of your cat.
- Checkup and immunization.
Your cat should be properly examined and immunized before you can bring it home. If there is anything that requires treatment, it should be dealt with without any delay. Neutering the cat is also part of the process.
- A spacious litter box.
It is very easy to train a cat to use the litter box. However, cats like litter boxes that are spacious. Make sure to get a good litter box, one that is covered, preferably. Clean it regularly because cats do not use a dirty litter box. Do not change the litter too often because if your cat is used to a certain type, the change might upset it.
- Be sure to buy appropriate cat food.
Ask a vet to guide you about buying the age-appropriate cat food and the amount that should be fed at one time. Purchase quality cat food of a well-known company. You cannot feed your cat everything as it can make it sick. So make sure you know what you are doing when it comes to feeding your cat.
- Buy a scratching post.
Scratching is very normal behavior for a cat. However, if you want your cat to be happy, get it a scratching post. Cats love to scratch surfaces. So before it scratches or rips your sofa, buy a scratching post for your cat. You can even look into cat trees for large cats – if you have a large cat that likes to play around.
- Groom your cat.
Although, cats are the cleanest animal of all, they do need baths sometimes as well. Even if your cat is all clean, you should brush its hair. It reduces the shedding of hair, keeps it clean, and decreases the hairballs.
- Access to clean water.
Make sure that your cat has access to clean water at all times. It is very necessary for the health of the cat. The water should be replaced every day and the same water should not be served after such a long time.
- Safety first.
Although most people like to keep cats indoors, it is still important to keep the cat’s safety in mind. If the cat is taken somewhere outside, it is kept on a leash so that it won’t wander off on its own. Even if the cat is indoors, it can slip out from under the doors. So take good precautionary measures for your cat.