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What it’s essential do earlier than your new feline comes dwelling.

When purchasing on your new cat, make sure that to choose up a great scratcher, resembling a one which has a number of scratching surfaces, a number of platforms and an connected toy or two.
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The inevitable is lastly occurring; you might be about to develop into a cat proprietor for the primary time. When you convey that kitty into your house, you’ll be a part of greater than 47 million different cat house owners within the U.S.[1]

Cats are identified for being straightforward keepers. They don’t require anyplace close to the quantity of labor as a canine. However, regardless that cats are fairly low upkeep, you’ll nonetheless want to arrange earlier than you convey dwelling a brand new feline member of the household.

Here are some methods you will get able to share your dwelling house with a cat:

Cat Supplies

After selecting a great veterinarian, you must make an appointment on your new cat to make sure she is in good well being.
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You might want to buy provides earlier than your new feline involves reside with you. Your purchasing record ought to embrace cat meals and treats, meals and water bowls, collar and ID tag, litterbox, litter and litter scooper, scratching submit (cardboard and/or a carpeted cat tree), mattress, service, nail clippers, brush and a wide range of toys. Deciding the small print of all this stuff could be a number of enjoyable whether or not you store on-line or at a neighborhood pet provide retailer. Different kinds and colours can be found for almost each cat product you should purchase.

Find a Vet

You’ll additionally want a veterinarian to are inclined to your cat’s medical wants, and it’s a good suggestion to search out one earlier than your new member of the family arrives. You ought to make an appointment to have a vet see your cat instantly for a test up. That first appointment will assist you set up a relationship with a veterinarian and create a baseline well being test on your cat. The vet can even arrange a vaccine protocol on your cat and suggest an acceptable flea management plan, in addition to provide dietary recommendation.

Cat-Proof Your Home

Exposed and/or dangling cords, cables and wires will should be coated or blocked off earlier than you convey your new cat dwelling.
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Until you recognize extra about your new cat’s behaviors, it’s a good suggestion to cat-proof your house to ensure each your cat and your house are protected. Hide cables, wires and electrical cords till you might be positive your cat just isn’t a chewer. Be positive to dam off any areas or nooks the place your cat would possibly attempt to cover if she turns into scared once you convey her dwelling (beneath the sofa or mattress are favorites). Put away family merchandise that might be poisonous to your cat, resembling cleaners, solvents and different liquids. Be positive to take away any rodent or insect bait you may need put out previously.

Set Up a Room

It’s a good suggestion to start out your cat out confined to at least one room till she will get used to being in your house. This is very essential if in case you have different pets who’ve entry to the remainder of the home. You need to give your cat time to get used to the sounds and smells of the opposite animals, and vice versa. Place your cat’s mattress, litterbox, toys, scratching submit and meals and water bowls within the room, and let her keep there for at the least per week as she acclimates to her new dwelling.

[1] 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

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