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What you might want to do earlier than your new feline comes dwelling.

When purchasing to your new cat, be sure to choose up a great scratcher, comparable to a one which has a number of scratching surfaces, a number of platforms and an hooked up 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 deliver that kitty into your private home, you’ll be part of greater than 47 million different cat homeowners within the U.S.[1]

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

Here are some methods you may get able to share your dwelling area with a cat:

Cat Supplies

After selecting a great veterinarian, you must make an appointment to 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 stay with you. Your purchasing checklist ought to embody 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 quite a lot of toys. Deciding the main points of all this stuff will be plenty of enjoyable whether or not you store on-line or at an area pet provide retailer. Different types and colours can be found for nearly each cat product you should purchase.

Find a Vet

You’ll additionally want a veterinarian to are likely to your cat’s medical wants, and it’s a good suggestion to seek out one earlier than your new member of the family arrives. You ought to make an appointment to have a vet see your cat immediately for a examine up. That first appointment will provide help to set up a relationship with a veterinarian and create a baseline well being examine to your cat. The vet may also arrange a vaccine protocol to your cat and suggest an acceptable flea management plan, in addition to supply dietary recommendation.

Cat-Proof Your Home

Exposed and/or dangling cords, cables and wires will must be lined or blocked off earlier than you deliver your new cat dwelling.
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Until you already know extra about your new cat’s behaviors, it’s a good suggestion to cat-proof your private home to verify each your cat and your private home 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 conceal if she turns into scared while you deliver her dwelling (beneath the sofa or mattress are favorites). Put away family merchandise that may very well be poisonous to your cat, comparable to cleaners, solvents and different liquids. Be positive to take away any rodent or insect bait you might need put out up to now.

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 particularly necessary when you have different pets who’ve entry to the remainder of the home. You wish 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 a minimum of per week as she acclimates to her new dwelling.

[1] 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

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