Cats! Cats everywhere!
Looking to adopt a cat? Want to add a feisty feline fur-ball to your family? Then have a read through our great tips to help your cat adoption plan go as smoothly as possible!
When you go to a rehoming centre it’s easy to assume that you will choose a cat that you like. In my experience it’s the cat that chooses you. For example one of my dearest pet cats was quite shy and stayed at the back of the enclosure; whilst other cats wanted attention. But when our eyes met she narrowed hers and meowed very quietly. That was the moment the choice was made.
What should you consider when deciding to adopt a cat? Are there any bits you need to pick up beforehand? What about in the first few days? What should you expect in the first month of new cat ownership? We have spent a bit of time thinking about these questions, and came up with our tips for adopting a cat!
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Cats are territorial creatures, and moving into a new place will throw them off kilter a little bit. Expect your new puss to be a bit nervous and maybe even hide from everyone for a few days (maybe even a little longer).
In the first few days when you bring moggy home, keep an area private for them to settle. This could be a bathroom or spare room; any small place that you can fill with his litter tray, a few toys and some food etc. It’s also a good idea to keep his litter tray in a fairly quiet area that he finds a bit more private. No one wants an audience when they are using the toilet!
On the subject of litter trays, if you’re adopting more than one cat (or you have another cat already) make sure each cat has their own tray. It’s also a good idea to put a litter tray for each cat on each floor of your house.
Food and Toys
If you’re adopting a cat from a shelter or adoption centre, ask them what food they use. In the first few days your new furry friend will be feeling a little bit unsure, having a familiar taste will really help him settle in.
Once he’s settled, you can try moving him onto food that you’re happy with as an owner. Always chose high quality food, wet or dry. If you’re wondering about food additives to keep your new friend in top condition, check out our Treats Vs. Toxins blog!
Cats also require some form of scratching post. After proper encouragement (dare we say training!), he will be more inclined to use the post for scratching rather than your sofa. If you would like a scratch post that is more fitting to your décor, we have some ideas for you on our DIY Toys blog!
Safety and Well-being
In the UK it is now law to microchip your dog, we believe that cats should also be microchipped with up-to-date contact details. Its recommended to also put a collar on your cat, with some identification, this will make it easier to reunite you and your feline friend should he become lost. Do make sure that, when picking a collar, you choose one with a quick release over an elasticated collar. An elasticated collar can be dangerous, especially for those cats who love exploring!
Grooming your cat often may not be necessary, depending on his breed, but it is always worth keeping a brush at home. Ask your vet whether your new friend requires regular grooming and, if you are unsure, your vet should be able to show you how to trim your cat’s nails when the time comes.
Cats are amazing creatures who can become loyal and loving friends for many years. We’d love to see pictures of your pampered pussy or terrible tiger on our Facebook and Twitter! You may also find our kitten checklist useful.