INTRODUCING YOUR NEW CAT TO YOUR HOME
It will take awhile for your cat to adjust to her new environment, so when you arrive at home we recommend keeping her in one room for a few days until she feels comfortable.
You can then slowly expand access to the whole house. Be sure to show your cat where her food, water and litter box are located. Keep the litter box as far away from the food and water as possible.
Another thing that may help your cat feel comfortable is to leave a carrier in the room. The carrier has the cat’s scent in it, and it will give her a comfortable and secure place to sleep or hide.
If you have other cats, the best way to help prevent them from getting a cold is to keep them separate for the first two weeks.
Your cat should be kept indoors. Letting your cat outside will expose her to dangers that she cannot protect herself against.
Keeping Your Cat Indoors Will:
• Protect your cat and family against deadly diseases such as rabies.
• Protect your cat against deadly feline diseases such as feline leukemia.
• Protect your cat against wild animals.
• Protect your cat against moving vehicles.
• Protect your cat against strange people that may intentionally hurt animals.
Dangers of Letting Your Cat Outdoors:
• Being hit by a car.
• Ingesting a deadly poison like antifreeze or a pesticide.
• Being trapped by an unhappy neighbor.
• Being attacked by a roaming dog, cat, or wild animal.
• Contracting a disease from another animal.
• Becoming lost and unable to find her way home.
• Being stolen.
• Encountering an adult or child with cruel intentions.
All cat owners will agree that cats are low maintenance and easy to please. They learn to use the litter box quickly, there’s no need for long walks, trips to the park, and you never have to worry about how they’ll get along if you leave them for alone for a day.
General Cat Safety Tips
Kitten proof your home by removing breakables and items that can harm a kitten.
Always put wand toys away in a secure cupboard or closet when not in use. If left unsupervised, the string on a wand toy can lead to strangulation and death.
Keep garbage cans out of reach and secure. Bones, strings and other waste left in the garbage can cause intestinal blockages leading to huge vet bills and even death.
Many plants and flowers are toxic to cats. Lilies are particularly toxic and can be deadly if eaten. For more information on household and garden plants, consult one of the many websites available for a comprehensive list of plants with toxic effects for cats. You can find the APSCA’s list at http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants. Please also download MEOW’s free info sheet, Lilies Can Be Deadly.
Plastic bags are dangerous for cats as they can lead to suffocation. Keep plastic grocery bags and the like safely stored and out of reach of your pets.
If your cat likes to play in paper bags, remove the handles to prevent accidental strangulation.
Keep toxic household products, including medications and pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, antifreeze, and paint out of reach. Store these items properly and safely.
Be sure to protect your pet from pesticides. Download MEOW’s Protect Your Pet From Pesticides info sheet for more information.
Venetian blinds and curtain cords can cause death by strangulation. Shorten these strings and place out of reach.
Tinsel and electrical cords also pose hazards. Keep these items out of reach of your pets.
Be cautious when using reclining chairs. Cats often like to lay under the footrest when extended. Take care when collapsing the footrest, making sure no cats are beneath.
If your cat wears a collar, make sure it is a 'break-away' type. Break-away collars are designed to safely undo or “breakaway” if your cat should ever get caught or snagged on something.
Remember: any cat on a leash and harness requires supervision 100% of the time.
Your cat needs stimulation, so it’s off to the pet store for you to buy them yet another toy. Cue the same repeated cycle: your cat is excited about the new toy for a few days, then they grow incredibly bored.
Are you ready to change things up a bit? Instead of constantly dropping money to keep your cat entertained, why not go the DIY cat toys route? It’s really not that tough, and your cat will love you for it. Whether you want to make homemade cat toys, beds, or more, you’ll need inspiration. Check out these tips and video DIY Tips
Make a window perch.
All you need is an old tray, pillow, shelf brackets, and some screws. Even though the kitty will never tell you, he/she will love you for it. You’ll know because this is where you’ll always find your kitty basking in the warm sunshine and spying on the birds.
Bring the outdoors to your indoor cats with plants.
Plant some oat, rye, barley, catnip, and wheatgrass in a window planter. Follow directions on the plant seeds as some require complete darkness to sprout. When it’s ready, set the planter next to a window. Your feline will love nibbling on the greens. Plus, it’s good for them.
Mount a wicker basket to the wall.
Find the perfect spot by considering a place and height where your cat likes to sleep. Get a short wicker basket and fasten securely to the wall using at least 4 heavy duty wall mounting screw/nails and wall supports. For larger baskets and larger cats, you’ll need additional screws. Add a comfy cushion for the comfiest chill-out lounge your cat has ever seen. This is such a brilliant idea plus, cheap, easy, and cats love it.
Convert a storage box into a cat litter box.
Do you think those covered cat litter boxes are expensive? Here’s a money-saving alternative. Get a 25-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck storage box. Using a marker, draw an opening on one end. Carefully cut out the opening with a utility knife. Fill the box with cat litter. Place a piece of carpet near the opening to catch the excess litter.
You know what a cat tree looks like: it’s a sprawling, often wooden structure covered in rope and carpeting. Your cat may even already have one. If not, why not take the “tree” in cat tree literally with this DIY project? It’s recommended you choose juniper tree branches for their looks and durability. You can either buy the tree branches at a craft store or cut them down yourself (but make sure you have permission to do so first!). After some staining and finessing, voila! Your cat will love it.
What is a self-petting station, you ask? It’s a contraption with a giant pipe-cleaner-like toilet brush affixed to a wooden block that’s carpeted. Instead of rubbing against your legs or feet while you try to get important stuff done around the house, your cat can entertain themselves with this petting station. The toilet brush is meant to mimic the sensation of a thorough petting. Your cat feels loved, you get your to-do list done; it’s a win-win! This station can also double as a toy in a pinch.Treat Dispenser Puzzle
Your cat is a good girl or boy, so of course, they deserve treats from time to time. Still, unsealing the bag and dropping the treats on the floor (or hand-feeding your cat if that’s more your thing) is lacking a little something. Make treat time game time with a DIY treat dispenser puzzle. You can use an old plastic food storage container for this project. By cutting variously-sized holes out of the top of the lid and filling the container with a bunch of little toys, your cat will use their creative thinking to get their treats freed from the puzzle.
Save money making toys for your cat with a DIY cat wand. It’s recommended you use a dowel rod for the wand itself. Otherwise, you’re free to add whichever creative touches you want, such as pieces of felt, paper, or whatever other material gets your cat going. Wrap some felt around the dowel where your hand will go for hours of comfortable playing. Here’s a hint: to engage your cat for the first time you introduce the wand, rub some catnip on it. That will get your kitty ready for some thrills!Another easy one is a hammock
Give your cat a taste of the good life by making them a cat diy hammock. They’ll sit in the lap of luxury with little effort on your part. You only need a cardboard box for the base (make sure you can get one without your kitty claiming it!) and an old cloth for the hammock. With some cutting and tying of the cloth on both sides, your cat will be ready to spend their days judging all us humans from their new perch.
Some cats are terrified of the great outdoors and want to remain inside at all times. Others like to roam for a few hours before returning to the safety of their home. Others still could spend hours outside. If your cat likes the outdoors, build them a safe, roomy enclosure. In this cat DIY project, you’ll only need wood and some chicken wire on hand. The cool part about this project is you can customize it to your liking! For instance, your cat can have a smaller enclosure or you can build one that sprawls the width of your house.
1. Cats are indeed independent by nature, but they're not quite able to take care of themselves. Before you adopt, make sure that your lifestyle can make room for a feline. How busy you are and the amount of time you spend at home will dictate the kind of cat you should get -- very busy people may find it difficult to find the time for a cat that needs a lot of grooming and attention, especially the highly intelligent and active cats. But, there are cats that are ideal for the working lifestyle. Do your research.
2. What if your circumstances change after the adoption? Or if you work long hours and still want a friendly face to greet you at the door at the end of the day? Adopting a buddy for the cat to play with can be an excellent solution.
3. Do you have any allergies? If you do suffer from severe allergic reactions, consider testing yourself for feline allergies before bringing a cat home. Then again, some people with allergies might adapt to their own pet, but still be allergic to other cats. A safe bet is to choose a cat with low allergens. Consult your vet, books, or animal shelter employees for suggestions.
4. Before you bring your cat home, take it for a checkup and immunizations. Also, schedule it in to be neutered as soon as age permits. This can mean the difference between a healthy and happy cat, and a miserable cat trying to claw its way through the windows or spraying your furniture.
5. Get a good litter box and quality cat litter. An enclosed litter box can allow you and your cat more privacy, and clumping litter is easier to maintain. Keep the box clean, for the comfort of your cat and your nose. Also, make sure you buy well-balanced, age-appropriate food for your cat. Ask your vet, the representatives at your local pet store, or take a look at "Smart Shopping for Cat Food" for some advice.
6. Cats love to play. Toy mice, string, feathers, and even empty boxes make for great amusement. Playthings needn't be expensive (they can even be homemade), just make sure there's enough to keep your cat happy, active, and mentally occupied.
9. Get pet insurance. We hope you won't need it, but like they always say, "It's better to be safe than sorry."
10. If it's a kitten you're bringing home, make sure you start a grooming routine early. Bathing, brushing, and trimming claws will be an event to look forward to, rather than something to dread.
And there you have it. These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when you get yourself a new companion. Another important consideration: Cats often live for around 20 years, so you and your furry feline friend will be together for a long time.
If you have just adopted a kitten in to your home or are even just thinking about it, there is a lot you need to know. In this AnimalWised video, we show you everything you need about 'How to CARE for a KITTEN - Food, Education and Health'. By adopting a kitten, we take on the responsibility of looking after all of their basic needs and doing everything we can to help them have a happy and healthy life. This means knowing what their basic needs are and how we can meet them. Their food, hygiene, education, socialization, habits and health are all key areas we need to provide for. A kitten's young age doesn't just make them physically vulnerable, they also need their mental ability to be encouraged. Here's how you do both.
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