Cats have taken over the internet. They’ve also taken over people’s homes. More people than ever have cats as pets, and they do make the most fabulous pets. They are pretty much self sufficient – except for the food and water bit – and they make the most fabulous companions.
But you do need to know how to look after a cat, because contrary to popular opinion, they do not do everything on their own.
1. Cat food
If it’s within your budget, buy good quality cat food. We can help you with the options available to you, and we will tell you why. There is specific food for kittens or cats of certain ages, so let us help you with their diet.
Cats need fresh and clean water daily, sometimes even twice daily. Buy a nice cat bowl for your pet, and keep it filled. Also, keep the water in a cool place, and perhaps have a bowl inside and outside.
Lucky for you, you do not need to take the cat to the parlour. Cats groom themselves. You don’t need to worry about grooming, but if your cat has allergies, itches or hair loss, bring him in to us.
4. Sleeping arrangements
Cats will find cupboards, boxes or comfy couches to sleep on, but we suggest you have a good cat bed, lined with a soft blanket, towel or both. Keep the bed clean and wash the inners fairly often.
5. Litter Boxes
Buy a litter box for your cat and always keep it in the same place. You should clear the litter box daily so it does not get smelly and then change the litter every few weeks. We will suggest the litter for you, and advice you on how often to change it.
6. Keep your cat indoors if you can
Remember that cats wander. You might be okay with this, but if you are in a new place, or you don’t want your cat visiting the neighbors, or a new city, keep your cat inside.
7. Microchip your cat
Even if you think your cat is never going to go outside, rest assured, it will. Let us microchip your cat for you, so it can always be identified. It makes finding a lost cat that much easier.
8. Regular health checks
We will guide you. Remember, bring your cat in if it seems sick, is not eating, is more lethargic than usual, has vomiting or diarrhea, has a skin condition, is losing hair, seems to be scratching more than usual or needs its nails clipped.
If you are a new cat owner, here is a quick checklist for you:-
- Cat food.
- A dish and a water bowl.
- Litter box.
- Extra litter.
- Cat bed with a soft blanket or towel
- A scratching post.
- A cat carrier.
- Regular check ups
- Lots of love