How to Take Care of a Cat: The Basics Explained

So, you’ve decided to join the 42.7 million Americans who own a cat. Congratulations! Creating a loving home for a new furry friend is a joyous time in your life.

If you’ve never owned a cat before or are looking to brush up your knowledge on how to take care of a cat, don’t worry. Cats are laidback creatures but there are a few tricks and tips to ensuring you have everything you need for caring for a cat.

Let’s check out some cat care tips so you can get to enjoying your new pet cat.

1. Get Your Supplies

Cats need a few basic things. Some of them include:

  • Litter and litter box
  • Food and treats
  • Brush and grooming supplies
  • Food and water bowls
  • Harness and leash (if you want to take your cat for a stroll)
  • Scratching posts

There are many toys for cats that will make sure your new pet doesn’t get bored. A feather wand is a great way for an indoor cat to get daily exercise as they run and jump after it.

2. Schedule a Vet Appointment

Many adoption centers or humane societies require that you schedule a vet appointment for your cat soon after adopting it. You will want to purchase a cat carrier to transport them to and from the vet.

The first meeting with the vet should be straightforward as they want to determine your cat’s current state of health. They will get them up to date on any vaccines. Vets will also want to address if the cat is neutered or spayed yet.

3. Make Sure Your Home is Cat Proof

There are a few areas in your home that can get your cat into some trouble. If your kitty is going to be solely indoors, make sure all your doors and windows are secure, including window screens.

Some plants are toxic to cats. Make sure there are no plants that are harmful to your cat in your home or in an area they can reach, especially lilies.

4. Set Up Feeding Routine

Your vet will recommend the right type of food and portion size for your cat. Feed them according to their recommendations and find a schedule that works for you.

Cats love to drink and dip their paws in their water bowl. Change their water bowl daily. Wash it regularly to avoid mildew from building up in the bowl.

5. Exercise and Entertainment

Toys will help ensure your cat has a happy life. You can also set up a window perch for your cat to look out the window. It will be even more entertaining for them if there’s a bird feeder set up right outside.

Spending time with your cat, brushing their fur, and playing with them. Make sure they get enough exercise as obesity is a common problem with cats.

Tips on How to Take Care of a Cat

Introducing a new feline friend into your life is a wonderful moment. You want to make sure you know how to take care of a cat. There are many different types of cats, so find one that you connect and bond with.

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