Cats being the playful animals that they are, you should know the basics about house cat care before taking the leap of getting one of your own.
The moment you bring the cat into your house, you should give it his or her own room for the time being with food, water and a bed. If it has not yet been toilet trained, you should start teaching it so there are no stains in the carpet. Teaching the cat how to use the litter box can initially be done by carrying it to the box when nature calls. When you see the cat is able to do it, praise and reward your pet so they know that this is the right to do. The exact dimension of the litter box depends on the size of the cat, and must be cleaned naturally using soap and water not harsh disinfectant.
Provide your cat with a scratching pad or post so it can play around without causing any damage to your furniture. This should be 3 feet in height and placed either near the furniture or their bed. When their nails get too sharp, you should trim them so they don’t hurt you or themselves.
If your cat does something wrong like climbing up on the table or scratching the furniture, never scold them as they are very sensitive animals. Discipline can be enforced without causing any harm by squirting water on their face.
There must be food and water at all times. The feeding dish and bowl should be made either of plastic or aluminum and cleaned. Any unfinished food must be disposed of properly.
A cat’s diet must come from high quality cat food and, although it may be more expensive than the other brands, you know that it has the right vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy. Aside from food, you can also give them supplements. One example is Omega 3 fatty acids that are good for their nutrition.
For those that have other pets in the house, allow some time for your pets to get acquainted with each other. If you have a dog, make sure it is kept on its leash first. If you have another cat, be ready to break off a fight since this normally happens.
House rules must be set regarding what the cat can and cannot do in the home. For instance, you can decide whether or not the cat may be allowed out of the house even if the experts have said that they must always be confined indoors.
One of the most important things about cat care is proper grooming. You can bathe the cat by wetting their head and tail with shampoo. Never lather their ears or eyes and dry them using a clean towel. Brush the hair lightly and apply combing powder so it does not get matted.
Lastly, take your cat to the vet regularly or when you see something new in their behavior since quick thinking could prevent a possible sickness from getting worse. If you don’t know any, get a recommendation from one of your neighbors.
House cat care is challenging but rewarding, but you must put in the time and effort when you decide to bring a feline companion into your home.