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How to Adopt and Care for Your First Pet Cat

How to Adopt and Care for Your First Pet Cat

Cats are great companions that can bring joy to just about any home. While cats are some of the most independent pets, it doesn’t mean they don’t need attention and care. Finding the perfect cat to adopt is just the first step. You’ll also want to prepare your home for your new companion and make a plan for taking care of his health.

Finding a Cat to Adopt

If you’ve never owned a cat before, it’s easy to get the impression that they’re pretty much all the same. However, cats all have different personalities and habits, meaning it can take a little while to find the perfect fit. Some cats love cuddling and will happily sit on your lap all night, while others are fiercely independent and want little to do with you unless there’s food involved.

A cat’s age is important to consider as well. Kittens, as you can imagine, are full of energy and will want to play with anything and everything. Kitten behavior can seem random and frustrating at times, but it’s all part of your kitty’s learning process.

If you don’t want to deal with all that rambunctious (and sometimes destructive) energy in your home, it might be better to adopt an older companion for your first experience with cats. Older cats spend most of the day sleeping, but they still like to explore and play.

As you probably know, there are many different breeds of cats. However, many first-time cat owners don’t realize that breed can influence a cat’s behavior and personality as well. A cat’s breed also affects how much you’ll pay in adoption fees and how much time you need to devote to grooming and other needs. VCA Hospitals explains long haired cats, like Persians, require daily brushing to keep knots and tangles from their fur.

Even if you have your heart set on a specific breed of cat, don’t forget that you can apply to adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue organization as well. You might or might not find a purebred in a shelter, but rescue cats are in desperate need of a forever home and can provide the love and companionship you desire.

Protecting Your Cat’s Health

Before you bring your new cat home, make sure you can provide a safe environment for him. International Cat Care says there are many hidden cat hazards lurking in the average home, such as cleaning products, electrical cords and string that can be swallowed. Even something as innocuous as a houseplant can present a danger if you have any of these toxic varieties.

It’s important to pet proof your home to reduce the chance of danger to your new cat. This can include hiding cords, putting hazardous materials away and even tucking fragile items away where they can’t be knocked off a shelf.

To keep your cat healthy, you’ll also want to find a local vet. Veterinary care is expensive, but it’s not something you can skip. To make it more affordable, you might consider getting pet insurance from a company such as Trupanion, which can help cover everything from prescribed medications to preventative care and even surgery. Make sure you compare different plans to find one that offers everything you need at a price you can afford.

Stocking Up On Essentials

Cats can get by without a lot of things, but there are a few items you have to buy, such as a litter box, food and something to scratch on. Check reviews or talk with your vet for different types of food and treats before making a purchase, as they are not all the same.

Cats get bored just like people do, and if you don’t have enough toys around the house, your cat is far more likely to get into the things you don’t want him to mess with. Playing with your cat helps him stay fit, but it’s also the perfect way to bond.

There’s a bit of work involved with adopting a cat, but it’s worth it. Research available animals, prepare your home, and stock up on the things your new friend will need. Overall, cats are relatively low-maintenance and they make some of the best pets if you want a true companion who’s always there for you.

How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat | Best Friends Animal Society

How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat | Best Friends Animal Society

Some dogs do fine living with cats; others simply cannot live safely with felines. Sometimes, a dog can live with certain cats (depending on their age, temperament and activity level), but not others. Even if your dog has successfully lived with cats in the past, it is important to remember that each dog and each cat is an individual and therefore each introduction is different.

Effects of Air Pollution on Pets

Special thank you to Teagan for raising awareness of this important issue !!

There are a lot of studies that show how air pollution affects us, humans. But what about our pets?

We know that people exposed to too much air pollution may have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or respiratory symptoms such as a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, and chest pain. At the extreme end, too much air pollution can lead to premature death in at-risk groups such as the elderly, young children, and people with preexisting cardiovascular diseases. Do our pets face the same risks?

Scientists are just beginning to explore the negative effects of air pollution on pets, but most agree that when air quality is poor for humans, it is also poor for pets. Click here for more information.

Older Kitties Need Homes

At Texas Cares ( our hearts are warmed each time one of our kitties is adopted. We use the term “kitties” for all our cats, even as they grow older. Most potential adopters that visit our adoption centers at local PetSmarts are interested in kittens. The sign we put outside each center even states when kittens are available.

Kittens are cute and cuddly. And, they are very trusting, since they don’t have many memories. Older kitties are cute and cuddly in their own ways. My wife and I are the proud parents of two kitties that were older when we adopted them from Texas Cares. Unlike a trusting kitten we had to gain their trust, which can take some time. But, nothing is more fulfilling than when an older kitty finally decides that you are OK and jumps into your lap happily purring their affection for you.

When you are thinking about adopting a kitty and visit one of our adoption centers don’t forget to consider one of our older kitties, who also need a loving home.

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Important information about what to do if you find kittens

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During high kitten season in the spring and summer, it’s not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother. You want to help, right? Before jumping to the rescue, consider these reading this helpful article (click here)on what to do and NOT do.


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