Have you just adopted your first cat? You may have a few questions about how to care for your new feline. First and foremost, know that all cats require love and patience. It can be tough adjusting to a new home, but just keep in mind that they are surely grateful to have you as their pet parent.
In addition, there are some very important basics that go into proper care for your cat. They include:
- Feeding– Consult your veterinarian about how much to feed your pet. Typically, kittens can be fed about four times a day, which can slowly be reduced to one or two meals a day by the time your cat reaches their first birthday.
- Healthcare– Your cat should see the veterinarian at least once a year for an examination and annual shots, and immediately if she is sick or injured. Because veterinary bills can add up, pet insurance can help alleviate some of the cost.
- Housing– Your cat requires a warm, quiet place to rest and call their own, such as a pet bed. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel and be sure to wash the bedding often.
- Litter Box– All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended.
Your cat should also be licensed as soon as possible, even if it remains indoors. Also, micro-chipping can offer a permanent solution for keeping tabs on your cat whereas collars can fall off. Micro-chipping provides great reassurance in knowing if your cat were to ever become lost they would have a high chance of being returned safely home. Many pet insurance companies, like ASPCA Pet Health Insurance even help cover this expense!
Best of luck with your new cat and know that your veterinarian will always be there should you have any further questions about their care.This article is sponsored by ASPCA Pet Insurance.