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If you feel it’s time to add a new family member to your household (without having to go through pregnancy and birth again), and have picked a pet cat as your furry friend; there are a few things you’ll need to consider before bringing the friendly feline home. It’s important that each member of your family household is comfortable with the new arrival, and that your kitten, or rescue cat, can settle into the home as seamlessly as possible. Taking a look at the following hints and tips will help you to create an enjoyable environment for your new pet to reside in.
Warmth And Comfort
Ensure that you have a cozy space set up for your new arrival to snuggle down in and feel safe. Invest in a cat bed that will be big enough for when your kitten reaches maturity, or if you’re bringing home an adult cat, make sure that they have enough room to stretch and be comfortable.
A padded cushion, a warm quilt, and a fluffy blanket will be welcome additions to the cat’s bed space, especially if they’re still a small kitten and missing their mom. Pop the bed under a surface, or in a cozy corner of your living area, so the cat feels like it has somewhere to escape the noise and business of family life, although, they’ll probably end up stretched out on your sofa with the kids.
Fun And Entertainment
Just like people, cats will need mental stimulation, and time to play throughout the day, so you might want to invest in a few items, to put in their own little toybox before they arrive home. The kids can get involved, and each pick out a toy; try to get a variety, including soft and hard toys, and small things to chase and grab, along with noise-making toys (don’t worry, it’s usually only a little bell).
Larger items, like scratching posts and play areas will keep your cat occupied for much longer periods of time; have a look at things like the Go Pet Club Cat Tree and figure out which areas of the house would best suit them. The main thing is that you and your kids each spend some quality time with your kitten, without overwhelming them, so that every gets familiar with one another, and your cat never feels bored.
Health And Nourishment
Before the day comes when you go to collect your cat and bring them home, it’s important to get acquainted with your local veterinarian, and book your furry friend in for a full check up asap. Cats will need certain vaccinations and flea treatments on an ongoing basis, so it’s a smart idea to sort these out as soon as possible. Your vet will be full of useful advice on what to feed your kitten, and whether or not they should be drinking milk or not (so take your notepad). For more kitten care advice, take a look here: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/kitten-care.
If you intend for your cat to be an outdoor animal, that comes and goes as it pleases, you will also need to find out when it’s safe for it to venture outside, and invest in the right catflap for your home. As long as you’ve done your research, the whole family’s on board, and you have the time and love to give your new feline; they’ll settle into their new home seamlessly.