A lot of new cat owners are not sure about what they should expect. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. There are many problems that you will still face even if you do your homework. The following tips can put you in the best position as a caretaker.
Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. Do not allow your cat to play with these. The cords may be looped and a cat may get them wound around their neck. This can definitely hurt them, and it could even kill them. Pin and hide drape cords to avoid this.
When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. You can prevent this by spaying or neutering your cat.
If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. The tag should contain at least the cat’s name and your contact information.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Children usually take well to cats, but if you have a small child, you may need to provide some instruction. Teach your kids how to treat a cat. Show them what activities are appropriate and how to pick them up. Because cats are more delicate than dogs, they need to be handled more carefully.
You need to establish some boundaries if you are getting a cat for your children. Make sure that you let your kids know which areas of the house the cat will be allowed in. If you’re raising an indoor cat, inform your kids that the cat can’t go outside. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.
These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. These tips are the basics concerning cat care, and individual circumstances will apply. A newly adopted kitten should be a fun experience, and make sure that is foremost in your mind!