Are you excited to welcome a new furry friend into your home?
Hell yeah you are!
But don’t let the excitement of getting a new cat make you forget about properly preparing your cat.
While there are many things about having a cat that you’ll have to learn as you go, there are plenty of ways you can prepare yourself to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your pet.
Keep reading to learn about some things you can do to prepare for getting a new cat.
Understand The Cost
Having a pet is a big financial responsibility. You may have adopted your cat for a small fee, or even gotten him or her for free. But that doesn’t change the fact that your cat will cost you money.
Things like vet bills, food, toys, and cat litter can add up quickly. You may want to have some money set aside so that you can handle any expenses as they come up. Insurance and pet wellness plans are also a great option for saving on medical bills.
Cat Proof Your Home
Cats are curious creatures. This means that they can easily hurt themselves (or other things in your house). Before bringing your cat home, you’ll want to cat proof your space.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your house is safe for your cat.
- Get rid of any poisonous plants
- Make sure cleaning supplies and/or medications are out of your cat’s reach
- Hide any cords and/or strings
- Secure garbage cans
- Lock window screens
Stock Up on Food and Accessories
All cat foods weren’t created equal. So it’s important to research the best cat foods on the market before deciding what you want to feet your cat. No matter what food you choose, it’s important to make sure that you have plenty of food of it.
You’ll also want to make sure that your cat has food and water bowls, a collar, a litter box, scratching posts, and toys. All of these items will make sure that your cat is happy and entertained and they’ll also make the first few weeks of pet parenthood a little less stressful for you.
Patience is one of the most important things to have when getting a new cat. Not only will having a cat be an adjustment for you, but it’ll also be an adjustment for the cat – especially if he/she is already an adult.
Understand that it will take time for your cat to get used to you and your home and during that adjustment period your cat may do some things you don’t like. But don’t give up.
Keep an eye out for your new pet to make sure he/she is adjusting properly and understanding that the decision to get a cat is a serious commitment.
Getting a New Cat Is The Best Decision You’ll Ever Make
No matter how ready you are to get a cat, you might still be feeling a little bit of anxiety. That’s perfectly normal. The key to helping calm those uneasy feelings is to be as prepared as possible.
Before you know it, you’ll be one of those people who’s runs around showing people [unsolicited] pictures of their cat every chance they get.