Research your options
Cats make good indoor companions. They can be left alone for several hours a day provided they have some source of entertainment, like toys and enrichment puzzles. However, they still need socialization daily so make sure you have time for them. If you adopt a rescue then breed characteristics may be less defined but if you have a purebred please read up on them before you purchase them to ensure that the traits of outgoingness, skittishness, dominance, spontanaeity and friendliness are agreeable to you.
Home Safety and Cleanliness
You’ll need to ensure your cat stay safe in your home. Look at your house from their perspective to see what they might get into. Long curtains or the cord of your blinds, electrical wires, all pose choking hazards or can cause electrocution. You need to ensure they can't get into your cabinets, as they may eat something poisonous, spill a chemical, or accidentally consume medication that could make them ill.. If you have any plants around your home, make sure they are non-toxic. Cats are curious creatures and may bite at your cut flowers or knock over your decorative pepper plant.
Don’t forget that it’s important to clean up any messes your cat makes as soon as possible to prevent odors or stains from settling in. If you’re planning to adopt a cat, you might want to consider buying a self-cleaning litter box to make cleanup easier (these are available on Amazon for under $75).
If you intend to adopt a kitten or an adult feline, check online for organic cat foods that are perfect for your furball and see what you can get locally or delivered (a 24-pack of organic cat food can be purchased online). You will want foods that focus on actual meat and it’s wise to avoid too much dry food, as cats do not often drink water, which can lead to dehydration.
Create a Lasting Bond
If you have a rescue, it may take time and effort for them to fully trust you. They may have difficulty being alone and might become aggressive over their food. If your new cat is particularly destructive, this could be because they are bored. Make sure they have plenty to stimulate them, especially when they are alone. No matter where you got your cat, or what life they had before, you should give them all the affection they crave. Positive reinforcement, grooming, and play habits can all help cats to trust their new owners.
If all goes well, you will have your new cat for the rest of its life. You want to make that life as full of love as possible — that is what every cat deserves. Be prepared, do research, and make any adjustments to your home to provide the perfect environment for your new kitty.
This article was written by our friend Penny Martin. Photo by Paul Hanaoke on Unsplash