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HOW TO BE THE PURRFECT FIRST-TIME CAT OWNER

by Gabriel Fritzen

As someone that’s eager to adopt once I graduate from college, I’ve been doing some research in order to best prepare myself to introduce a wonderful kitty into my home. I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far and encourage you to consider adopting as well. Let’s get started!

To start let’s go over a list of things you’ll want to have ready before bringing home your new companion.

· Bed.

· Food and water bowls.

· Litter box and litter. Consider buying a litter box with a removable lid. Some cats may not like using an open litter box so having a lid will provide them privacy.

· Cat carrier.

· A wide variety of toys. Cats are very intelligent and require stimulation, so having a wide variety to toys to cycle through is ideal.

· A fresh scratching post.

· Grooming brush (if necessary for the breed).

One thing you’ll need to do is some self-research on choosing a veterinary practice you feel comfortable and confident with caring for your cat. Of course we always hope the visits will be few and far between and never for a serious reason, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you’re well-prepared with a practice you trust to care for your little one.


Aside from having certain items ready at home you’ll also want to prepare your home to receive your new cat. One thing that stood out and surprised me was that lily pollen is actually highly toxic to cats! You cannot keep lilies if you intend to have a cat, so make sure you remove them all from your home if you have any. You’ll also want to have things like medicines and cleaning products safely stored in a way that a cat won’t be able to access/open.

Be mindful of any objects that a cat could reach or climb and knock down. You don’t want your new friend to get hurt by a falling lamp post or knocking over a precious vase. Protect your furnishings and, more importantly, protect your kitty. Remember, cats are curious and intelligent. At first your home will be a foreign environment that they’ll need time to get accustomed to. It’s up to you to make their transition to their new home a safe and fun one!

Remember that a pet is a life-long commitment. Cats can live up to 21 years so be mindful that this is a fur-ever family member. Take time to research and learn about your new baby and prepare for its homecoming. For more information contact Debbie at debbie@fortheloveofcatsfl.com.

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