Tips for new cat owners
Cats are wonderful companion pets, and it’s not surprising that there are close to 4 million cat owners in Australia, with nearly 27 percent of homes owning at least one cat!
If you’re in search of an animal companion to share your life with and have decided that a cat is the right choice for you, check out our suggestions, from selecting an animal to creating your own home and helping them settle.
Finding your feline friend
It is recommended to visit the local RSPCA shelter to begin your search for kittens or cats. Most of the time, RSPCA shelters have many kinds and breeds of cats and kittens at any given moment, long-haired or short-haired, with different colors, along with many other personality traits.
You can visit adoptapet.com.au or pay a visit to any local shelter. RSPCA kittens and cats are examined to make sure they are appropriate for adoption and are vaccinated and desexed, as well as microchipped.
Suppose you’re unable to locate the perfect cat or kitten in the RSPCA or any other well-known animal welfare and rescue organization and are seeking to purchase through a breeder or kennel. In that case, we suggest using the suggestions in our smart Kitten and the Cat Buyer’s Guide.
Set up your home.
Cats must be kept within your home, and ideally with covered outdoor access, such as an outdoor cat run. It is also ideal for your cat’s safety by ensuring they are secure from dangers such as cars or dogs, cats, and ticks. Still, infections or snakes, toxic plants, or even people who could be trying to hurt them in certain areas the law requires.
The most important thing to do to keep your cat secure and content at home is to ensure that all their needs are satisfied. This covers their physiological requirements like food. It’s not about the food you offer them, but also how and when (offering various types of food they love us, ng food toys for stimulation, and placing food in a separate area away from toilet and water bowls areas) as well as water (several bowls set in various locations filled with clean and freshly filtered clean water) and litter tray (two trays each for a cat and one separate tray per cat).
It is also essential to have plenty of peaceful, secure, and safe areas for your cat to relax and hide in. It could be like cupboards, shelves, or beds. You can also design some hiding areas by leaving out plastic, wooden, or cardboard boxes or even leaving an open cat carrier (the latter can aid in preventing them from identifying the page with negative memories). Cats also require things to scratch on, which makes them feel more at home and helps keep their claws in good condition. Providing plenty of scratching posts that are located in various places will keep them entertained and decrease the risk of them scratching furniture.
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Many cats aren’t keen on traveling, So be aware that your cat could be upset when they arrive at your new residence. Once you’re at home, ensure that the windows and doors are shut and your home is peaceful. It’s best to create a separate room where your cat can stay for a few days (with food bowls and water, a litter tray, the most comfortable bed, and a few toys).
Be quiet with your cat and allow them to explore the new surroundings at their own pace. In the following days, you could create several more rooms available to them at any time and let the cats exact the space at their own pace.
If you already own a pet and want to introduce your new pet to it, follow our guidelines for the introduction of your new cat to your pet. In the event that you already own an animal, we offer tips on what you should do. If you have children, We have resources for how to introduce pets that are new to children.
If you’re a brand new cat owner, we wish you a happy birthday. Your new pet friends. We hope these tips can aid them in settling into a secure and comfortable living.