The decision to adopt your first cat is a monumental one, both for you and for your new cat, which I hope will be a family member for life. Whether you are thinking about getting a cat, or have just adopted your first one, this tutorial has been designed to make your relationship with this special cat a lasting one. This is what we mean by the term “a forever home.”

1. Shopping List For Your New Cat

Before you bring your new cat or kitten home, there are a number of things to collect or buy, so your cat will feel like a family member rather than a visitor. Do this a few days in advance to minimize stress for you and your cat on “homecoming day”. In the excitement of bringing your cat home, you don’t want to suddenly discover at 8 p.m. that you forgot to buy cat food. 

2. Preparing a Safe Room for Your Cat

A “Safe Room” needn’t even be a separate room, but could be an empty closet, a corner of your bedroom with a protective screen, or a seldom-used bathroom. The important thing is that your new cat has a place he can call “home,” where he can retreat and rest.He may voluntarily choose to socialize with you and other family members, but for now, let him decide whether to hide or mingle. It may take several days to a week or more, depending on his history, but your patience at this point will yield exponential results in a happier relationship with your cat in later days. 

3. Cat-Proofing Your Home

There’s only one step left before Homecoming Day – Cat-proofing your home to save wear and tear on the household as well as the new arrival. Although it will take a bit of time, cat-proofing your home isn’t rocket science. It only requires your willingness to get down to a cat’s level to spy out hazardous temptations, along with the ability to think like a cat. 

4. Your Cat’s First Veterinary Visit

Your new cat’s first veterinarian visit is very important. You’ll want to assure yourself of his good health and get his vaccinations. Also, unless this has already been performed, you may consider setting up an appointment for a spay or neuter of your new cat to prevent any unwanted litters. 

5. Food and Water

The diet a cat gets early in life will set the pace for his lifelong health and well-being. Your knowledge of cat food ingredients will help ensure not only longevity but the quality of life you want for your new family member. Although cats descend from desert creatures, fresh water is also essential to them, especially if they eat a dry food diet. 

6. Litter Box and Sleeping Arrangement

You may have to ask yourself where will you place the litter box as cat’s stool smell can be quite strong. And what type of litter box are you looking for? Other then purchasing a new ones in petstore, you may also create one for your self, refer to DIY project here.Another big consideration your first cat is “where will he sleep?” Will you share your own bed with him, get him his own cozy bed, or a combination of both? Don’t forget, you are establishing habits that will most likely last a lifetime. Also bear in mind that cat may often change their sleeping spot depends on where he think is comfortable in. 

7. All-Important Scratching Needs of Cats

Next to litter box avoidance, undesirable scratching behavior is the top reason for shelter surrenders. Actually, scratching is as necessary to cats as eating and breathing. Cats’ claws are their most essential tools for many reasons.When you complete this lesson, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to ensure your cat the scratching, stretching exercise he needs, without sacrificing your hard-earned carpet and furniture. 

8. Playing With Your Cat

Playing with your cat is a wonderful bonding experience. Cats love to play and are experts in inventing their own games. Before you invest in expensive cat toys, experiment with things found around the house. Paper bags are great fun, as are cardboard boxes. Find some DIY hacks here

9. Indoors or Outdoors?

Many of us believe that cats should be allowed to go outdoors. That was the norm in the era and area however, there’ll be a risk of your cat affected by deadly diseases by the result of fighting with an infected neighbor cat. If you feel that cats really need that fresh air and the sunshine, there are safe alternatives for the outdoor experience. Find whether your cat belong to indoor or outdoor here.


Source: Spruce