June has been designated as “Adopt a Cat Month”. If you plan on adding a furry feline friend to your home this is a great time to do so. Here are some tips to help you:
If you don’t already have a cat, consider adopting two if you are getting an older cat. If you are wanting a kitten I suggest one kitty at a time. I know many people think adopting two kitties at a time is okay. My thought is you want to have time to train kitten #1 and bond with them before bringing in another kitten. Cats require exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation. Two cats can and will help you in providing these things.
Find a cat/cats with a personality that connects with yours. If you are easy going then you would want to choose a cat that is easy going, if you are active, choose one that is active. Generally speaking they say long hair, round heads and bodies cats are more easygoing and narrow heads, short hair cats are typically more active.
You want to have your veterinarian picked out ahead of time. You will want to schedule a visit within the first few days after you adopt your cat/cats to have a checkup and introduce your veterinarian to your cat and the cat to the veterinarian!
This is a family affair and everyone in the home is to be prepared to have a cat/cats come into the home. Everyone should be present when you go to pick out and meet your new cat(s).
If you have a cat or another animal (dog) in the home discuss with the pet counselor on introducing the animals to each other.
Be aware of the financial cost involved (short term and long term). Be ready to spend for veterinary care (check-up) spay/neuter, liter box, litter, bed, food, toys, brush, treats, vaccines and the other cost such as pet care when you are away.
Be prepared for your new addition and have on hand litter box, litter, food, bed, toys, and brush.
Just as with children you will need to cat proof your home. Remember they are curious and food on the counter might entice them to jump on the counter, they might be attracted to wires, loose things on the floor could intrigue them and be swallowed.
It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in its new environment. Go slow introducing cat to other pets in the household and to family and friends.
Of course adjust your family’s emergency plan to include your new cat.
It is exciting to bring home a new furry family member. We wish you a successful transition and much joy with your new friend(s).