If you are someone that was not allowed a pet growing up, then the first thing that you likely thought about when you got your own home was buying a pet. When it comes to really make a home feel like a home, there is no better way to do it than getting a pet. Pet animals bring warmth and company to your home and so there is no wonder why so many people are eager to get one as soon as they can.
It can be difficult to choose a pet to land on. Having a dog is everyone’s dream, but they require a lot of attention and a big space to be able to move around in. Getting a caged animal is a lot cleaner and will save you a lot of space, but it can be difficult to develop an emotional connection with a pet that you can’t hug or take for a walk.
For all of the above reasons, it is no wonder why so many people choose to purchase a cat as their first pet. However, having a cat is not exactly straightforward and before you even purchase your cat, you first need to prepare your house for its arrival. Here are 7 ways to prepare your house for a new cat.
Stock Up On Cat Food
A mistake that a lot of cat owners make is underestimating just how much food they will go through. If you purchase a young cat, they are going to want to eat several meals throughout the day and you will quickly notice that the food supply that you have bought is not nearly enough to meet the needs of the cat. The best thing that you will do is overstock, as that means you won’t run out.
There is no guarantee that the pet that you have bought will be potty trained and so you should expect to experience a lot of accidents. If you are someone with a carpeted house or a lot of rugs, you may miss accidents, which may lead to a scent developing. If you put pee pads on your floor, you will be able to protect your flooring and train your cat that they can only urinate in designated areas, which will help with potty training.
Plenty of Toys
Cats can be very lively and so need a lot of attention. Cats like to keep their paws busy and so if they have no toys that they can play with, they may find themselves clawing away at your personal possessions. Unless you want to lose your favorite pair of slippers or have to repair your walls, you should make sure that you have plenty of toys to entertain them with. As well as having plenty of toys, you should also have some scratching polls so that they don’t scratch at your walls.
Make Sure Your Windows Are Secure
When you get a new cat, there will be a period of time where they will not have received the necessary treatments. These treatments include neutering and worm jabs. These treatments can only be received when your cat is a certain age and up until that point, you have to keep them indoors for their own safety. Cats like being outside and so they will naturally try and get outdoors whenever they get the chance to. Making sure that your windows and doors are secure will keep your pet safe and stop it from running off and getting sick.
Install a Cat Flap
As stated above, cats love to go outside. Something that you will quickly get annoyed at when you have a cat is constantly having to let them in and out of the house. To prevent this from being an issue, you can instead install a cat flap. You can keep this cat flap locked until your cat is ready to use it and once your pet is ready to use it, you can unlock it. We recommend that you use a magnetic key cat flap, as this can be linked up to your cat’s collar and will allow them to walk freely in and out.
Cats are very prone to getting fleas. This is one of the unfortunate sides of having a cat, as when they catch them, they end up all over your house. As soon as you get your cat, you should have the resources ready to treat them for fleas. Many people choose to put a flea collar on their cat, but this often isn’t enough. You can get special ointments that you place on the base on the base of your cat’s neck and using this should prevent them from catching fleas. Using anti-flea shampoos will also prevent your cats from catching fleas.
Test Your Other Pets
If you are someone that already has pets, you need to test whether or not your new cat will react well with your other pets. If you introduce them in an isolated area, you will be able to test what their relationship will be like. The animals will obviously be slightly cautious of each other when they first meet, and this is nothing to worry about. However, if they instantly try to attack each other, this is a good sign that they will not get on once the cat moves in.