14 Tips for First-Time Cat Owners, Part One

If you’re considering adopting a cat for the first time, there are many ways you can prepare yourself for the exciting journey ahead. Cats make great animal companions, and at Parasol Pets, we love being able to educate new pet owners on how they can make their time with their furry friends more enjoyable. In part one of this article, we’ll discuss the first six important tips to help guide you through the new cat-owning adventure ahead.

Find A Good Veterinarian

One of the first things you’ll want to do for your new cat is find a good veterinarian, preferably near your home. If you’re unsure of the veterinarians in your area, you can always ask a cat-owning friend where they take their cat for routine checkups. You also have several resources available online, such as BringFido, where you can search a worldwide directory of trusted veterinarians. Once you schedule your initial appointment, prepare a list of questions you would like to ask your veterinarian and make a note of any abnormalities you may have noticed about your cat’s physical condition. Your local veterinarian will be able to provide you with insight on your cat’s overall health, diet and energy levels. If your beloved kitty has yet to be neutered or spayed, this is also a good time to discuss those options with your vet.

Prepare A Cat Sanctuary For Your Catdreamstime_943400

At Parasol Pets, we believe that creating a peaceful cat sanctuary is one of the best ways to help your cat adjust to its new home. Cats typically need some time to warm up to new people, animals and environments, so setting a space aside for your feline family member is very important. This separate room or enclosed area should include cat-essentials such as your kitty’s litter box, food, toys and cat bed. Our Parasol Pets Luxury Pet Bed is hypoallergenic and specifically designed to reduce the risk of unwanted contaminants like dander and mites. With a comfortable and welcoming orthopedic foam cushion, your cat is sure to love the luxury of our one-of-a-kind cat bed!

Give Your Cat Some Alone Time

When you bring your new furry friend home for the first time, don’t be surprised if they disappear quickly to hide under the bed. It’s very normal for cats to hide, especially if they have been introduced to a new environment, so be patient with your kitty during the first few weeks. When you give your cat the time and space it needs to properly adjust to its new home, they’ll warm up to it in no-time.

Don’t Force Love On Your New Cat

As a new cat owner, you may feel inclined to pick up your new kitty and shower them with love every second of every day. While your intentions to snuggle are purely loving, this type of overbearing behavior can actually have a negative impact on your cat as they slowly adjust to their new home. Instead of forcing your new feline to stay on your lap at all times, try to coax them into playing with an interactive toy, or give them treats when they come near you. This will help your furry friend associate fun and good things with being near you, and they’ll slowly realize you’re a companion and not an enemy.

Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box Clean

While you may feel inclined to purchase an enclosed litter box to help trap unwanted odors, start your new cat out with an uncovered litter box. Cats can be very fastidious, especially when it comes to the smell of urine, feces and deodorizers. The last thing you want your new kitty to do is reject their litter box. Do everything you can to help reduce the smell inside and around their litter box. This can mean cleaning it daily and replacing the litter every two weeks. Try to make a point of cleaning the litter box with mild soap and non-harsh detergents once a month for optimal cleanliness.

Monitor Your Kitty’s Stress Levels

If you’ve just adopted a cat from a shelter, it’s important to remember that this is most likely their second or third home in a short period of time. Constantly moving from place to place can be extremely stressful for cats, so don’t be surprised if your kitty starts showing signs of feline stress during the first few days of being introduced to their new home. Common signs of feline stress can include a decrease in appetite, hiding and sleeping in unusual (and often hidden) locations. A cat who is very stressed may seem vacuous and withdrawn, while others can become aggressive and fearful. Make sure to keep an eye out for common signs of stress, and if your kitty’s behavior doesn’t seem to improve after a few weeks, contact your local veterinarian.

At Parasol Pets, we understand how exciting it is to adopt and bring home a new cat. In part two of this series, we’ll discuss the final eight tips for first-time cat owners, so you can provide a welcoming and enjoyable environment for your new furry friend as soon as you bring them home. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic pet bed for your new kitty, our Parasol Pet Bed is specially designed to reduce the risk of contaminants for optimal cleanliness. It’s also washer and dryer friendly, so you have the ability to keep your pet bed clean all year round!