Having a cat can be a lot of fun, but if you are getting a cat for the first time, there are a few important things you should know -- the most important being how to have a cat-proof house. The average home contains more than a few things that, to a cat, can be quite dangerous. Also, most houses are missing a few key components for proper cat care.
To make sure your home is ready for the a new feline addition, read these articles and learn everything you need to know about changing your home into cat proof house.
Cats. Get. Everywhere! Its one of their many inalienable qualities. You will find them atop cabinets or shelves and wonder “how in the heck did you get up there?” And while their brand of acrobatics can be quite amusing, it can also put your more fragile items in jeopardy. Check out this article to find a way to cat-proof your valuables.
Cats are creatures of habit, and as such, they need certain spaces they can call their own; places where they can escape to and know they can sleep, play, and scratch without being disturbed. This article will show you exactly what goes into crafting a perfect cat space.
Thanks to cats ability to jump up on nearly every surface in your house, few places remain off limits. Also, there are a number of foods out there that can make your cat very sick. Combine those two facts and you get yet another thing to concern yourself with. Every cat parent should familiarize themselves with a list of foods that can make their kitty sick, as well as have a plan for keeping their food out of reach.
One of the more innocuous, yet major, decisions every new cat parent needs to make is what litter box to get. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but to your cat, it is huge. Does it have a lid? Is it self cleaning? Clumping or non-clumping litter? Where do you put the box? All of these factors affect how cats view their litter box. And since you want them to use the box and not your fern, you should make sure your cat likes what they see.
A self-cleaning litter box? What’s not to love? A few things, actually. While the self-cleaning litter box is a surefire way to make your life that much simpler (and less smelly), if your cat won’t use it, it’s kind of a moot point. Figure out how this potential game changer works, and whether or not your cat will tolerate it.
While the self cleaning litter box does exist, the fact remains that many cats won’t use them, thereby forcing you to clean up after them -- one of the smellier aspects of owning a cat. There is no good way to make this chore fun, but you can make it easier on yourself. Learn how to make cleaning up after your cat a quick and painless experience.
It is pretty standard knowledge that many of the products we use to keep our home clean are poisonous. However, our cats are generally unaware of that fact, meaning that you should be careful to keep your cleaning solvents and other supplies out of their reach. To learn how to safely stow potentially dangerous chemicals, and what to do in the event that your cat ingests any, check out this article.
One alternative to having to keep your cleaning equipment under lock and key is to make the switch to ‘green’ cleaning products. Also, going green can make taking care of your cat simpler in other ways as well (not to mention diminish their carbon pawprint). This article has a few great tips on how to raise a cat with a minimal environmental impact.
Many common household plants, while less overt than the poisonous nature of cleaning solutions, are just as insidious to our cats. There are a number of flowers, potted plants, and even shrubs that, when ingested by your cat, can result in an almost guaranteed trip to the vet. This article gives a great overview of what plants to be wary of, or better yet, remove from your home.
Cats scratch -- it is part of who they are. And, being creatures of habit, once they find a place to claw at, it is often difficult to get them to switch. If you want to keep your upholstery safe, give them a scratching post early and make sure it is well looked after. To learn how to keep their special scratching spot clean, read this article.
Just like the self-cleaning litter box, science has devised another way to automate taking care of your cat -- the automatic feeder and water fountain! And, just like the self-cleaning litter box, it can drastically decrease the amount of effort it takes to care for your cat -- assuming they are willing to use them. And because many cats refuse to use them, you should take a look at the various pros and cons of these types of mechanized feeders before making the investment.
Cats are notoriously curious, and because of that, are great at taking everyday objects and making them into their newest toy. To prevent them from clawing up all your things, you would do well to provide your cat with some acceptable outlets -- namely toys. And while store bought toys are generally effective and long lasting, with a little creativity, you can take some otherwise unused items and make them into something your cat will love to play with. For some ideas to get you started, this article has what you need.
If you plan on letting your cat roam the great outdoors, first be sure that they are up on all their shots and preventatives, and capable of holding their outside (i.e., have their claws). After they are deemed fit to walk around the neighborhood, you might want to install a flap in your door so they can come and go freely, unless you like sitting through hours of yowling at the back door. This article has all the info on what kind of pet door you will need.
More on Getting a New Cat
How to Adopt Shelter Cats
How to Change Cat Food
Introducing Cats to New Cats or Dogs
Finding the Right Cat Breed for You