What New Cat Owners Should Know Before Adopting
One of the easiest things to do in life is fall for a cat’s charms. Even those that have never enjoyed living with felines, or folks with allergies, can see that cats are purr-fectly irresistible. People who have never owned a cat might not realize, however, that there’s much more to it than long, lazy blinks, happy scampers, cuddles, and playtime. New cat owners have some serious questions to ask before adopting, but if answered honestly, the results are 100% positive.
Many new cat owners dive in before truly looking at the big picture. A lack of planning, preparation, and foresight are typically the root causes that feline adoptions go awry, and the cats themselves are the ones who suffer, unfortunately.
To prevent the surrender of a cat who needs a good, dependable owner, it’s critical to consider the long view of caring for them over the course of their entire life (which could be as long as 20 years).
The Finer Things
Among the considerations new cat owners must recognize, the following are vital components to a cat’s health:
- Housing – Your living situation must accommodate pets. If you don’t own your own place, your landlord or management company may have stipulations or restrictions, or roommates could have allergies. To ensure that your cat is never subject to an injury or illness related to their environment, check the property thoroughly. If you already own another pet, take extra care when introducing them to each other. Kids can make great new cat owners, but require guidance and close supervision.
- Medical Care – The costs associated with establishing wellness can be high at first. Microchipping, spay/neuter, and initial vaccinations can add up, but they are absolutely critical to your cat’s long-term health. New cat owners must be able to look down the road at the necessity of medical care, such as yearly or biannual exams, dental care, grooming, parasite prevention, boarding, and so on. Pet insurance may be a good option for you.
- Time – New cat owners are typically smitten with their adoptees, but as the novelty wears off and cats age, the time spent playing and engaging with their cats can start to diminish. Please be aware that cats, no matter their age, deserve and thrive through daily, consistent interaction with their people.
- Supplies – Cats don’t require a great deal of gear, but they must have a clean litter box at all times, toys, cozy bedding, and places to climb and perch.
New Cat Owners
Kittens are so cute, but their energy levels can be off-putting for some new cat owners. If you think you might want a more laid-back pet, opt for an adult or senior cat at the shelter or rescue facility. You might even find that you’d be the best person to care for a disabled or special needs cat (and they make excellent, sweet companions).
New cat owners should always make an appointment to bring their new additions for a wellness check shortly after adoption. Establishing a wellness plan that includes optimal nutrition, vaccinations, and parasite prevention are at the core of a healthy feline.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Congratulations and good luck!