9 Things You Need When You Get a Cat
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Your feline friend at home is your responsibility so you need all the tools and things to take its care. Such as a litter box, feeding bowl, or even a kitty bed. Here’s a list of all the things that may help you manage and keep your furry friend happy when you get it at your home. ~ Ed.
Cats are not only a great source of comfort and companionship; research has shown that owning a cat can actually have numerous benefits to your health.
The cute little creature will help you fight stress, boost your mood, and give you a sense of responsibility. They’ve even been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
But amidst all these benefits, owning a cat is also a huge responsibility and before bringing one to your home, there are various important things to consider. For instance, you’ll need to ensure you have enough time to care for your kitty.
You’ll also need to have certain cat essentials to ensure that the newest member of your family lives a happy, healthy, and comfortable life.
Before spilling the beans any further, here are nine things you need when you get a cat.
9 Essential Things Required for Your Pet Cat
Having a pet cat at home helps in many ways. However, the pet is totally your responsibility and you need to take all measures to take its best care. The following things will help you out in this endeavor.
A Good Litter Box
Especially if you brought home a baby kitty, a litter box is one of those things you don’t want to lack. And to be honest, the last thing you want is your feline friend pooping and peeing all over your furniture, carpets, and upholstery.
Older cats may not do this but they tend to poop in concealed places so unless you want to be poop hunting guided by the smell, a litter box is a must-have piece of equipment when bringing a cat home.
Now, there are many types of litter boxes for kitties. Sara Redding from Feline Living says that as far as hygiene and cleanliness go, self-sifting litter boxes are the best as they come with features that allow easy clean up and you’ll not have to deal with messes. The litter box should also be big enough for your cat.
Litter Scoop + Receptacle
To keep things clean, you will need to regularly get poo out of your cat’s litter box. Picture this as the way you need to keep your toilet clean despite the fact that it’s meant for waste.
But you can’t go touching your cat’s poo with your bare hands, can you? To make things easier, you’ll need a litter scoop along with a trash can or receptacle where the poo form the litter box will go. When looking for a good litter scoop, go for a non-stick option, preferably a metallic one. Also, opt for a model that is sturdily built and comfortable to use.
Bowls for Food and Water
If you’ve been a cat owner before, you’ll agree that seeing a cat feed or take milk from a bowl is super enjoyable. When getting a cat, you’ll need at least two bowls that you’ll use to serve them food and water in.
However, it’s important to remember that cats like feeding on shallow bowls so they don’t have to strain much. Also, the bowls should be easy to keep clean and sterilized. On this note, avoid plastic bowls as they tend to hold bacteria and odors. Instead, go for ceramic or metallic bowls.
Just like dogs, the little feline friends need to be groomed from time to time. Depending on how hairy your cat is, you’ll need to brush their coat regularly.
Your kittie grooming kit should also contain a nail clipper so you can regularly trim your cat’s claws to reduce the damage they might cause when scratching things around the home.
Sleep is a cat’s best friend and they can get enough of it from just any kind of surface they feel comfortable on. If not your lap, they can sleep on the couch or even creep into your bed when you’re sound asleep and lay down on your pillow.
Nonetheless, there’s a plethora of options out there for cat beds and giving your cat a place they can call their own is a great way to strengthen the bond between the two of you.
Collar & ID Tag
Nothing can be more frustrating than losing your best animal friend. It’s rare but it happens… cats do get lost.
To make it easier for your cats to find his way back home in case he ever gets lost, it’s important to get them a collar and an ID tag. Pet ID tags often contain the owner’s name, address, and phone number so a rescuer can easily reach the pet owner.
Yes, this is lone of the best things about owning a cat… they love to play with things. That’s why they’re pretty flexible.
To keep your cat fit and entertained, you’ll want to get them a variety of toys that are designed to mimic the small animals they like to hunt. Preferably, go for toys that they can chase after, such as small balls and wands.
Pets are not only a huge responsibility to take care of, but they are also expensive to maintain. Forget the food, toys, and other supplies, your cat will also need to visit the vet from time to time.
Considering how strong the bond between the two of you will be, you won’t want your cat to fall ill when you least expect it and you’re a bit short on cash. Emergency medical bills for pets can be hefty and the best thing you can do to protect your pet’s health, as well as your pocket, is to get pet insurance.
Some things that standard pet insurance policies cover include:
- Accidental injury
- Pest paralysis treatment
- Routine care
As earlier mentioned, pets are natural scratchers. It’s how they get their nails done and they also have fun from doing so and they can scratch on literally anything that does the job.
To prevent them from scratching your furniture and door frames, you’ll need to get your kitty friend a scratching post or two that mimic a tree trunk. A scratching post about 30 inches tall will often do and you can buy several of this, say one for each room in your home.
Wrapping It Up
And there you have it. Bringing a cat home is inarguably one of the best decisions you can make.
With the above few essentials on standby, taking care of your feline friend can be easy and enjoyable.
Over to you
Do you have a pet cat at home? If yes, then what things do you use to help you take its best care. Share your tips and thoughts in the comments.
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