Most people will agree that one of the greatest joys in life is owning an animal; they provide us with unwavering love, affection, and companionship and never leave our side. When deciding you are ready to welcome your first cat into your home, there are several questions you may be asking yourself, including how do I provide the best care possible to my new furry friend?
Cats are heavily reliant on scent, and the first few moments in their new forever home can set a precedence for their entire livelihoods. A few days before collecting your cat, leave an item of clothing or a blanket with them. This will allow them to become familiar with your scent and reduce anxiety levels during the settling in period. You will need to invest in a good quality cat carrier, which will likely be used throughout their lives when taken to the vets, so choose the one you know will be of a suitable size once they have finished growing.
You will also need to decide on the basics, such as cat food & water bowls, and whether or not you choose to litter train. You can find many of your cat food essentials here. If you have decided upon purchasing a kitten, be aware they shouldn’t go outside for the first few weeks of their life until immunity is fully developed. A litter tray is the most hygienic and easy way to provide your cat when nature calls.
Once you have decided upon the practical equipment you will need to ensure your cat’s physical needs are met; it is just as important to select a range of stimulating toys to keep boredom at bay and develop their brains. As we mentioned, cats are animals who rely heavily on their scent, and so incorporating this into play is a natural link between instinct and fun. Begin by spraying a light mist of our Beaphar Calming Home Spray around your furnishings and on any carpet. This will allow your cat to feel more relaxed and engaged in their surroundings whilst also stimulating their instincts to explore. Once they have settled in, consider purchasing a catnip-based toy and watch their reactions go wild!
It’s a well-known fact that cats dislike baths, and whilst it may not be a good idea to introduce your new companion to the bathtub initially, it is a good idea to get them used to the idea once they are settled. A simple and effective way to rinse off any nasties along with providing parasite protection is the Johnsons Cat Flea Cleanser Shampoo – the perfect alternative to spot on drops.
Finally, providing a safe, comfortable, and warm place for your cat to sleep is imperative to their wellbeing; did you know cats can sleep for up to 20 hours a day! A self-heating pad is a perfect addition to a kitten’s new home, as it reminds them of their littermates. Place under their bed to deliver a soothing and relaxing environment they are sure to love.