Ten Tips for New Cat Owners

At Durack Pet Motel, we love cats, and as such we thought it might be a good idea to share some of our experience for new cat owners. Bringing a new pet into the household can be similar to bringing a new baby. There is much to learn, and you will have fun along the way as you get to know your new feline friend.

Find the Right Breed

Finding the right breed of cat that suits your lifestyle is important to having a happy relationship with your cat. If you are the sort of person who works long hours, or is not home very much, you would be best to choose a breed that is not highly intelligent and needing lots of attention.

Does Your Cat Need a Buddy?

If you are the sort of person who isn’t home much, but you still want to have a cat waiting for you to greet you when you get home, perhaps you might consider getting two cats. The advantage of having two cats is that they will keep each other busy when you are not home, which will hopefully prevent them from wrecking the place while waiting for you.

Is the Cat Immunised and Neutered?

One important aspect of being a pet owner is having your cat immunised against diseases to prevent it from getting sick. Having your cat neutered at the appropriate age will also prevent it from trying to get out of your house when you aren’t there, or spraying on the furniture.

Check for Allergies

If you are person who has allergies you may want to take this into consideration before choosing which breed of cat is the right one for you. While some people find that their bodies adapt to the allergic reaction, for some it doesn’t and, as such, you may find yourself suffering from your new feline friend.

Choose a Quality Litter Box and Litter

When choosing a litter box, make sure that you go for a quality one, such as one with a lid, which will give your cat more privacy. It is also best to get quality litter that clumps easily, which allows for easier cleaning of the box.

Provide Enough Toys for Your Cat

Like children, cats love to play, and if you don’t provide them with enough toys they will likely start to use your possessions as toys. Ensure that you introduce them to their toys and play with them regularly, to prevent them from getting bored and taking it out on you or your belongings.

Keep a Stock of Cat Treats for Training

Like humans, cats don’t just come into the world knowing everything, so you need to help them to learn. Keep a stock of cat treats for when you are training or needing to bribe your cat.

Did Somebody Say Scratching Post?

One way to prevent your cat from scratching your furniture or belongings to pieces is to buy them a scratching post. You can entice your cat to use it by sprinkling catnip on it or playing with a toy around it, and giving rewards when it uses it.

Are You Going to Get Pet Insurance?

When something goes wrong with a cat’s health, often it can become a costly exercise if you don’t have pet insurance. Pet insurance gives you peace of mind in knowing that your cat is covered if something does go wrong.

Do Your Research

Probably the best tip that we could give to any cat owner is to do your research. Read books and research online. Talk to other cat owners. Get to know your breed of cat, and learn to understand what it likes or doesn’t like. It is a new member of your family and just wants to be loved, like everyone else.