Monday, November 09, 2015

The Essentials for First-time Adopters


We're gearing up for another National Adoption Weekend next Saturday and Sunday. We can't wait to meet the potential adopters looking to give one of our cats a loving new home! 

For first-time adopters the process is full of excitement and expectation for what's to come. With each adoption we provide a full packet of cat information, including the following list of items essential for every cat home. Before you welcome your new cat home make sure you're prepared with the following items.
  • Food and Water Bowls: Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are preferable as they resist bacteria build-up. Clean dishes daily.
  • High Quality Food (appropriate for the cat’s age): Wet? Dry? Special diet? Your local pet store can help you decide which food is best for your cat and your budget. (Water should be available to your cat at all times!)
  • Litter box, Litter and Scooper: There are a wide variety of litter boxes and litter types available. Some cats like an open box, while some prefer the privacy of one with a top and door. They can be picky about the type (i.e. clay vs. recycled newspaper) of litter too. Watch how your cat uses the box and litter, and don't be afraid to try something new if necessary. Cats also prefer a clean spot to do their business in. Scooping the litter each day will help keep it fresh and will encourage your cat to continue to use the litter box. Litter boxes should also be washed regularly.
  • Break-Away or Safety Collar With ID Tags: If your cat gets out, a break-away collar and ID tag will signal that she is an indoor pet who does not belong outside. If someone finds her then they will be able to get in contact with you.
  • Carrier: Anytime your cat has to leave the house, for a vet appointment or otherwise, she should be secured in a carrier. By transporting your cat in a carrier you ensure that she is not able to run from you if frightened.
  • Scratching Posts: Scratching is a healthy activity for cats. They do it to stretch and work their muscles, and also to leave their scent. A scratching post gives your cat an outlet for this instinctive behavior apart from your furniture. Look for a post at least as tall as your cat is long so that she can fully extend her body when using it.
  • Grooming Essentials: Nail clippers and brushes are essentials for every cat owner. Your veterinarian can teach you how to trim your cat’s nails and can recommend the best brush type for your cat’s coat. Brushing your cat can help to remove tangles and debris from her fur. Some cats seem to love being brushed even more than being pet, so it may be a good way to bond with your new cat too.
  • Bedding: Making a bed available for your cat can give her a safe space to nap. She may chose to sleep elsewhere, but it is a good idea to give her a place all her own.
  • Toys: Cats can be very playful by nature. Providing them with a wide variety of toys provides them with exercise, entertainment, and mental stimulation, which is essential for indoor-only cats.
If possible, have these items ready at home before adopting. This will help ease the transition for you and your cat. And never forget that the love you provide is the most essential thing of all.

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