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Becoming a new pet parent is exciting! It’s a whole world full of joy, adventure, and lots of unconditional love. Most of us know the basic needs your new cat will have: food, water, love, toys, and shelter, just to name a few. However, in this post, we are going to take a brief look at some tips for new cat owners that are often overlooked. Over time here at Cat Care Solutions, we will expand on each of them. Stay tuned!
# 1 – They Take Lots of Commitment
Something people often overlook with cats is that they are actually quite a lot of commitment. Cats are often chosen instead of dogs because they feel it is going to be less work involved.
Overall, it might actually be the case, but that doesn’t mean a cat is not going to be a lot of work as well.
Cats, in general, have a fairly independent streak. This doesn’t mean they don’t love you or don’t want you around. Although, they are usually the ones to decide when your attention is requested demanded.
Every cat personality is different, just like ours. I’ve had kitties who demanded my full attention nearly 24/7. Others were content to do their own thing most of the day.
Cats are just like kids that never really grow up. Every day will require something from you in their care; whether that’s Vet visits, litter box maintenance, or safety when they’re outdoors.
It’s vitally important to not underestimate the level of commitment and care it will take to keep your cat healthy and happy. You’ll be their loving parent for many years to come. For all of their needs, they will look to you.
# 2 – Declawing Is Dangerous
I know, I know, this is a very controversial topic. Many of you reading this do believe in declawing your cats. Some folks are worried about their safety or comfort, or they might think somehow that it is better for the cat themselves.
I’ll admit, some cat behaviors, like clawing furniture, can be destructive. What we must understand is the cat never sees our belongings the way we do. To them, it’s just a convenient place to stretch or claim something as their own.
Related Reading: How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Furniture
Unless declawing your cat is medically necessary for their health, it’s best to leave them in their natural state. Cats use their claws for many purposes, from balancing themselves or stretching, to climbing.
Declawing is even banned in many countries for being inhumane. I’ve personally known people who had their cats declawed, and there was a complication with the procedure nearly leading to death due to uncontrollable bleeding.
Consider what it would be like to have our own nails medically removed. Ouch!
# 3 – Administering Medication
There will be times in your cat’s life when you will need to try and find a way to administer medication. It could be because they are in need of some pain control, or because they are suffering from a specific medical condition or both.
Some people find that giving medication to their cat is extremely difficult. Most cats don’t really enjoy taking medicine, but there are some tips that make your life and your cat’s life a bit easier.
Note: Ask your Vet if a liquid form of the medication is available. Many Veterinary professionals know that cat parents aren’t always comfortable medicating their cat. This has resulted in some creative solutions available for us pet lovers.
Tips I’ve Learned for Giving Cats Medicine
- Ask your Vet if the medication they’ve prescribed can be crushed (if in tablet form), or opened (when in capsule form). If yes, try adding the medication to some canned cat food, or baby food suitable for cats.
- If your cat detects the medication flavor and refuses to eat, try a PillPocket treat designed for kitties instead.
- Cats are creatures of habit, and very very smart. Train your cat to actually enjoy the time of day you’ll be giving the medication. Offer up their favorite treats at the same hour you’ll be required to do the dreaded act. Instead of associating ‘medication hour’ with something bad, they’ll actually associate the time with something positive!
In some cases, you might even need to have your cat on sub q fluids. These can be slightly tricky to administer correctly. A good Vet will walk you through the process, and answer any questions you might have.
If you are feeling unsure, don’t hesitate to say so! Veterinary professionals know we are generally unfamiliar with the procedures they do every day. Answering your questions isn’t a problem!
Whether it’s pills, liquids, or sub-q fluids, knowing how to safely medicate your cat is a skill most cat parents will need to learn at some point. Our four-legged kiddos get sick, just like we do!
Being comfortable with the process ensures you and your cat can remain as stress-free as possible under difficult circumstances.
# 4 – Pet Insurance Is A Worthy Consideration
Cats do tend to get in more scrapes than dogs, especially those that are allowed to roam outside. If you are concerned about the potential financial implications of that, then you might want to consider pet insurance. That’s why when it comes to tips for new cat owners, this one is worth giving some thought!
Quality pet insurance is absolutely worth getting, as it only costs you a minimal amount each month, but you will find that it generally pays off if your cat gets into any trouble. Vet bills add up quickly. Having some peace of mind means you won’t be thinking of money when you’d rather not be.
If you do feel pet insurance is a good fit for you, don’t put off getting it. We never know what will or can happen from moment to moment. If you delay and something happens today, you’ll wish you hadn’t!
Did You Find These Overlooked Tips for New Cat Owners Helpful?
Sharing your life with cats is a whole lot of fun. They will keep you laughing, guessing, and smiling. It’s an adventure every single day!
If you are a new cat parent – congratulations! I’m excited for you to learn all about your new kitty and the unique personality they have.
For my readers who are long-time cat people, are there any tips for new cat owners you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
As always, I am sending my love to you and your family. Thank you for sharing this post with those you love too!
Healing Purrs Headed Your Way,
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