You need to know these ten things before buying yourself a cat!

Cat tips!
A visitor pets a cat at the pop-up "Cat cafe", a cafe where patrons can interact and adopt cats, in New York, April 25, 2014. Cat Cafe, a pop up cafe which opened for only four days until April 27, 2014, allows visitors to have a coffee and interact with 21 cats and adopt one if they want. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Here at CatPlanet we’ve compiled ten key tips to help you prepare to have your first feline friend!

Firstly we know that cats are awesome, there’s no pet better than an adorable pussy-cat!        However, there is more to having a cat than just a loveable furry creature and before purchasing your cat there are a few things you should know

 

  • Cats are, of course, independent by nature, but they’re not too good at taking care of themselves. Before you adopt, make sure that your lifestyle can make room for a feline. Think about how busy you are and the amount of time you spend at home, this will dictate the kind of cat you should get — very busy people may find it difficult to find the time for a cat that needs a lot of grooming and attention, especially the highly intelligent and active cats. But, there are cats that are ideal for the working lifestyle. Please do your research.

 

  •  What if your circumstances change after the adoption? Or if you work long hours and still want a friendly face to greet you at the door after working hard? Adopting another friend for the cat to play with can be an excellent solution.

 

  •  Do you have any allergies? If you do suffer from severe allergic reactions, consider testing yourself for feline allergies before bringing a cat home. Then again, some peoples allergies might adapt to their own pet, but still be allergic to other peoples cats. It is wise to choose a cat with low allergens. Consult your vet or books.

 

  •  Before you bring your cat home, take it for a checkup and immunisations. Also, if you do not wish to breed your cat schedule it in to be neutered as soon as age permits. This can mean the difference between a healthy and happy cat, and a miserable cat trying to claw its way through the windows or spraying your furniture.

 

  •  Get a good cat litter box and quality cat litter. An enclosed litter box can allow you and your cat more privacy, and clumping litter is easier to maintain. Keep the box clean, for the comfort of your cat and your nose. Also, make sure you buy well-balanced, age-appropriate food for your cat. Ask your vet, the representatives at your local pet store. We’ve linked some suggestions below to help!

  •  Cats love to play. Toy mice, string, feathers, and even empty boxes make for great amusement. Playthings needn’t be expensive (they can even be homemade), just make sure there’s enough to keep your cat happy, active, and mentally occupied.

  •  Some cats are more likely to claw and scratch at furniture or belongings so we believe it is wise to invest in a high quality scratching post.

  •  Catnip, and those little freeze-dried cat treats are excellent tools for cat bribery and training.

 

  •  Consider pet insurance. We hope you won’t need it, but like they always say, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

 

  •  If it’s a kitten you’re bringing home, make sure you start a grooming routine early. Bathing, brushing, and trimming claws will be an event to look forward to, rather than something to dread.

And that is it for our list of tips and tricks to help you get started on your cat adventure!