By Victoria Swanson — One of many Cat Breeds blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
Are you adopting a new cat? Well, let me share a few things you might need before you bring your new, furry friend home.
Get down on the ground and take a look around. This is what your cat can see. What can she get into; wires and cords can be very dangerous to chew on, so hide them from your cat as much as you can.
Take care of plants, too. It is possible that some of your houseplants can be toxic to your cat. Check out this list at the ASPCA to find out if your house contains any of these toxic plants. These plants will need to be removed for your cat's safety.
For the first week, you should keep your new cat away from other pets and children. This will give your cat a chance to get used to the strange new noises, sights and smells of her new home. Introduce any other pets to the new comer by separating them, and allowing them to sniff each other from under the door for a few days. Set up rules for your children so that they may learn how to properly and safely interact with their new cat.
After the first week it will be time to let your cat start exploring the rest of the house. Keep these new explorations short and supervised, increasing her exploration time a little more each day.
When your cat meets your current pets for first time, expect hissing, paw smacking and raised hackles. Don't worry, this is all normal and they will all adjust in time. Do NOT force or rush these introductions. Let them figure it out under your supervision.
If you haven't spayed/neutered your cat or given it its vaccinations, you should visit a veterinarian immediately. Ask your vet about what time would be best for getting your cat spayed or neutered. This is one of the healthiest things you can do for your pets as it prevents any unwanted pregnancies later. Your kitten should also be vaccinated so as to prevent a number of infections and diseases. Finally, make sure to take care of your cat's other medical needs, such as giving her heartworm medicine and checking her for fleas and ticks.
Cat Fancy Magazine, 2011
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