The ultimate cat owner’s guide: must-know and haves for new and existing pet parents

The ultimate cat owner’s guide: must-know and haves for new and existing pet parents

Bringing a new feline friend into your home is an exciting and fulfilling experience. As a new cat owner, you want to ensure that your feline companion has everything they need to feel comfortable and loved. It’s always better to do research and prep your home before your new kitty arrive. Here are some tips for you to prepare your home and make the transition smooth and enjoyable for both you and your new cat.

This is how you can prepare your home:

  1. Find a quiet place for your cat so it can have its own safe space.

  2. Remove any toxic plants, chemicals or tiny objects that can harm your cat. You can check out our previous blog on toxic plants for cats: Plants that are toxic to cats – Omni Pet Club ™

  3. Secure any loose wires and cords. Please organize them tidily to prevent your cat from chewing them.

  4. Find a spot to set up the litter box and make sure there is easy access.

 

Now, let's do some shopping for the essentials. Please check out our list from below.

  1. Food and Food bowls: You can talk to the previous owner, so you know what your new kitty eats. It’s best to give your new cat the food they are used to, and slowly transition to new food if you’re going to change it. Choosing a food for your cat can be stressful because there are so many brands and choices on the market. How do you choose? Cats are carnivores, so they require lots of animal protein in their diet. Your cat food should have high protein and low on carb. Another tip is wet food is always better than kibble. You should also consult your veterinarian for best food recommendation based on your cat’s age, breed, and specific needs. Something else that people tend to overlook are the food and water bowls. It’s best to use non-lead glazed ceramic or stainless steel bowls. Don’t forget to get healthy treats for your cat! Treats are excellent for training, bonding sessions, and occasional indulgence. Remember, a healthy cat is a happy cat!

  2. Litter box and Litter: You need to choose a litter box that is big enough for your cat and provides a comfortable space and easy access to do its business. You will need to switch out to a bigger box as your kitty grows. If your litter box is too small, your cat may leave a mess on the floor or somewhere else. It’s also recommended to have an extra litter box for your cat. If you have multiple cats in the house, it’s always best to have 1 box per cat plus an extra one. Lastly, please avoid covered litter boxes. Those boxes are designed for human needs, not cats. Imagine yourself using those blue portable bathrooms; do you enjoy being trapped in that dark and smelly bathroom? That’s how your cat feels when they use those litter boxes; it will not enjoy its litter box, and they will start doing their business outside of the boxes.
    Now, you got your box, how do you choose the litter? It’s always best to consider unscented and low-dust options. Fragrances can be offensive to your cats and some cats might develop some health issues from them as well. Most cat owners prefer clumping litter because it’s easy to scoop out the waste but there are many other options to consider. If you do decide to change the type of litter your cat uses, you will have to transition the litter in a similar way as their food. Whichever type of litter you use, the most important thing is to always keep your cat’s litter box clean and provide them with clean litter at all time.

  3. Toys: Toys are essentials for your cat. They provide stimulation, keep your cats from boredom, and help your cats stay active. Playtime is super essential for your cat. When you play with your cats, use toys to mimic their hunting experience. Avoid buying toys that are made from synthetic materials and any harsh chemicals to prevent unplanned and expensive vet bills.

  4. Scratching post: Cats need places to sharpen their claws to hunt. If you don’t have a scratching post, your cat will use your furniture as their scratching post. Please consider to provide your cat with at least 2 or 3 scratching posts in various areas.

  5. Cat tree or Cat furnitures: Your cat loves to climb to high places and in the wild, they love to rest at the top of trees. Cats love to climb to higher places to have better view of their surroundings and also provide them a safe environment. Cat trees and cat furniture give your cat its own vertical space while preventing them from getting on your counter or shelves.

  6. Cat carrier: A comfortable and good quality cat carrier is highly recommended. Cats prefer softer materials and it doesn’t make your cat feel like it’s trapped inside a cage. If your cat loves its carrier, it will make vet trips and travel so much easier.

  7. Cat bed: Cat beds are not required but they’re optional. My cats love to sleep in their backpack and cat trees. One benefit to providing your cat a comfortable bed is giving it another safe space.

  8. Grooming supplies: Depending on your cat's coat, you may need a brush or comb to keep their fur tangle-free.

  9. Collar and ID tag: We have mentioned collars and ID tags in our blogs several times. These are the simplest safety tools for your pet. Please ensure your pet’s ID tag and microchip information is up-to-date; that way people can help your cat find its way back home.

  10. Leash : Leashes are not essential for cat owners. However, taking cats out on walks is a recent trend gaining in popularity. If you’re planning on joining this trend, make sure to walk your cat on a leash for its safety. Check out our past blog post to learn more about choosing a leash: How to choose a leash for your pet – Omni Pet Club ™ You can also check out our OPC Leash System - it was designed with your cat in mind.

  11. Poop bags: If you are training an adventurous cat, please make sure to be a responsible cat owner; that means cleaning up after your cat. Keep a stash of biodegradable poop bags handy for walks and trips to the park.

  12. Basic care and Health care: Have regular vet checkups and visits to ensure your cat’s overall health, vaccinations and preventive care are up-to-date. If you cat isn’t spayed/neutered, please discuss with your vet when is the appropriate time for spaying/neutering your cat to prevent unwanted litters or certain health issues in the future. Lastly, don’t forget to introduce routine dental care to your cat to help maintain your cat’s oral health.

As a new cat owner, providing your feline friend with the necessary supplies and care will set the nice foundation for a happy and health life together. The most important thing is to shower them with the love and attention that they need and deserve. Also, be patient with your new cat to help them adjust to your home and bond with you. Happy pet parenting!! Cheers!

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