Cat adoptions rise every year around this time. Many people see adopting a cat as a great gift for their families. But keep in mind, these cats are not toys and that means, you need to be prepared when you bring your new feline friend home.

Here are 5 quick tips for new cat owners:

1) Not all cats are the same!

Before bringing a cat home, make sure you do your research. Cats are very different animals than dogs. Some are more independent than others. Some will require more attention and grooming than other cats that just like to do their own thing. Depending on your lifestyle, one cat can be better for you than another. Figure out which is better suited for you.

2) Are you allergic?

One of the worst things to do is to adopt an animal and not realize you’re allergic. Then once you get the pet, you see that it won’t be able to work out, and you end up having to give the animal back to the shelter. This is a horrible situation that should be avoided at all costs. It’s crucial to figure out if you have any pet allergies BEFORE you adopt. Consult a vet or shelter expert to see which animal might be best for you.

3) Start grooming early!

It’s important to groom your cat. Unfortunately, many cat owners avoid grooming because their pet dreads it and the whole situation can get ugly. Well, if you adopt a young kitten, start grooming early and your cat will learn to look forward to grooming sessions and not dread them.

4) Invest in Scratching Posts, Catnip, and Toys!

Do you value your furniture? I’m sure the answer is undoubtedly YES! That’s why you need some basic supplies to help ensure the longevity of your furniture. Scratching posts will provide a great alternative to your furniture for cats when they feel like they need to scratch. Also, toys and catnip provide a fun diversion for cats that might enjoy going around and finding their own ways to have fun, which may include climbing, chewing, and scratching.

5) One Litter box might not be enough!

Obviously, if you have a cat as a companion, you must have a litter box. However, depending the layout and size of your home, one probably isn’t enough. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one litter box on each floor of your home. If you have multiple cats, then you may even need more than that. Having plenty of litter boxes prevents any behavioral issues associated with doing their “business.” Trust us, it’s worth the investment.

Having a cat is a great thing! They’re awesome companion animals, and they can be members of your family for years to come. However, they do come with some responsibility, and potential cat owners should understand that before adopting their feline friend. Remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!