Before getting a cat, it can be stressful to think about the things that you may be unaware of when it comes to taking care of these purry friends. However, we want to make the process of getting a cat easier for you because they make some really awesome pets. Since it’s National Cat Month, we’ve decided to focus on the five must-knows before you buy a cat.
So, without further ado, here are five things you should know before getting a cat:
What can I feed my cat?
Veterinarians recommend cat food as foods that your cat should be eating on a day-to-day basis. However, it is important to know which type of cat food your cat favours and prefers! There are two types that you should be familiar with, and they are dry cat food and wet cat food. Some cats prefer one type over the other, and some cats like to enjoy both!
Cats also enjoy “human” foods as well, but it is extremely important to know which foods are safe for consumption by your friendly feline. Fish, cooked meats, and berries are some of the most common human foods that are enjoyed by cats. These nutritious foods should be given as treats and in moderation.
However, there are foods that should be avoided completely. Milk and dairy products should be avoided as cats are lactose intolerant! This one usually surprises everyone, as we all grew up thinking cats can drink milk, but this is actually not true. Other foods that should be avoided are grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, raw meats, and chocolate as they are toxic and harmful to your cat.
How often should I change the litter?
We recommend changing your cat’s litter everyday or every other day to keep your cat’s litter space as clean as possible. At the end of the week, add some fresh litter into the box to keep the litter box clean and usable by your cat.
Can I let my indoor cat go outside?
Absolutely! Some cats love to enjoy some time outdoors. However, it is generally safer to keep your cat indoors as various dangers can occur if your cat is let outside. If you do choose to let your cat outdoors, we recommend getting your cat flea and tick treatments or shots in order to prevent these little bugs from harming your cat.
What shots does my cat need?
There are two shots that are essential for your cat’s health, and they are the yearly booster shots and the rabies vaccine shots. The yearly booster shots improve your cat’s immune system, protecting your cat from diseases such as the cat flu and Feline Leukemia. The rabies vaccine shot is to prevent rabies, an extremely harmful disease and in most cases fatal for cats.
Contact your local veterinary clinic to learn more about vaccinations, and to book an appointment for your cat!
Is catnip bad for cats?
Not at all! Catnip is a natural herb from the mint family that actually got its name from the wild attraction cats have for it. Catnip can be either ingested or smelled, and each of those two methods have different effects. If ingested, your cat will mellow out and be calm. If smelled, your cat will be super energetic.