Pet Resources & Directory

When you have decided that it is time to include a cat in to your family it is best to do research before hand so that you are prepared and aware of your responsibilities. This can especially be helpful if you already have other cats or pets at home. The introduction of your new pet to the home may need some adjusting to in the beginning. Be sure to have already decided on which brand of food you want to feed your cat. You will probably also want to get a scratching post or toys that your cat can use to be active with. It is also important to have already chosen a family vet that you can depend on to care for your animals when need be.

It is best to make your house cat-safe before bringing the cat in to your home. Some common plants can be very toxic when eaten by cats. Some plants to beware of are poinsettia, ivy, lupine, azalea, and rhododendron. Curious cats also tend to play with cords and strings that can be dangerous. Chewed electric cords can cause a deadly electric shock, while swallowed strings or rubber bands may become entangled in the cat's intestines and cause severe internal damage. It is also wise to be aware of open doors or windows if your cat is strictly an indoor cat. Should the cat get out, it might easily get lost in the unfamiliar surroundings. Whether you plan to keep your cat as an indoors-only cat or allow her some access to the outdoors, make sure you are aware of where your cat is for at least the first few weeks. Secure all doors and windows and be sure that no hatch can be opened by a curious cat.

Cats are territorial animals this is why they mark their territory, perform daily patrols and know every nook and cranny in and about their home. Cats are also creatures of habit and do not like sudden change. Moving the cat from one environment to another can be very stressful for them. We must understand how difficult it could be for the poor cat to get to know new owners as well as confronting changes in food, water, household routines, and rules. It is no wonder that some cats experience difficulties when they are introduced into a new environment.

All cats react in different ways to change, but they all benefit from a gradual introduction to a new household - especially when other cats are involved. Kittens are usually more adjustable and young kittens can sometimes make themselves at home within hours. Older cats that are often more set in their ways will take longer to adjust. When you first bring your cat home designate a sanctuary room for it. It can be too overwhelming for the cat to be introduced to the whole house at once. It's best to find a room that has little or no foot traffic and where this little or no chance for the cat to escape. Make sure you provide all the cats necessities in the room such as litter box, food and water bowl.

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