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Bringing your new cat home

Cats make excellent pets. Although cats are considered to be independent pets, they are extremely affectionate and trust their owners implicitly.

Cats make excellent pets. Although cats are considered to be independent pets, they are extremely affectionate and trust their owners implicitly. It is important to understand that keeping a cat is a long-term commitment and will require time, effort, and even veterinary care, in a lot of cases.

Here is a list of things you should prepare for before bringing a cat into your home.

1. A space of their own

In order to feel comfortable, cats need their own space inside the house. Before bringing the cat home, make sure there is a designated area for it. Try and keep the house as calm and quiet as possible while your kitten is settling in.

2. Make the space cat-friendly

Fill the cat’s space with a bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and toys before it arrives. Spend time understanding what your cat likes and dislikes so that you can make changes accordingly.

3. Health Checks with the Vet

After a few days of settling in, you should take your kitten to the vet for a complete health check. Your vet will provide advice regarding nutrition, vaccinations, flea/worm treatments, neutering, and more.

4. Cat-tracker

Cats are curious pets, and it is not uncommon for cats to wander and end up missing. Microchipping a cat can help with tracking them. Cats can be microchipped at any age by your vet.

Furthermore, it is a good idea to provide your cat with a collar marked with their name and your telephone number. In the event that your pet becomes lost, the microchip along with the collar will assist you in locating and bringing them home.

5. Get insurance

There are many feline diseases that can affect cats. Additionally, the cost of pet care increases with the age of pets. Cats should be insured when they are kittens.

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