Cats can bring joy and companionship to people of all ages, which is why many families choose to adopt around the holidays. If you’re considering adding a furry companion to the family this winter, it’s important to think about these important factors:
Before You Adopt
If the cat you’re adopting will be your family’s first pet, planning for the time and energy your cat will require is essential. Does your lifestyle require a lot of travel? Do you work full-time? Luckily, cats are independent animals by nature and can do well on their own for periods of time as long as they have the things they need like fresh water, food, a clean litter box, and a comfortable place to sleep. However, if you are adopting a kitten, you might consider putting vacations on hold for a bit, as younger cats have more energy and require additional attention as they start to grow.
If you already have pets, consider their personalities and how they will get along with a new furry friend. Ask your vet about how to best introduce your new and existing pets to ensure a safe and comfortable relationship between the animals in your home.
Your new pet will cost money to care for, so it’s good to budget for cat’s needs before you adopt. Some of the things you’ll need to set aside some finances for include:
Food and water bowls
ID tag and collar
After You Adopt
Depending on where you adopted your furry friend from, they may or may not be up-to-date on shots and vaccines. It’s vital for your new cat to be seen by a veterinarian in order to ensure they are healthy and there are no underlying conditions or health issues. If there are health concerns, your vet can give you treatment options and advise you of any special dietary requirements your cat may have.
Your new cat may have difficulty adjusting to their new home. It’s important to comfort them but also give them the space they need to get familiar with their surroundings. Be patient with your cat as they adjust, and report any behavioral concerns or changes to your veterinarian.
To ensure your newest family member stays healthy and happy, bring them in to Catonsville Cat Clinic for regular wellness check-ups. Our dedicated and compassionate professionals can help you in providing your cat with everything they need to live their best life with your family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!