When you adopt a pet, it becomes a member of the family, and you want your new furry friend to be as happy and healthy as possible. That being said, different animals have different needs. If you recently adopted a cat or kitten, you may be curious about what you can do to ensure that your feline has the best possible life. Luckily, in today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips you should consider to ensure that your cat is living its happiest and healthiest life.
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Provide Scratching Posts
It won’t take you long to realize that your new kitty has claws. However, some cats are better about not using their claws than others. Either way, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a few different places for your cat to use their claws safely. Cats love to stretch and file their claws, but if you don’t provide them with a safe place to do so, you may find that your couch or even your leg becomes their new favorite scratching post. Consider buying a few different scratching posts to place around your home. You may even want to consider buying scratching posts made of different materials such as carpet, cardboard, or rope — you never know what your cat may like!
Microchip Your Kitty
The last thing you want is for your feline to run away and never return home. Even if your cat is strictly an indoor cat, felines are master escape artists, and you may not even notice your kitty sneak out the door until it’s too late. For this reason, it’s recommended that you have your cat wear a collar with its name and your phone number on it. In addition to the collar, you should also make sure your cat is microchipped. Most kittens are already microchipped when they’re adopted, but if yours isn’t, make sure to ask your vet about your options. Investing in a microchip can increase the possibility of your feline being found and making it back home should they run away.
Provide Prey Toys
Cats are predators, and they enjoy stalking and pouncing on their prey, whether it be another animal in your home, a toy, or even you. If you want to avoid being your feline’s favorite prey, it’s a good idea to provide your kitty with plenty of prey toys they can play with. With that in mind, cats can be very picky, and if you have more than one, there’s no guarantee that all of your cats will like the same kind of toy. We recommend buying a few different kinds of prey toys such as mice, wand toys, or even a laser pointer. These will provide your kitty with entertainment, as well as keep their hunting skills sharp!
Consider Another Cat
Much like humans, cats are very social animals, and having only one cat in your home could cause your kitty to be lonely and/or constantly beg you for affection and playtime. If you’re worried about your cat being lonely, consider adopting another cat into your family or even another pet. That being said, if you plan to adopt another animal, make sure you take the necessary precautions, introduce the animals safely, and provide them with plenty of toys, places to hide, food, and litter boxes.
Enrich Their Environment
While providing your cat with a litter box, food, water, and toys may seem like all they need, if you truly want your feline to be happy and healthy, you may want to consider enriching their environment even further. Luckily, there are many ways you can enrich a cat’s environment. For example, you can buy your furry friend some places to hide and interactive toys. If you’re worried about not having enough space in your home, consider building up instead of out. Cats are natural climbers, so buying a cat tree or building shelves that they can climb on will provide them with endless hours of entertainment.
Schedule a Mobile Vet Visit Today!
Keeping your cat happy is one thing, but it’s also important to make sure they are healthy. Luckily, 911 VETS PriVet in Los Angeles can help! Our mobile vet can provide you with all the veterinary services you need, whether you want to schedule a regular appointment or are in need of more extensive services. Learn about all the services we offer by exploring our website, and give us a call to request a mobile vet visit to your home.
We look forward to helping you and your feline!