There’s no doubt about it – cats make excellent companions, offering comfort and affection with just a smidge of independence mixed in for good measure. However, if you’re bringing home a feline friend for the first time it can be useful to know some insider tips on how to make sure they are receiving the proper care that they require to live a healthy life. Here are our top five tips on how to live happily ever after with your new furbaby…

Tip #1 – Invest in a scratching post

Whether it’s shoes, carpet, furniture or bedding, your little furry ninja might go a little claw-crazy before they are fully trained. A way to help combat this and save your furniture is to invest in a scratching post. They can in a variety of sizes, colours and configuration and allow them a place to exhibit natural behaviour and provide environmental enrichment without costing you the expense of a new lounge. An added bonus – these affordable features usually double as a play station and a comfy place for your cat to rest! It’s a win-win all ‘round!

Tip #2 – Schedule your vet check-ups right away!

Vaccinations, desexing and microchipping are essential parts of being a responsible pet owner. It is important that you don’t put off taking your feline friend to the vet for their regular checkups, boosters and book an appointment to get them desexed before they come into their first season! This is roughly around six months of age for female cats, depending on the breed.  Read our blog on desexing and microchipping your cat to understand more about why they are both beneficial and essential to your new cats wellbeing both in the short and long term.

Tip #3 – Don’t forget the kitty litter!

If you’re adopting a kitten or cat that isn’t quite housetrained, you definitely don’t want to forget about this part. Make sure you set up your tray and kitty litter in a space that is both easily accessible for your cat but also appropriate for the household. In a laundry or next to a door leading outside is usually best. There is a vast array of litter types available including odour control varieties, select one best suited to your household as well as choosing an appropriate tray. Considerations here can include size, open or enclosed. Choose what works best for you, your pet and your household.

Tip #4 – Buy pet insurance

Pet insurance is often an overlooked yet significant aspect of pet ownership. Don’t be fooled into thinking that nothing bad will ever happen to your pet – because if it does and you don’t have pet insurance, the reality is that a situation such as an emergency or illness could arise and you would find yourself facing unexpected bills that could be necessary in saving your beloved pets life.  Shop around for a plan that is right for you. Cover is relatively affordable and can save you a lot of heartache and stress in a time of need, so be sure to research your options before bringing your beloved furbaby home. You will be glad you did.