TOP 15 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Cat

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There are TONS of kittens, adult cats, and senior cats that are looking for forever homes — so you’re sure to find your perfect match!

2. The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but a lot of cats have been known to live over 20.The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but a lot of cats have been known to live over 20.

The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but a lot of cats have been known to live over 20.

Remember that bringing a kitty home is a lifelong commitment.

3.Do not declaw your cat.

Do not declaw your cat.

This surgery involves amputating the end of your cat’s toes, and it is extremely painful. There are alternative ways to monitor your cat’s scratching, like providing different scratching surfaces and clipping his nails responsibly.

4. Cat overpopulation is a huge problem so it’s extremely important to ALWAYS spay and neuter your kitties.

Cat overpopulation is a huge problem so it's extremely important to ALWAYS spay and neuter your kitties.

Cat overpopulation is a huge problem so it’s extremely important to ALWAYS spay and neuter your kitties.

Cats can breed as often as three times a year, so this is absolutely vital. Spaying and neutering also ensures that your cat will live a longer and healthier life. Females who have not been spayed are prone to breast cancer and pyometra, a uterus infection.

5. Get everything on your supply list before you even bring your cat home.

Get everything on your supply list before you even bring your cat home.

This includes: food dish, water bowl, toys, brush, nail clipper, comb, collar, ID tag, litter box, litter, cat carrier, and a warm, cozy bed for your kitty to sleep in.

6. When cats scratch they actually shed their outer nail to reveal the fresh claw underneath, so they need to scratch to keep those paws healthy.

When cats scratch they actually shed their outer nail to reveal the fresh claw underneath, so they need to scratch to keep those paws healthy.

7. So make sure you get a scratching post that’s at least three feet high!

So make sure you get a scratching post that's at least three feet high!

The post should be made of sturdy material like burlap or tree bark. Be sure to sprinkle it with catnip “once or twice a month” to keep your bud interested in it.

8. Cut your cat’s nails every two to three weeks so they stay somewhat blunt and therefore cannot damage you or your furniture.

Cut your cat's nails every two to three weeks so they stay somewhat blunt and therefore cannot damage you or your furniture.

9.Take your time when introducing your cat to your new home.

Take your time when introducing your cat to your new home.

It can take “seven to fourteen days” for your cat to get used to a new environment. Let your kitty meet each member of the family one at a time, so she doesn’t get overwhelmed.

10.Designate a quiet, special room just for your cat.

Designate a quiet, special room just for your cat.

This should be a space that children and other pets don’t frequent often, and here your cat can scratch, relax, and have some ~me~ time.

11. If you have other pets, make sure you introduce your new kitty gradually.

If you have other pets, make sure you introduce your new kitty gradually.

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Leave her in her special room for a few days, and your other pets should always meet your cat on “her” new territory.

12. All indoor cats need a litter box.

All indoor cats need a litter box.

Keep your kitty’s litter box in a quiet, but accessible area. Try not to move it, and if you have to, do it very slowly over the course of a few days. In a multi-level home, a litter box is recommended for every floor. There are even some creative DIY solutions for hiding them in your home.

13. Remember that cats won’t use a messy litter box.

Remember that cats won't use a messy litter box.

Be sure to keep it tidy every day and fully disinfect it once a week! You can do this less frequently if you are using clumping litter. Never use ammonia, deodorant, or any kind of scent, especially lemon when you clean the litter box.

14.Establish a routine early on.

Establish a routine early on.

Give him the same brand of litter and feed at the same time each day, so there’s a reliable structure for your kitty.

15. Keep your feeding scheduling consistent every single day.

Keep your feeding scheduling consistent every single day.

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