Aren’t cats the sweetest ones? It’s always a pleasure coming home and being welcomed by a good old rubbing against our legs, isn’t it? What about when we are waking up in the morning and they stay by our side enjoying a lazy moment? Or, when they lay down before our laptop, demanding a little bit of attention and care?
If you’re also a cat lover, are contemplating adopting a cat but don’t feel ready to take care of one yet, there’s no need to worry! We have written this post so you can prepare your home and make sure you raise a very happy cat! Check it out:
How to raise a cat?
Keep their vaccination records up to date
During a cat’s first year of life, there are many vaccines that must be given. At 6 – 8 weeks of age, all kittens should receive a vaccination that protects against feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia (FVRCP), followed by boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. Moreover, they should also receive a rabies vaccine as early as 12 weeks of age, but this depends on state laws and the veterinarian.
Ensure your pet’s safety
Although some people think it is okay to allow their cats to stay outside, this practice must be banned. Keep in mind that when your pet is in the streets he/she may be at risk. They might catch a disease, fight other animals, be in an accident or get pregnant, if she is in heat.
It is recommended that you keep all windows and doors closed to prevent them from escaping or falling down – this is critical if you live in a high floor. Furthermore, you can never be too careful when leaving home, since cats may leave the house unnoticed. Don’t fool yourself: they are very smart and can escape from unforeseeable places.
Get your cat fixed as soon as possible
The sooner your cat gets fixed, the lower are the odds that he/she will develop cancer. As a matter of fact, some veterinarians recommend this procedure to be made before the first heat, around the first six months of life.
Furthermore, neutering/spaying may bring other benefits. When cats get fixed they may become tamer and more homelike. It is also possible that the male cat won’t feel the need to mark territory by spraying or scratching furniture, for instance.
Learn the right time to wean
I bet you’re eager to bring your new kitten home, aren’t you? Regardless, it’s very important to wait long enough for the weaning process to be completed, so they will have received all nutrients necessary for them to be healthy. This may take between 7 and 8 weeks and will depend on how long it takes for the kitten’s mother to stop lactating and for the kitten to start teething.
Buy a few toys
Not only are toys essential to entertaining your cat, some chew toys can also be helpful to the teething process, for instance. A scratcher, on the other hand, will be very helpful to prevent them from wrecking your furniture.
We hope that now you’ll have fewer questions about how to raise a cat and will feel ready to give all love, caring and support your pet needs! Would you like more tips on how to raise a cat? Like our Facebook page to stay up to date with all news and tips we share!