Bringing A New Cat Home
When you bring your new cat home the first thing you want to do it let him run all around the house. That's wrong. What you really need to do is put him in a small room with a litter box at one end and food at the other. The cat should live here for about a week. Then when you do let him out it should be for an hour at a time. If at any time the cat should go to the bathroom on the floor, it's time to take him back into the little room and remind him where to go. Then continue to take him out into the rest of the house for short periods of time until you see him making his way to the litter box on a regular basis. The box should be scooped every day, and dumped completely once a week.
When your new cat is living in the whole house you'll want to make sure he scratching posts, toys, and plenty of places to climb up on things. The best spot to have a little shelf is in front of a window that can be opened when the weather is nice.
You'll want to be sure to play with your new cat every day. Cats need to feel special just like dogs. Exercise is great for indoor cats. Pulling long curly ribbon through the house is a fantastic game that engages all cats. When they're playing on their own sprinkle a little catnip on the carpet and watch them as the roll around with their mice. This is like giving them a "happy hour."
When you notice your cat scratching at the post or the carpet you might want to take a look at their nails. Trimming your cat's claws is something that must be done. You can take them to a groomer, or you can attempt to do it at home. If you choose to do it yourself it is best if you have someone hold him for you while you do it. Pick the cat up when he's resting so he's relaxed and stress free. Make sure you use a pair of magnifying glasses and a special pair of scissors especially for cats.
To keep your cat healthy it's important to get them regular updates on all of their shots. Also, flea medication must be given on a monthly basis all year long whether they go outside or not. This is usually something that is applied topically.
Some people like to give their cats a bath on occasion, but it is not necessary unless you've got a show cat.
Once in a while you may have a situation like a broken limb or something. In this case it is best to follow the vet's advice.
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