What to know before adopting a cat: Enpa’s practical vademekam

In 2020, Enpa provided 29,630 pets for adoption, including 11,815 cats. But how to prepare for the arrival of a cat? And how to choose the right life partner? Here’s a little handbook to find out before you welcome a cat into your home

The arrival of a kitten is always an emotion: it is impossible not to melt in the face of its tenderness and fall in love with its clumsiness and empathy. But we should not only be fascinated: we should also solve practical problems here so that the cat can find everything it needs when it arrives.

1. Prepare the house: A comfortable cat litter box in a safe environment

Before a kitten arrives, prepare your home in the best way possible to welcome it. In fact, small cats will need a clean place and one for food. In addition, it will be essential to dedicate to him a place where he can feel safe and secure: a cat litter, a kennel or a cardboard box will do well, perhaps lined with a warm and soft cover. To help the kitten settle down, you may want to consider keeping him in a room for the first two days after his arrival: the kitten needs to explore a strange new place, and if the house gets bigger, he will easily feel lost.

2. Cat safety at home

In addition, do not neglect the safety of small cats in the home: the domestic environment, unknowingly, should hide a lot of damage that should be taken into account. Keep out of reach of anything that could be dangerous to your cat: pesticides, poisonous plants, sharp tools, electric wires, fireplaces with easy access. Also, do not leave the windows open to prevent the kitten from escaping and falling.

3. Necessary things to welcome the cat

You will need at least two bowls to feed her (since water should always be full), a cat litter and healthy sand, a warm blanket, a doghouse for her, a brush for her hair, a pet carrier. Veterinarian This is the bare minimum to stay before your arrival. Later, when you spend time with her cat, you will gradually discover what else she may need.

4. Cat toys: objects and scratching posts

The game is an important way for little cats to learn and presents an opportunity for you to get to know them better. Provide your cat with a scratching post to satisfy its object of play and its tendency to sharpen its nails. To this end, both toys and handmade ones already on the market are perfect, such as a silver paper ball tied to a string, a cardboard box that cats like to slide on, plastic balls, soap bubbles. Because even simple objects can become a lot of fun.

5. The right age to adopt a cat

If you decide to adopt a kitten, know that it should be at least 10-12 weeks old, even better at 15 years old. Because? Being with her mother in the first week of her life gives her the opportunity to learn “good manners.” Especially in properly socializing with others. Otherwise you may find yourself with a cat that has serious behavioral problems (such as scratching and biting). Another important reason is that kittens develop a stronger immune system for breast milk. Stopping too early can lead to future health problems.

6. Adult cats or puppies? Here’s how to choose

If you decide to adopt a kitten, know that you can never be 100% sure of its character. True, this can be bypassed-but not unless you’re a techie who knows what he’s doing. If you adopt an adult cat, on the other hand, you know what awaits you because its character is already formed. Decide based on your needs. Do you need a cool cat? Perhaps it is better to get an adult cat. Do you have the patience to educate a puppy? You can direct yourself towards a kitten.

7. How long does a cat live?

The average lifespan of a cat depends on many factors. Health status, potential pathology which is the subject, race and obviously lifestyle. A domesticated cat lives an average of 13-17 years. But there are many cases of cats that have survived more than 20 years. The world’s oldest cat has lived for more than 30 years.

8. Cats must be sterilized

Spanking helps cats stay healthy and live longer. What happens if you do not sterilize? In terms of health, it causes many diseases and problems related to the genitals. Instead at the level of coexistence? The sterilized male cat urinates around the house and marks its area. Including sofa, bed and different corners of the room. And women, on the other hand, make a general call to attract men when in the heat. Remember that can last for weeks. Seriously, cats are sterile! For her and for your mental health. You will not regret it.

List of things you can do to prepare for the arrival of cats at home

  • Remove hazardous objects, such as poisonous plants, exposed electrical wires, hand detergents.

  • Buy inspirational games in games
  • Buy a scratching post.
  • Prepare a suitable litter box and a suitable litter for the size and age of the cat. My advice is to buy a clamping litter, it will make your life a lot easier!
  • Prepare the kittens for the arrival of the cat. Explain to them that this is not a toy and that it should be used and handled kindly. At first the children will want to have fun and play with her. However, it is important to be present at least in the first period and to make sure that no one gets hurt. Not children or cats.

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