WHAT TO PREPARE WHEN WELCOMING A NEW CAT?
How can you help a cat quickly adjust to its new environment? Let's explore some things to prepare before welcoming a new cat home, with Hi Raw! as your guide.
A gentle transport carrier for the cat
When bringing a cat home, it's recommended to use a secure fabric carrier or bag that provides a sense of safety for the cat. During transportation, limiting the cat's view of the surrounding environment can help reduce stress when entering a new home.
A safe hiding place for the cat
Cats are sensitive to new environments and often seek shelter in places with overhead cover, such as under the bed or in small corners, while observing the new family's activities. Therefore, before bringing the cat home, prepare a safe hiding place with a covered cat bed in a quiet and discreet location where the cat can observe its surroundings while still being monitored.
A litter box for the cat
A properly sized and comfortable litter box will help the cat quickly adjust to the new home. Use about 5cm of litter in the box. Most cats prefer clumping litter, but for kittens under 10 months old, it's recommended to use non-clumping litter to prevent accidental ingestion. Additionally, for adult cats, it's essential to clean the litter box daily to prevent them from eliminating outside the designated area. However, for young kittens, leaving a small amount of urine or feces in the litter box can help them recognize the appropriate spot for elimination.
Health check-up for the cat
Within a week of adopting a new cat, it's advisable to take it to a veterinarian for a health check-up, vaccination schedule, and deworming. This not only ensures the cat's well-being but also prevents the spread of infectious diseases to other pets in the household.
Scratching post is essential for the cat
To protect your furniture, provide a scratching post for the cat. Cats will enjoy comfortably sharpening their claws on the post, giving you peace of mind that they won't be interested in scratching household items or curtains. Additionally, you can trim the cat's nails every 10-14 days. Be cautious not to cut into the quick, as it can cause bleeding.
A perfect diet for the cat
Newly arrived cats may not eat much at first, so provide food similar to what they were accustomed to in their previous location. If you want to switch to a different type of food, do it gradually over 1-2 weeks. Start with a 1:4 ratio of new food to old food and gradually increase the proportion of new food by about 10% each day.
A balanced diet is crucial for the cat's health. A combination of dry food (kibble, dried meat or fish) and wet food (pate, raw food) is recommended. Cats are carnivores, and nutritionists suggest a Raw Food diet to provide them with essential nutrients and reduce the risk of diseases, particularly kidney-related issues, which account for 25% of common cat illnesses due to inadequate hydration and excessive dry food consumption.
Additionally, pay attention to the cat's water intake. Provide water that has been boiled and cooled or use filtered water. Regularly change the water to prevent parasites and ensure your cat stays hydrated.
By preparing these essentials, you can create a welcoming and comfortable environment for your new cat and help them adjust to their new home smoothly.
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