Is owning a cat hard? New pet parents to a kitten or a cat have nothing to be afraid of, because all you need to know about owning a cat is right here.

Having a cat or kitten is very different from having a dog; there are many differences in terms of needs between the two, and it’s important to know what they are and how you can properly support them.  

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Basics of owning a cat

Food

First thing’s first for a beginner’s guide to owning a cat – cat food supplies! You have two options: dry and wet food for cats. Pet parents usually use a combination or alternate dry and wet food. Note: the food you choose should meet the nutritional needs of your furbaby according to his or her age.

Cats are also allergic to certain human foods. Know what these are and make sure they are out of sight to prevent your furbaby from falling ill.

It’s always best to choose human grade, all-natural and organic food to ensure a healthy and happy furbaby.

 

Bed

One of the benefits of owning a cat is that cats also love their personal space. So, if you don’t want your pet to be all over you all the time, then a cat is perfect for you!

It’s important that you provide your furbaby his or her own space. Choose a cozy spot, preferably, your furbaby’s spot, in your home to place his bed. Don’t know how to choose a bed? Pick one that is comfortable and provides the right amount of insulation for when your furbaby wants to curl up.

Pet parents to young kittens don’t usually have to worry about this just yet, but just in case –  for furbabies with health issues, choosing a pet bed that supports his or her needs can definitely ease any pain or discomfort. 

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Natural Balance Platefulls

Scratching post

Cats love to scratch and claw random things in your home, and maybe you too! But don’t think he or she does it just because he wants to – he needs to!

Cats are natural born hunters who use their claws to hunt, kill and eat their prey. So, it’s no wonder their claws instinctively come out when they sense danger! You’ll also notice your cat rubbing his paws on random things and on random spots to leave a visual mark, as well as a scent from his scent glands on his paws. It’s a special mark they leave to know that they’ve been there or to let other animals know that it’s their territory.

A piece of advice on owning a cat - don’t let this scare you!  There are things you can do to control and manage your cat’s urge to scratch your furniture, clothes and curtains among many other things. It’s simple – a scratching post!

A scratching post shifts the focus from furniture and fabric to a single post where he can sharpen his claws, remove the dead outer layer of his claws and to stretch his or her body. The best part – it’s designed to endure the scratches of your pet and satisfy his or her need to use those claws!

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Petstages Mix and Scratch Ball Chaser

Cat tray and litter

Again, is owning a cat hard? Like anything else you encounter, there are certain chores that are deemed as difficult, and in this case, it’s peeing and pooping.

Unlike dogs, you don’t really take your cat for a walk to do his or her business. Instead, you buy a sturdy and durable cat tray and top it with good quality cat litter. Place this in an area of your home that’s a bit hidden (because cats are also very secretive and don’t like you minding their business). So, don’t let him or her catch you staring! Plus, the pee or poop will probably wreak at some point!

Choose cat litter suits yours and your furbaby’s needs. For example, some types of litter end up smelling really bad if left for too long. Go for cat litter that doesn’t smell so bad right away.

Next step, you’re probably wondering, “how often should i change my cat’s litter?”. Ideally, you should change the litter every time after he does his business or when the tray is almost full to avoid foul odors. Cats are very particular about the cleanliness of their tray, and if they think it’s too dirty, they will find somewhere else to go. You don’t want to find poop in a random corner of your house, so make sure it’s always clean.

 

Cat grooming supplies

Cats are neat freaks! If you look at your furbaby’s tongue closely, you’ll see little spikes, which are used to groom fur – to brush and remove knots. And that’s why – hairballs are often associated to cats!

Advice on owning a cat: even though cats can keep themselves clean, pet parents still need to groom their furbaby! This means bathing them with proper cat grooming supplies, such as: shampoo, conditioner, body wash and top it off by using a good quality hair brush to remove those nasty knots. Proper grooming ensures two things: 1) good skin and coat health and 2) prevent digestive issues caused by hair balls.

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JW Pet Cat Brush

Toys

The best part of owning a cat is that they can be both playful and serious too! There are activity toys for cats that relate to his or her interest– hunting! You’ll find that your furbaby loves to hide in enclosed areas such as boxes and corners of your home, and will sudden leap out. Look out for feather toys for cats or any teaser wand, which you can run with and dangle in front of your furbaby for him or her to catch and pounce on.

Cats also love to chew on wires, shoelaces and other similar objects. Get safe chew toys for cats especially for your furbaby. This will save you from the frustration of destroyed personal belongings.

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Spot Cat Teaser Wands

Hide cords

Training you kitten on the onset can do wonders for your home! Learn to hide cords and cables from your furbaby’s sight, or else, you’ll find these chewed up one of these days.

 

Conclusion 

And there you have it – the basics of owning a cat! Cat food supplies, cat grooming supplies or activity toys for cats are all there to support your furbaby’s needs – physically, emotionally and mentally; but of course, he or still will need your love and support every step of the way. You’ll find that the best part of owning a cat will be the special bond that only the two of you share.