So You’ve Adopted A Cat, But Is Your Home Prepared For Your Furry New Friend?
One of the wonders of modern distribution technology is that it allows for solutions to be delivered to your door in a matter of days. RescueBox delivers a variety of healthy treats, challenging chews, engaging toys, and much more on a monthly basis. And every box purchased donates crucial food and vaccines to shelter pets in need.
The first RescueBox arrives 5-7 days after you place your order, and on the 17th of the month, every month, after that. They’re suitable for all sizes of frisky feline too. So you’re covered whether you’re bringing home a kitten or a full-grown cat.
A good scratch is often the easiest way to tell your pet, “I love you.” But the message is lost in translation when it’s the other way around. A place for your cat to work out her scratches is essential in any feline-friendly home and could save your furniture from being unnecessarily crosshatched.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, cats may scratch to clean and sharpen their claws, to mark their territory, or just to stretch out.
The AlphaPurr Purrvillion Scratch Chalet is built to withstand those kitty claws and draw the scratches that would otherwise adorn your sofa.
Cats love to play almost as much as they love to nap. When you’re bringing a new cat into your home, you’ll want to have plenty of distractions for her to spend time with. A cooped-up cat with nothing to do will inevitably get into trouble, so keep a few toys around, and you could find both of your lives improving.
“Cats know that lifeless fluff won’t put up a fight, and they do often seek out people to help them in their games,” writes Amy Shoji, CABC for the Spruce. “Kitty play mimics hunting behaviors. The feline stalk-and-pounce is triggered ultimately by motion.”
A good cat deserves a reward, and what sounds more rewarding than liver snaps? There are many flavors of cat treats on the market, but you’ll want to check with your cat for an expert opinion.
When looking for the right treat, keep in mind that you want it to be a reward. A treat that’s different in texture and taste from a cat’s regular food stands out as a special indulgence. As long as you use them sparingly and to reward good behavior, Dr. Jennifer Coates tells PetMD, treats don’t necessarily have to be incredibly nutritious.
“Treats should be delicious (from the cat’s point of view) and do not have to provide optimal nutrition,” Coates says.
No cat home is complete without a good tunnel. A feline fortress of solitude. A place to go for purrsonal reflection.
The KONG Cat Active Tunnel provides privacy and convenient holes for peeping-prone pussycats. There’s no doubt your new furry friend will enjoy hours in this tunnel.
You may be able to get by without one or two items on this list, but the most essential ingredient in any compassionate cat home is love. Treat your new pet with care and respect, and you’ll find your lives will both be enriched by the experience.
Remember to adopt, not shop. Shelters across the country are full of cute cats, each deserving to go to a caring forever home. Click the button below to read more about how one organization is helping cats enjoy their time at shelters by helping them stretch out a little more.