8 Things First Time Cat Owners Should Know

Cats have quite the reputation on the internet—they’re known for being especially quirky, cuddly, and sometimes even a little crazy! Befriending a cat is one of the most rewarding bonds a person can form. Cats are full of personality, and have a special place in our hearts. If it’s your first time adopting or owning a cat, here are some things to expect:

  1. Cats can be lazy. Cats know that Saturday mornings are best spent on the couch or lounging in the sun! They spend most of their day sleeping, and most won’t turn down the opportunity to nap on a warm lap, purring to their heart’s content.
  2. They are relatively low maintenance. Unlike dogs or other pets, cats are considered to be fairly low maintenance. They don’t need constant attention or stimulation, and they will be fine if left alone for a few hours by themselves. That being said, cats make wonderful companions who value the company of a loving human.
  3. Invest in a scratching post. Cats have an instinctual desire to scratch. You can prevent damage to your home furnishings by providing your kitty with a scratch post, emery board, or cardboard scratch board. Encourage your cat to use these by sprinkling a bit of cat nip on them—he won’t be able to resist!
  4. Cats like their alone time. Like people, most cats are perfectly content relaxing on the couch after a long day. Cats are notorious for choosing when they receive affection; it’s not that they don’t like your company, they simply are independent by nature. It’s important to respect their space when they need it, and the time you do spend together will be that much more valuable.
  5. Cats require minimal physical exercise. That’s not to say they don’t like to play—cats are especially good hunters and love a new challenge or a spontaneous run around the house! It’s not uncommon for cats to have bursts of energy and then nap for a few hours at a time. Physical exercise is especially important during the kitten stage, and playtime is a crucial part of their early social and cognitive development.
  6. Cats can be slower to form bonds and build trust, but once earned, their love lasts for a lifetime. Cats may not immediately open up to a stranger, excitable child, or other pets—but once they’ve spent more time around them, cats can become loyal, devoted companions.
  7. Stay on top of the litter box. Cleaning isn’t anybody’s favorite chore, but for cat owners, it’s one of the most important things they can do. Cats are happiest and healthiest in a clean environment, so it’s important to keep up with cleaning out the litter box to avoid any accidents or health issues.
  8. “Curiosity killed the cat” isn’t just an old saying! Cats are curious by nature, and love exploring new things. Many cats love to jump up high and hunt through food and other things, making countertops and tables prime spaces for exploration. Keep any sharp, dangerous or valuable items (or poisonous foods) out of reach or stored away to keep your things and your cat safe.

Owning a cat is a wonderfully rewarding experience, and with these tips, you and your feline friend will enjoy many happy years together! Start browsing cats for adoption now by visiting https://getyourpet.com/search#/