This is an exciting time. You’re about to bring home your very first cat. To get started on the right foot, here’s a list of seven things you should do BEFORE you even bring the cat into the house. You are about to enter into a relationship that will hopefully last for many, many years and this new feline family member needs you to be prepared for his physical, mental and emotional needs.
1. Be Sure Everyone in the Family is Ready for the Responsibility of a Cat
Everyone in the family needs to be on the same page in terms of actually even wanting a cat. If responsibilities and specific cat-related duties are going to be assigned to certain family members, make sure they are in agreement and will comply. Don’t give a young child the duty of feeding the cat, for example. Make sure assigned duties are age-appropriate.
2. Make a Good Cat Match
Don’t be impulsive when it comes to choosing the cat because you may get in over your head. If you want to adopt a fearful cat who will require lots of TLC due to his history but you have family members at home who want the perfect lap cat, it will disappoint everyone and make things harder for the cat. Sit down with your family and make sure you are all in agreement on what to expect.