June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! Of course, any month is a good—no, purrfect—time to bring a new feline buddy into your home. Getting adopted is a pretty big deal for Fluffy, so you’ll want to take a few steps to make sure that her Gotcha Day goes well. A local Hendersonville, NC vet offers some advice on bringing your furry friend home in this article.
A trip to the pet store is in order. Your shopping list should include dishes, toys, a carrier, bedding, and a scratching post or board. Fluffy will also need a litterbox and litter, though you’ll need to consider her age when purchasing them. Kittens shouldn’t be offered clay or clumping litter, as there is a risk of accidental ingestion, which can be extremely dangerous. Seniors, on the other paw, usually prefer something with low sides. Your feline pal will also appreciate some purrniture, such as a cat tower.
Fluffy didn’t earn her reputation for mischief for nothing. While some cats will ignore things like plants and rubber bands, others tend to go right for the things that are least safe for them to play with. Make sure your home is safe for your pint-sized panther! You’ll want to address things like wires and cords, plastic bags and wrappers, chemicals, and medications. Toxic plants are another concern. (Tip: check the ASPCA website here for a full list.) You’ll also want to secure wires and cords, such as drape cords. Kitties love playing with these, but can easily get tangled up. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Another thing on your agenda should be contacting your vet to schedule a meet and greet. Fluffy will need a nose-to-tail examination. Microchipping is also in order. You’ll also need to make sure your feline friend is current on her vaccinations and parasite control. This is a great time to ask for care tips!
It’s going to take Fluffy some time to really take control of her new kingdom. You may want to put your furry pal in a quiet, comfy area at first. Give her all the kitty necessities you purchased at the store, and let her relax. You’ll have that motor going in no time!
Do you have questions about caring for your kitty? Contact us, your local Hendersonville, NC pet hospital, today!