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Tips for First-Time Cat Owners

Are you getting your first cat? Congratulations! Our feline friends have many qualities that make them wonderful pets. In fact, Fluffy will probably have you wrapped around her cute little paws in no time! Below, a Scottsdale, AZ vet offers advice for first-time cat owners.

Basics

First things first: Fluffy will need good food; a clean litterbox; plenty of fresh water; and regular veterinary care. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Toys

Offer Fluffy lots of fun toys to play with. Don’t be surprised if she ignores her expensive toys, and decides to play with the plastic ring from a milk gallon. Cats like to keep us guessing.

Everything Is A Cat Bed

Kitties spend the majority of their time sleeping. Get your drowsy furball plenty of comfy beds. However, even if your kitty likes her bed, she’ll still sleep on your couch, chair, carpet, and possibly your lap.

Kittyproofing

Cats naturally gravitate to mischief, and will instinctively want to play with dangerous items, such as wires and cords, small or sharp objects, and plastic bags. Ask your vet for kittyproofing advice.

Nail-Care

Cats have a deep-seated need to scratch. Work with your furball, rather than against her: offer Fluffy a good scratching post or cat tower.

Breakfast

Cats often serve as furry alarm clocks. One of the first rules cat owners learn is that being late with Her Furry Majesty’s breakfast is unacceptable. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Cuddle Time

Fluffy will decide when it’s time to snuggle. This will usually be when you’re in the middle of doing something.

Cat Supervision

Cats like to keep a close eye on their humans. Fluffy may follow you around like a furry little shadow. This is normal.

Fluffy’s Fashion Sense

Fluffy will shed on your furniture and clothes to let the world know that you are her human. Brush your furry little diva daily to reduce the amount of hair you find on your things.

Furniture

Cat furniture will also please your feline overlord. Make sure your kitty has a pet tent or tower.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy will try to convince you that taking her to the vet is unnecessary. Don’t fall for it: proper veterinary care is very important! Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Do you have questions or concerns about cat care? Call us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, anytime!

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