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The Purr-fect Pets: A Quick Guide for First-time Cat Owners

Cats make purr-fect pets. However, you must know the essentials to keep them happy and healthy.

If you are now in a situation where you bought a cat, fostering or adopting one for the first time, your top consideration is how to care for the new feline member of your family.

Although cats are considered low-maintenance pets, they also require primary care.

Here is a simple guide on cat essentials that a newbie owner should know.

The Purr-fect Pets: A Quick Guide for First-time Cat Owners

Buying Cat Essentials

Making a list of the essentials for your furry friend will allow you to know what things you need and what you want to add.

If you think that you do not buy more things for your cat, you can always start with these essentials that will already make your cat a happy one:

Cute tri-colored cat eating from a bowl

Cat Food

It is easier to buy just any cat food off the rack. However, it is best to look for premium cat food with the nutritional value and balanced meals your cat needs.

Spare your cat from having an upset stomach from going brand to brand and get what is best.

Look for good and affordable ones in the market or online.

Of course, you should pick something pleasing to your pet’s taste bud.

There are cat foods with various flavors that you could choose from, like grain-free wet cat food combinations of chicken with peas, chicken with tuna and ocean fish, and more.

Ensure that you consult your veterinarian to know what food is best and how much you should feed your feline friend.

Pet House

If you want your cat to settle in your home quickly, have a pet space for him.

It doesn’t have to be fancy.

It has to be a place where he can sleep, play, and relax on his own, just like a comfort zone.

Place scent soakers in their pet house or box.

They are pet house beds in soft material used on top of a sofa or in any area your cat frequently goes to.

Litter Box

It seems natural for any cat to look for a place where they can bury their litter.

However, it is wise to have a litter box for the cat waste to avoid bombs around the house.

There are several boxes and pans that you can choose from.

First, search for litter boxes that absorb messy liquid and foul-smelling odor.

Next, choose something big; because your cat should have enough space to dig and move around.

A gray and white domestic shorthair kitten sitting next to a scratching post

Scratching Posts

Another essential item for your pet cat is a scratching post or a cat tree.

Look for sturdy ones with the right height as cats go up when scratching.

Pick ones with a texture they would love.

Place the scratching post and even pet house in areas in your house where they can enjoy a view like a window where there are birds on trees and cars passing by and with enough sunlight where your pet can spend a lot of fun scratching and watching things that are happening around them.

Cute yellow and white kitten playing with a cat toy

Interactive Cat Toys

Playing with interactive toys with your cat is a sort of bonding time for both of you.

It also helps your pet to stay active and avoid obesity.

Since cats have this innate hunting behavior, you can help them use those stored energies with some great and fun activities.

These are simple ones that you can even do yourself like a cat charmer wherein there is a piece of fabric on a wand, a fishnet with feathers, or other items that your cat will find interesting.

Just be sure to store them properly after playtime to keep your pet safe from any harm,

Grooming Needs

Cats groom themselves enough that they no longer need baths.

But if they have gotten into something sticky or have a foul odor, they may be given a short bath.

More than making your pet pretty, good grooming is vital for their overall welfare.

Start trimming your cat’s nails when they are young; it would be harder to do it when your cat is older.

Scratching with long, sharp nails will be tough for them and dangerous for you.

Pick suitable brushes like a slicker, light, or rubber one.

Brush excess fur away to prevent swallowing it, a significant health risk for them.

Always keep things slow when introducing something new, like brushing or trimming.

Yellow and white cat in a cat carrier at the vet's office

Cat Carrier

Cat carriers are handy, especially for those who travel a lot.

For example, you can place cats here when visiting a veterinarian.

Most use soft materials with mesh so the cat can have proper ventilation and see outside.

You can always start practicing your cat to use the carrier so that it would not seem like a trap house for them once you use it as both of you travel.

Make them feel secure in it by putting a blanket or their favorite treats.

Ginger cat in a woman's lap looking up at her


Taking care of a cat is a responsibility.

However, sustained cat care prevents a problematic cat in your house.

Start by having all the essentials and see a lasting relationship grow for a lifetime.

Let your cat know that they are on safe ground where they can find happiness and satisfaction.

In return, you will be able to experience the joy of a purr-y friend’s love and loyalty.

Brittany Gilley

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

thanks for this wonderful article!

Dana Matthews

Friday 28th of January 2022

I've been considering being a cat parent. This post offers me several pieces of information I can use. Thanks for sharing!

Thomas Gibson

Friday 26th of November 2021

Excellent post. Thanks for the tips.

Dorothy Boucher

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Thank you for sharing this , and my pets don't wear collars, although I should have gotten them into wearing one, because now I want to take them for a walk outside and can't. @tisonlyme143

rochelle haynes

Friday 27th of August 2021

Loving the cats they are so cute

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