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Healthy Cats are Happy Cats: 5 Quick Tips For Welcoming Your First Feline

Just adopted a new cat? PAWesome! You might be new to raising cats, or even animals in general, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Follow these basic care tips for your first cat and you’ll have a new best friend in no time!

1. Fresh Water Access

While you might think cats usually drink milk, you should always make sure your kitty’s water bowl is filled too. Monitor it frequently to keep your cat hydrated and help prevent kidney disease and urinary tract infections.

2. Litter Boxes

Don’t forget that your cat needs a place to go too! It’s a good idea to have two litter boxes per cat that you own, just so there are plenty of areas for them to use rather than all over the house. Another thing to keep in mind is strategically placing your litter boxes at locations your cat can easily access and feel comfortable using. Keeping it clean is just as important! Scoop it everyday and clean the whole box once per week.

3. Diet and Exercise

Speak with a trusted veterinarian to determine what food is best for your cat, whether that be dry food, wet food, or a combination of both. Do some research on pet food brands to pick one that suits your cat’s health needs and your budget. Just like for people, diet and exercise go hand in hand. Prioritize play time by purchasing cat toys to keep your kitty active and slim.

4. Spay or Neuter

A great way to prevent disease is by spaying or neutering your cat. Females that aren’t spayed are at risk of uterine infections and ovarian cancers, while male cats could be prone to testicular cancer and prostate problems. It’s also an effective way to reduce the homeless cat population!

5. Brushing

This one all depends on your cat’s comfort level. Regular brushing can help reduce the amount of hair shedding and hairballs, plus it keeps your cat looking well-groomed. Another added benefit is bonding time between you and your pet!

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