Tips for New Cat Owners

There are certain things that veteran cat owners know to be true. Like the fact that even though cats might like milk, many are actually lactose intolerant or how owners may never own another Christmas tree because of their cat or how they’ve gotten the reputation for being curious when cats are actually just scoping out their territory.

But as a new cat lover, you might be attracted to the independent and quiet nature of your feline friend. And there are many reasons to love your cat. After all, you wouldn’t have adopted her if there weren’t.

While each pet may be different, it’s a good idea to know exactly what to expect before making the long term commitment of owning a cat.

Below The Barking Lot offers some tips to help you make the best decision when it’s adoption that you may be considering.

Find the Least Allergenic Breed

Lots of people are allergic to pets.  In these instances, it might be best not to own a cat at all, but there are breeds that might be safer than others for people with allergies.

According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, choosing a cat that produces smaller amounts of the FEL D1 protein like a Balinese, Oriental Shorthair or Javanese cat is your best bet.

No kitty is completely hypoallergenic, so it will take a good bit of research to find out if the pet you’re about to adopt is the best fit for you.

Invest in a Cat Carrier

Some of the best advice we can offer is to get your cat used to her carrier before your first trip to the vet.

Unlike dogs, cats aren’t made to travel.  They can be even less enthusiastic about getting in a carrier if they know they’re going to the vet. Avoid the hassle of trying to coerce your feline friend into her crate by making it part of her normal routine.

Find the Right Litter Box

Experts say finding the right size box for your cat is essential to good upkeep. Kitten-sized boxes are ideal for smaller cats. Senior felines require something that makes it easy for them to get in and out of, while adults cats need the largest box you can find to accommodate them. You can find litter boxes anywhere there are cat supplies for sale.

Get a Drinking Fountain for Your Cat

Some pet owners prefer a dripping faucet to quench the thirst of their furry four-legged friend. But because cats are prone to dehydration, it’s a good idea to purchase a pet drinking fountain to help your kitty take in more H2O and prevent any unnecessary health problems.

If you’ve been looking for where can buy cat food near Deerfield, your search is over. The Barking Lot offers many popular brands for your cat.

Stop by and check out our selection!

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