Things to know before adopting a cat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@soontobemrsm11:  I would make sure to introduce kitty and puppy before taking the kitty home. most kittens have zero fear but you’d be surprised by the dogs that are scared of them!!  An older cat – make sure they have experience living with dogs previously. A loner cat won’t somehow learn to be social with a dog! 

Otherwise– they scratch (get a big post!), they cry when they want food, they will jump on your counters. Especially if you get a kitten, they will stick to you like glue. But kittens are amazing, they love you and even though they look at you as their servants, they will never forget the home you gave them! 

 

I also suggest the pine litter– the wood pellets. Less mess, less to cart around, and it lasts longer than clay for the price. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@soontobemrsm11:  I’ve never had a dog myself, only visited dogs that other family members have. But cats I’ve had most of my life. My tips? Try a shelter first. They have staff there that might have insight to the cat’s personality. If you want a cuddly one, or one that just is content to be around people, they’ll know. They’ll also know which ones might do better with dogs. The other thing I’d suggest is an older cat. They aren’t as active as kittens and for a first time cat owners a calmer cat might be the way to go. I know they aren’t cute kittens but they will love you just as much. Cats aren’t as dependant as dogs, dogs are more like babies and cats more like teenagers without the angst and moodiness 🙂 They are really curious, they will explore everything and have their little faces in everything.  Cats will love you but they might leave you alone most of the time. I have 2 currently, one that loves cuddling and attention and one that is just happy to be in the same room with me. They are like brothers though; they play, fight and cuddle together but they are very different.

Be sure to get clumping litter, that stuff is a miracle. I scoop every night to get rid of all the clumps. Any pet store will have the litter box and scoop. Personally, I don’t use liners but that’s because I use the clumping litter. Try to get non dusty litter if you can.

And scratching posts. You will need one of those along with some claw trimmers. I trim their front paws about once a week. They still scratch things but for the most part it doesn’t hurt anything.

When you’re introducing your cat to your pup, make sure you’re there. I’ve never done this bit (when I brought the second home I lived in a small 1 bedroom apartment, I just made sure I was there to keep an eye on them for the first while. Yay weekends!)  But they say it’s the way to go. Keep the new cat in one room to let them get used to the new space. Slowly introduce your new cat to the place and slowly introduce the cat to your pup. I’m not sure how the pup is with other animals but with 2 critters it’s just best to be careful. Ask at the shelter, they might have ideas on how best to introduce the two.

Other than that, just food, treats and lots of love. I wish you all the best with your new critter! If you have any other questions, PM me. I’m happy to help!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@soontobemrsm11:  Fresh step is clay. You can try them out, though if you transition you might want to gradually change it– some cats are really particular about texture! I woudl ask– assuming you’re adopting– what the shelter uses.  Our shelter used the pine pellets (the kind you buy for a pellet stove!) but I bought “feline Pine” because as a kitten I didn’t want my little guy to have any more trauma of “new things” than normal and ended up sticking with it. It’s less than $10 for 20 pounds and that lasts me months. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do you have space so you can separate them for potentially weeks while they get used to each other?  I have also found that every dog that came to our house thought the cat box was the best place to get a treat.  They would make a bee line for it hoping to eat some cat poo in case we hadn’t gotten the door closed before they came over.  So I would keep the litter box somewhere the dog can’t have easy access to it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@soontobemrsm11:  Generally it will say somewhere on the box, sometimes dust free, sometimes low dust. It varies. What pet store do you normally go to? I’m in Canada so I use PetSmart’s brand. I quite like it, it isn’t as dusty as others but the FI complains about it. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dogs hate the cat, and the cat hates them back. I’d just have a backup plan in case they don’t end up as buddies.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Your cat eventually WILL run the house, WILL be the boss, and WILL take over Half your bed!

You will love having a cat!   They are great.   All those things are totally worth it.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is going to sound SO stupid, but trust me… If after you get the cat, it eats a hair tie, make sure to take them out of your hair in one spot, and lock them up.. DH and I learned the hard way :(.. Our kitty had major surgery to remove 13 hairties from his belly… We are STILL trying to figure out where he got them..

Litter: We use cat attract, because our non-hair tie eating cat, won’t poop in the box unless it’s teh Dr.Elsy’s cat attractn litter, it works WONDERS! Instantly stopped him pooping on the floor!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@soontobemrsm11:  Yeah it’s gross, and the dogs that love to eat cat poop also love to try and lick you face after!  Be careful if the cat is going to pop the dog, they usually go for the nose but can go for the eyes.  Lots of dogs come in with eye injuries after a new cat was brought into the house, or a new dog was brought into a cat house and the dog gets a claw to the eye!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@soontobemrsm11:  All you need to know is… cats are the BEST!! We always adopt from the shelter and have never had any major problems. Well… I suppose there are some other things to keep in mind:

  • when you first bring the cat home they will hide. You will be CONVINCED they escaped or are dead. They are just hiding. they need time to adjust
  • males mark )aka pee on your stuff) more than females
  • cats pee on your bed sometimes to try to “control” you
  • I get the cheapest cat litter I can find and it’s been fine. seriously.
  • if you travel away, they also will hide. tell the person watchng them this is normal
  • don’t ever, EVER try to clip their nails. it’s just impossible lol
  • NEVER declaw your cat. It is horribly inhumane and unnecessary. Some vets won’t even do it anymore. Mine won’t

Sincerely,

Liza and Nelli

 

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