Getting Started on the Right Paw
first few days home with your new companion are
the most critical in forming your relationship.
During this period, you need to establish a routine
so your cat feels comfortable in his/her new surroundings.
This also allows you the opportunity to evaluate
the habits and health of your new companion.
Cats' nutritional needs
differ from those of other animals. They need a
higher level and better quality of fat and protein.
Your cat food should contain all 11 essential amino
acids, including Taurine. Commercial cat foods usually
contain a mixture of these components and are the
best assurance that your cat is meeting their dietary
needs. Since palatability and odor directly affect
food intake in cats, be sure you select a veterinarian
recommended brand that your cat will eat! As with
other animals, age and health affect the amount
of food your cat requires; follow your veterinarian's
recommendations when establishing your cat's diet.
Cats should have fresh, clean water available at
all times. There is no nutritional reason to give
your cat milk and since it frequently causes diarrhea
in cats, it is not recommended.
Your cat is in a new
environment and this is a perfect time for you to
gently acclimate your new feline friend to your
home and establish his/her boundaries. Housetraining
should begin the moment your new cat arrives home.
You should have one litter box for every cat in
the household plus one additional box. Place the
litter boxes in quiet, private places that are easily
accessible to the cat and where he/shewill not be
disturbed by children or ambushed by other animals.
Noisy areas near washing machines, furnaces or under
stairs may frighten the cat away from the box. There
are a variety of cat litters on the market to choose
from. An unscented clumping litter with a nice sandy
texture appeals to most cats. Stay away from fragrances
and chemical scents that can be very offensive to
a cat's strong sense of smell.
Humane Society makes every effort to place animals
in responsible, caring homes for the rest of their
lives. We stand ready to assist you in your transition
and are ready to answer any of your questions. If
you are in need of assistance, call an Adoption
Counselor at (414) 264-6257.