No one likes cleaning, but it’s an important part of owning a cat.
From toys to litter boxes, hairballs to claw marks.
There are all sorts of things that need to be cleaned on the regular if you want your home to stay healthy and comfortable for both you and your cat.
Luckily, there are plenty of tricks you can use to keep your house clean and tidy even when you have a furry friend in the house.
Here are 10 tips to prepare your home for the arrival of your new cat!
1) Find Out Where Your Cat Sleeps
First, it’s important to find out where your cat sleeps in her current home and bring that bed or blanket with you when you move.
This way she won’t be suddenly uncomfortable by sleeping on a different surface.
If she likes a scratch post or board, pick one up from her current home and take it with you too.
You can also buy them for your new place at any pet store, such as PetSmart.
Don’t Forget Their Food.
Another important thing to remember is to pack their food if they have a specific brand they like.
Bring their water bowl and all their favorite toys so they feel comfortable.
There are plenty of bowls available at local pet stores that match specific types of food.
So you don’t have to worry about switching foods if you don’t want to!
2) Reinforce Scratching Posts
Cats are going to scratch when they feel like it, and a good scratching post should do just fine.
If you’re moving into a new home with your cat and don’t have any scratches lying around.
Get your hands on a few before your little ripper arrives—and make sure that you install them where she can get to them as soon as possible.
Be prepared for some meowing at first.
While cats may not be thrilled about having their old furniture replaced.
They will come around once they realize how much fun it is to shred these new posts.
3) Give Them Their Own Place To Eat
Cats need a place they can eat, sleep and go to the bathroom in.
Give them their own designated space in your home where they can eat, lounge, and take care of business without disrupting you or your dog.
Having a place all their own will encourage them to spend more time at home and less time lurking around your house.
It will also reduce any smell left behind from cat litter. Once your cat is eating comfortably on his own.
He’ll be more likely to make that spot his regular hangout spot instead of hiding out elsewhere in your home.
If you have multiple cats sharing one space.
It’s even more important for each feline to have his or her own food bowl and litter box.
4) Introduce Them Slowly To Other Pets
If you’re bringing home a new cat, it’s important that your other pets know it.
Introduce them slowly so they can get used to each other, but also so that they can get used to one another’s smells.
If you’re planning on introducing a new cat into an existing cat household.
Remove all food bowls and bedding for a day or two before adding a new family member.
This will give everyone time to adjust.
Once introduced, allow both cats to explore and check out each other without any direct interaction.
Once both cats appear comfortable with their new surroundings, place them in a room together with some toys and treats.
But still, be sure to supervise closely.
It may take days or weeks for your cats to fully accept one another as part of their pack.
5) Remove Dangerous Items From Around the House
Before bringing a new pet into your home, it’s important to remove any items that could be harmful to cats or dogs.
These include toxic plants (particularly aloe), medications, cleaning chemicals, and household cleaners.
Anything else that you wouldn’t feel comfortable having a dog chew on.
Keeping these potentially dangerous items out of sight will help keep your pets safe.
While also giving them a clear idea of what they can and cannot chew on in your home.
It may seem like common sense, but even some seemingly harmless items can be dangerous if ingested by animals.
6) Train Them Early On To Use Litter Boxes
Once they’re home, make sure your cats learn how to use a litter box.
It takes some time, but it’s not that hard with consistency.
Place their litter box next to where they eat and play (you can buy cat litter boxes designed for these places).
When you first bring them home, place them in it for about 10 minutes at a time so they get used to it.
Don’t give up!
They will eventually use it.
7) Take Them Outside Regularly
If you adopt a kitten, they will probably be used to outdoor life.
Make sure you take them outside regularly so they get used to being around people and other animals.
A new environment can be very scary for them and taking them out will help put them at ease.
When your cat goes outside, you should always try and keep it on a leash in case something happens.
Like if they run away or attack another animal or person.
8) Create Cat Safe Zones In The House
When looking for new homes, cats look for elevated areas with clean lines and plenty of hiding places.
They have a tendency to lurk out of sight, so it’s important to provide them with safe zones within your home.
Cats are much happier when they can have some territory that is theirs alone.
So designate an area for them where they can play and rest in peace.
9) Have A Fenced Yard
In general, outdoor cats are healthier and have fewer behavioral problems than indoor-only cats.
One key reason for that is exercise.
With a fenced yard, your cat can get some or all of his daily exercise requirements outdoors.
You should also provide opportunities for play and interaction with you or other family members by incorporating toys into your kitty’s routine.
A laser pointer is a great way to help stimulate your cat’s natural hunting instincts.
It will also give him something to do when you aren’t around.
Many cats will even sleep with their favorite toy if it has an enticing enough scent on it!
10) Identify Whether They’re An Inside or Outside Kitty
It’s important that you understand if your new cat will be an inside or outside kitty.
A cat who spends time outdoors can spread diseases and parasites.
One good way to make sure he won’t get any diseases from outside is by making sure he has his own safe haven that’s away from everything else.
At night, it’s ideal for him to sleep in his own bed.
But during the day he can go in and out when he pleases.
However, a cat who stays indoors is much less likely to contract diseases and parasites.
Keep Them Separated.
If you have other pets at home, especially dogs, then it’s best to keep them separated until they’ve become accustomed to each other.
Dogs may see cats as prey animals and attack them without warning.
Keeping them separate allows both animals time to adjust so they can build trust with one another before being together all of the time.
Check out this article which dog breeds that get along with cats the best.