New Cat?

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Kari Oakley

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Any cat lover knows that all cats are curious creatures that are fun to have around the house. They also know that all cats are unique and while some cats may enjoy some things other cats may be found walking away or upset by those things.

Since each cat is a unique creature it is super important that you are able to keep each
individual cat happy. This can be helpful if you have multiple cats or are getting a cat for the first time. Be patient with yourself and your cat as you both adjust to new living situations when they first arrive at your house. Here are 5 things you can do if you are getting a cat for the first time or you are getting a new cat:

Attention is Key

Cats are more independent than dogs overall but they still want love and attention. Forgetting about or neglecting your cat is not a good thing and should not happen. All cats want to fed and given some kind of attention whether it is being petted, played with or cuddled. Not all cats like or even enjoy being cuddled. This can be a little disappointing if you want a nice lap warmer or foot warmer but your cat will want to be shown affection in other ways. You can pet them or tickle them under their chin.

Give Your Cat Outside Time

Cats can be indoor or outdoor creatures. Animal lovers all have strong opinions on what is
better for cats. Either way your cat should be getting some sort of outdoor time. This could be simply going into the backyard in the evening and enjoying the outdoors.

If you are feeling really adventurous you can try taking your cat on a walk or give it a longer amount of time outside. If you are worried about your cat or if they have never been outside it may not be a good idea to take them outside.

Find Out What They Want

Cats do not speak any human language. This makes it a little hard to understand exactly what your cat wants and when. Your cat may meow but it may just sound like meowing when you first get them. Overtime you may find that they have different meows for when they want petted or when they are in pain.

There are also social cues and body language that your cat will show you. With time you will be able to tell when your cat doesn’t want to be touched and when they do. You may get scratched several times but once you find out what they want your life can get easier.

Make Adjustments

Life is always changing and your cat will experience changes as well. If you are going on vacation and your cat has not traveled before you may want to check out Dr. Marty and his work on helping animals stay calm and relaxed.

Talking to your cat in a soothing manner can also be helpful. As their owner, they probably trust you, especially when it comes to the unknown or going to the vet. If they know that you support them and care about them it could take the edge off if you move or go to an unfamiliar location.

Enjoy Your Time with Your Cat

You probably put a lot of time and effort into keeping your cat happy. This allows you to take a step back and enjoy time with your cat. When your cat purrs, if your cat lets you touch their feet or if your cat lets you hold them a little longer than usual consider these small things a victory. Cats can be quite hilarious and are really fun to watch as they play with catnip or a new toy. Cats are entertaining creatures that can bring you so much joy in your life. What are some quirky things your cat enjoys?

Kari Oakley gained a love for fitness and animals as a young girl in Wisconsin. She spent each summer on some type of adventure, either a day at the lake with her family or just hiking with her friends. She took her love for fitness with her through college to get her degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). She has been working as a personal trainer/life coach in the Chicago area for the past 3 years. She has recently decided to share her passions with lower income schools in Chicago to help children develop a knowledge and love for fitness. When Kari started working with the kids in Chicago, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. She has been freelance writing alongside ever since.