Things to consider if you are a First Time Cat Parent!

Things to consider if you are a First Time Cat Parent!

As newbies, a lot of pet parents have different questions about their pet’s health and care. As first time pet parents, it is imperative to research and think before getting a feline home, for example the age of the cat, its litter, health condition, breed, nature etc. So, to make it a little easy, we have answered a few important questions to reduce the burden, by providing detailed information about how you can take care of your feline.

1. What should I feed my Cat?

What to feed, how much to feed and when to feed are the major concerns of first time cat parents. For starters, it is necessary to pick a food brand and feed your kitten/cat in appropriate quantities mentioned on the back of the label of the food packet. The quantities and number of times the cat should be fed depends on the age, health and weight of your pet. It is advised to consult your vet regarding the food brand.

2. What about the litter boxes and food dishes?

Keep the basic provisions ready. Like, keep a litter box for your Cat. Cats are very fastidious in nature, once they see a litter box it does not take them time to get comfortable in it. Keep in mind to provide a litter box that helps the cat move easily in and out of it. For hygiene, clean the litter frequently.

Keep the food and water dishes/bowls different and away from the litter box to avoid contamination. Keep food in the bowl only for 15-20 minutes and not more, as it might get spoilt.

3. What about vaccination?

A series of vaccines scheduled for kittens and annual boosters for cats can protect them from deadly infectious diseases.  The series of vaccines are as follows:

1st Vaccination: 6-8 weeks- FVRCP (Feline panleukopenia, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus)

2nd Vaccination: 16 weeks- FVRCP Booster dose (Feline panleukopenia, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus)

Anti-Rabies Vaccination: 8-12 weeks

After the above initial vaccines, your cat should be taken to a vet to be vaccinated annually.

If you see any signs of discomfort, change in behaviour, eating pattern, restlessness etc. it is advised to rush to a vet or consult him/her to avoid its severity.