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Things All Cat Owners Should Know

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Things All Cat Owners Should Know

A new kitten or a cat can be a great addition to the family. Cats are affectionate, and they love to snuggle. Best of all, they are very independent. You won't need to worry about taking your cat for walks or outside to go to the bathroom. They also do a great job grooming themselves. If you have never had a cat before, our staff at Carol Stream Animal Hospital has created a list of a few things you should know. We treat patients in Carol Stream, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Lombard, so no matter where you are, we are prepared to help!

The Litter Box 

Cats are known to be clean freaks. If your cat's litter box is full of waste or excrement, they might not want to use it. It is a good idea to scoop the cat box every day. If you have more than one cat, you should check the litter box twice a day. If you have a large home or if your cat is going to be on multiple floors during the day, you might want to put a second litter box in the house so that your cat can get to it easily. If you have multiple cats, you will want to have more than one litter box.

All Cats Need To Scratch

Cats have an instinctive need to scratch. If you don't want your new cat scratching up your furniture or your door frames, you should give them something else to scratch. You can find a scratching post in any pet store or department store. Bringing one home will save your home, your furniture, and your sanity. Your veterinarian will be able to help you decide what should be done to avoid unwanted scratching.

Cats Love To Play

If your cat is going to be happy, they will need to play with you and on their own. You can find cat toys that are designed for two and for one to use on their own in any pet store. You don't need to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on the toys. There are affordable toys that your cat will love. Giving your cat something to keep them busy will keep him busy and out of trouble.

Start Thinking About Spaying and Neutering

When you bring your new cat home, you should start thinking about spaying and neutering early. Not only will these procedures prevent fatal diseases in your cat, but it will also help with behavioral issues such as aggression, yowling, trying to escape, and spraying.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

When your new cat comes home, you should make an appointment with Carol Stream Animal Hospital right away. We treat patients in Carol Stream, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Lombard. Your new cat will need to come to our animal hospital for a full exam and vaccines. When you visit our veterinary clinic, it will be a good time to discuss spaying and neutering with our veterinarian. Call 630-462-7888 today!