If you’re a new cat parent, Congratulations! Making the decision to care for a kitty is one of the best and most rewarding decisions ever.
Many think that owning a cat is easy. I’m here to respectfully disagree. While it’s true that cats don’t usually need as much human interaction as dogs, they still need us. And they need us a LOT.
The truth is, you will never own a cat. And you’ll figure that out soon enough. Cats own us. Once you embrace this fact you’ll have a much more harmonious living situation.
Now that this is clear, there are a few things we want to make sure you know as a newbie to felines…
There’s currently an epidemic of feline disease happening – and it’s our responsibility as cat parents (yes, even if you’re a super new newbie) to protect our kitties from being another statistic. Cancer, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, urinary disease, and more are prevalent in almost 1 out of every 2 homes with cats.
Your new cat won’t tell you that she’s suffering from pain either. Cats, unlike dogs, are masters at masking pain – so it’s important that you take healthy and proactive measures to prevent disease. This includes yearly checkups, species appropriate food, supplementation and controlling stress in your kitty’s environment.
I’m not trying to scare you or overwhelm you. I’m just being real. Too many cat parents don’t take their role as “parent” seriously… which unfortunately contributes to this epidemic.
The best thing you can do is research, listen and learn from those who’ve come before you. Don’t be overwhelmed, but be patient and persistent. 🙂
And here’s the good news. Your new cat will bring you the most joy, love and true companionship that you’ve likely ever experienced.
So, welcome. Welcome to the world of being owned by a feline. Welcome to the world of cat parenting.
And reach out to us anytime. We’re so passionate about healthy kitties – mainly because we just Love cats – but also because we’ve made mistakes over the past 22 years and learned a lot of stuff – the hard way. If we can help you avoid some of our heartbreak and contribute to your cat being happy and healthy, then it’s a great day!