Getting Ready for Your Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. It’s also Adopt A Cat Month. Basically, this is just a perfect time to bring a new kitty into your life. Fluffy’s ‘Gotcha Day’ is a big deal, and a life changing event for you both, so it’s important to be properly prepared for it. An Anderson, IN vet offers some advice on this below.


If you know what your new furball has been eating, then start with that brand. If Fluffy was a stray or a shelter cat, she probably wasn’t eating the same food consistently. In that case, just look for a high quality food that is appropriate for your feline buddy’s age. Your vet will be able to offer you more specific recommendations after meeting their new patient.


Cats are very playful, so you’ll need to get your frisky furball lots of toys. Kitties all have their own tastes here. Get Fluffy a variety of playthings, and see what she likes best.


For the most part, any litter is fine. However, if you have a kitten, avoid clay and clumping litters. Baby furballs sometimes accidentally swallow litter during the process of figuring out how to be a cat. These litters can cause serious intestinal blockages if ingested.


Offering Fluffy some comfy beds to curl up in will help her feel relaxed and at-home. You’ll also want to set out some kitty luxury items, like scratching posts and pet tents. If you want to go all -out (or perhaps all-in) get your feline friend a cat tower.


You’ll need to take a few steps to keep Fluffy safe during her daily kitty shenanigans. Toxic plants are one of the first things you’ll want to address. You can find a full list at the ASPCA site here. Other potential hazards include plastic bags and ties, wires, medicine, chemicals, and anything small or sharp.

Veterinary Care

Schedule an appointment for your feline pal right away. We recommend that all kitties be fixed, microchipped, and brought current on their vaccines and parasite control. Fluffy will also need a full nose-to-tail exam. We like to do purr checks as well, just to make sure that little motor is working properly.

Does your new kitty need to come in for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your local Anderson, IN veterinary clinic, today!  

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