Originally Posted by photographerboy
(P.s. i fixed the link in the previous post) Well we started cat proofing the houses. so far we have
1. Hidden any chewable wires
2.moved around some chairs so he cat use them as launch pads
3. and put all the trash cans in cabenits
is there any thing else we should do?
I think you're off to a great start, because you're trying to make sure your kitty's new home is safe. Let's see...
1. Make sure trash like dental floss, ribbons, anything long and stringy goes into the trash cans you've already safely put away. Stringy things are fascinating for cats, and sometimes they'll eat them - and that can be very dangerous.
2. I had to practice putting down the toilet lids all the time before I got Dharma, so it became a habit for me - cats, and kittens, are very curious and might fall in - if they're very little, they might not be able to get out and might drown.
3. Always make sure there are no cats in the washer or dryer - again, cats get fascinated by small enclosed places that might be very dangerous for them. Also, try to be sure you see your cat when you leave the house - sometimes they climb into open drawers, or behind closet doors, and get closed in - and that's not a great thing.
3. If you're getting a kitten, you might want to start him or her off in just one room in your house so he can slowly adjust to all the new things. You can put his litter box at one end of the room, and his food at the other end...cats don't like to eat near their litter box. And, maybe make sure anything really valuable and breakable is put away - cats are very good at not breaking things as they jump around, but accidents can happen.
4. You might want to look at cat carriers now - you don't want to carry your kitty loose in the car, so to keep them safe, find a carrier that you and your mom like. I splurged and got a medium sized Sherpa bag - my cats will even sleep in it sometimes. But there are all sorts of carriers out there - you'll find something you like!
5. I bet the breeder can give you a lot of advice about what sort of food and litter to start out with (usually whatever the cat is used to - just think how many new things your new friend will have to adjust to in his new house), what sort of combs or brushes, and how to clip his nails. You'll have to get a litter box, and some bowls for food and water - and I bet you'll want to get some toys.
6. Always make sure toys with strings (like fishing rod type toys) are put away after you play with them. Again, sometimes cats will chew and eat what's not good for them, so you've got to help make sure dangerous things aren't out when you're not with your kitty.
7. I thought of you last night - the new issue of Cat Fancy came in the mail (has a Siamese kitten on the cover) and it has a special section on taking care of kittens.
8. Before I brought my cats home, I made an appointment with a vet, just to see their office and see how I liked them, their hours, what emergency vet they used, just how they took care of their patients in general. Especially if you get a young kitten, there are some medical things you'll have to take care of (vaccinations, de-worming, neutering), so I think it's important to find someone you like early on.
9. It sounds like a lot of stuff to take care of, and having a pet is a responsibility, but I think you and your mom will be great at making sure your cat has a great home. I'm just trying to think of all the things people told me when I adopted my first cat two years ago - honestly, all the effort is so worth it! - oh, enzyme cleaners like OxyFresh or Nature's Miracle are a very good thing to have at home - even the most perfect kitty may have a little accident here or there!
Honestly, I'm so excited for you and hope everything works out great - I can't wait to see pictures!