Siamese KittenCats may seem and act independent, but they still need help from their human caregivers. They need food, water, safe shelter, veterinary care, a clean litter box, love, and more.


Keep your cat safe by keeping them indoors

There are many dangers outdoors, and your cat is safer indoors. Make sure all windows are closed or securely screened. If kitty wants to experience the outside, keep them contained on a catio, or walk them with a harness and a leash.

If you need to transport your cat, use a cat carrier.

Keep your washer and dryer closed and check inside before starting them. Also check for cats in your drawers, closets, and cupboards before closing them.


Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups

Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and vaccinations. If you don't have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter, rescue group, or a pet-owning friend for a referral. Also, cats are expert at hiding illness and your veterinarian can identify any issues in an early stage.

If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before you introduce your new cat.


Spay or neuter your cat

Cats adopted from a rescue are likely to already be spayed or neutered. If this isn't done, you should see to it. 


Keep the litter box clean

Keep the litter box clean. Scoop it at least once daily - more often is better - and periodically wash it with dish liquid and hot water. Cats value privacy and it's a good idea to place the litter box in a quiet spot that is also convenient for the cat to reach.

If you have more than one cat, have one box more than the number of cats. That is, if you have three cats, it's a good idea to have four boxes. They like to have options.

 

Groom your cat

Groom your cat often. Brushing helps keep their coats and skins healthy, and it reduces shedding and hairballs. Clip your cat's nails, or take it to a groomer to have it done.


Make time to play and provide entertainment

Cats are good at entertaining themselves, but playing will ensure kitty gets the physical and mental stimulation they need - and strengthen the bond between you.

Toys and scratching posts will help keep your sofa safe. Toys don't have to be expensive - a cardboard box can provide hours of fun.