If you've always been fascinated by the feline family or your Instagram feed is filled with cute cat pictures, bringing home a cat as pet could be one of your life's best decisions.
But there's much more to owning a cat than just having a furry little mate roaming around your house.
Here are five essential tips you should know about parenting a cat.
Feed your cat healthy food
This is perhaps the topmost matter of concern for your furry friend.
Don't go out shopping food for your cat after being inspired by catchy/misleading commercials on television.
Always check the packaging and read the ingredients section.
Avoid items that are loaded with preservatives and fattening additives.
If you have more doubts, contact your vet about what and how much to feed your cat.
Groom your cat regularly
Well, not everything is cool about cats having a lot of fur.
In fact, once you bring a cat home, you'll start seeing a lot of hair, literally everywhere. That is why, all cats need grooming from time to time.
So, invest in a good set of grooming tools and spend a decent amount of time cleaning and grooming your new non-human friend.
Find a good veterinarian and cat sitter
Although we hope your cat never falls ill, you still need to get in touch with a good veterinarian. For this, you can either talk to your cat-owning friends or go online.
Make sure to visit your vet for regular check ups.
Also, find a nice and friendly cat sitter for all those times you might have to leave your kitty home alone.
Make time for play
Don't just presume that your cat is antisocial and doesn't want you around for too long.
Like most other pets, cats also love to hang out every now and then.
So spend more time with it and play some cool games.
Also, buy some toys such as balls, bells, fake mice etc. for it, so it doesn't get bored even when it's alone.
Tip 5: Invest in a scratching post
Honestly, cats and furniture don't really go hand in hand. If you want your new sofa set or carpets to stay safe, invest in a scratching post, so your cat can indulge in its scratching urges without causing you and your finances much trouble.