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    Shopping List: Help Your New Cat Settle In Easier


    Bringing a new cat into your home is a fantastic thing! You're going to have such a fun time together! But given that it's likely to be a big change for your kitty, regardless of where you got them from, don't be too surprised if they don't blend and settle in right away. All cats go through some sort of an "adjustment period" when first arriving in a new home.

    This is when they're becoming familiar with their new surroundings and family members and figuring out how they fit into it all. How long any cat's "adjustment period" is depends on the cat, the home, and a host of other factors. Thankfully, there are some things you can do and some products you can have on hand to help ease your new cat's transition and help them feel more "at home" and comfortable in your home.

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    Topics: Cat training, feline behavior, New Kitten, Cat-friendly products, litter box training, Scratching, Cat Treats

    Top 10 Pet Proofing Tips for Cats and Kittens


    Bringing a new cat into your home is an exciting time. It’s an experience that everybody should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s important to remember a few practicalities though, in between all the fun and excitement. Some time spent pet-proofing with these simple steps will go a long way to help ensure that your new kitty stays with you – and stays safe and healthy – for many years to come.

    If you already have young (human) children, you may already have made a good amount of pet-proofing progress. But even if so, there are important differences in home safety needs between young children and young (or even older) cats. After all, we don’t expect too many infants or toddlers to chew on electric cords or grab the dental floss out of the bathroom wastebasket, but give a kitten the chance to do either and, more often than not, he’ll happily do so. So invest a bit of time now to evaluate (or reevaluate) the safety of your cat’s environment, and you can focus more on the fun and excitement in the days, months, and years to come. 

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    Topics: Kids and Cats, Scratches, New Kitten, High Rise Syndrome, Litter Box, Cat Bite

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