1. Tips for Day One with Your New Cat / Kitten - There’s lots you can do in the first 24 hours to ease your new kitten / cat into your home. When you arrive, select a quiet, closed-in area such as your bedroom or a small room away from the main foot traffic, and set it up with a litter box, bed, food and water. If you are adopting an adult cat, be sure that this “starter room” has very secure screens, or keep the windows securely closed. If possible, make the starter room the permanent location of the litter box. If you plan on having the permanent location of the litter box be elsewhere, you’ll need two litter boxes. Please do consider the advantages of keeping your new cat indoors always — outdoor cats are exposed to disease, cat fights, being killed by cats and other wild animals, and hit by cars. If you have other pets, don’t introduce the new pet immediately. Let your new cat get to know and trust household members, before it must adjust to the entire home. For more on each of these tips visit our blog
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2. FAQ for Cat Veterinarian Visits - Taking your cat to the veterinarian should be your first priority. This is especially true if you have other pets. It's a good idea to make sure your new pet is healthy and doesn't have any diseases or viruses he or she could transmit to other cats in the house. The best way to find a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The cat shelter or rescue group where you adopted your cat may have a good recommendation. For proper preventative care, your cat should be examined by a veterinarian twice a year. A typical vet checkup includes searching for fleas using a special flea comb. Taking your cat's temperature, and a physical examination which will include checking your cat's ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, and genitals, and lymph nodes and listen to the heart and lungs. It will be common for the veterinarian to stress the importance of avoiding parasites, and will suggest options for flea and tick prevention and control.
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7. Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Dogs for Adoption - If you have your heart set on a specific breed, before you check out a breeder or pet store, why not search dogs for adoption from a breed rescue organization? 25% of all dogs in a shelter are purebred dogs. There are also lots of dog breed rescue groups that specialize in a particular breed of dog. Don't be fooled into thinking that dog shelters and dog rescues are filled with dog for adoption that were discarded because they're "bad". Shelter dogs for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners. Did you know that many backyard dog breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred dogs without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed dog breeds have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier dogs! And the best place to find a mixed breed dog is at a rescue, SPCA, humane society or dog shelter.
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