The Complete Guide to Adopting a Cat: Preparing for, Selecting, Raising, Training, and Loving Your New Adopted Cat or Kitten


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Certified cat behavior consultant Laura Cassiday used her extensive experience working at the Maryland SPCA to help her write the definitive guide book for anyone who has recently adopted (or is considering adopting) a new cat. Using input and interviews from over 40 shelter and rescue organization experts, this book covers every topic and question a new cat owner will need to know to successfully integrate their new cat into their home and life.

Topics covered include:Choosing the correct cat for your home and lifestyleWhat to do if you’ve found a stray cat or kittensBecoming a cat foster parentBringing your new cat home: supplies, safe spaces, and introductionsCat nutritionGrooming and sheddingCat health careTroubleshooting problemsLitter Boxes IssuesDestructive ScratchingBiting and AggressionFear and AnxietyNuisance Behaviors (Counter Surfing, Excessive Meowing, and More)Carrier TrainingGiving MedicationPlaytime and enrichmentSenior Cat careSo you’ve decided to adopt a cat. Easy, right? You just go to the closest shelter, pick out the cute, fluffy orange one, and live happily ever after.

Although this is exactly what goes through the minds of many would-be cat adopters, picking out your new best friend can be a little more complicated. I mean, if you get a kitten, you’re looking at a 15-20 year commitment. I once had one of my cats live to be 27! And what happens if they don’t like your other pets? Or your kids? Even worse, what if they stop using their litter box? And how often do cats even need to go to the vet, anyway? Even for impulsive people like myself, you have to at least put a little bit of thought into it.

That’s where this book comes in. It’s a comprehensive guide to all things cat adoption. If you don’t know where to start, this is a good place. If you’ve just brought your new kitty home and have questions, we’ll cover that too. Even if you’ve already had a cat for a while, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. So grab your catnip and feather wand, and let’s get started!

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Choosing Your Cat

Cats are more complex than a lot of us believe – finding the right one to adopt should include research on all your options beforehand. A well-informed decision as a cat owner means weighing pros and cons of different breeds, age, gender, and personalities, as well as deciding if they’ll be indoor, outdoor, or a mix of both! Luckily, this guide breaks down all aspects of choosing a cat so you can adopt with confidence.

The First Days

You want your cat’s first days home to feel safe, comfortable, and trusting — the faster your cat can adjust to their new home, the faster you can establish routines, schedules, and relationships! So, waste no time reading up research-backed tips, tricks, and techniques for cat-proofing your home and setting the foundation for a harmonious, successful relationship.

Essential Training

While your cat may not respond to “sit” and “stay” commands, there are definitely elements of behavior training that are critical to your success as a new cat owner. Learn from certified experts how to train and correct behavior effectively with your new cat. Whether your objective is basic, like housebreaking, or more advanced like scratching, counter surfing, or anxiety, this guide has all the know-how you’ll need.

Establishing Health and Wellness

Healthy living with your new cat starts from the very first day: a balanced, intentional, and researched wellness plan is crucial for long term success and quality of life. Get the scoop on all aspects of your cat’s health including nutrition, vet visits, preventative care, even grooming! With the proper wellness plan in place, your sweet cat will feel just as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

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Expert Advice

Author and certified cat behaviorist Laura Cassiday used interviews with over 40 shelter and rescue organizations to create a truly incredible guidebook that is jam-packed with expert tips, tricks, advice, and quotes.

Play and Stimulation

Cats just want to have fun! Learn the benefits of play therapy with your new cat, as well as puzzles, games, and enrichment methods you can use to get your cat active and engaged.

Finding a Stray

Sometimes, cats just show up – with or without invitation! Whether you’ve found a cat or they’ve found you, get advice on what to do upon finding a stray, as well as specifics on rehoming and adoption processes.

Senior Cat Care

Is your cat growing grey? Learn how to properly adjust to your cat’s senior needs and ensure maximum comfort, care, and health through their golden years.

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ LP Media Inc (November 23, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 171 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1954288344
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954288348
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.3 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.39 x 9 inches

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