Co-founder and Joint CEO of PetRescue, Vicki Davy, shares some interesting facts about cats. You’ll definitely want to know these before you bring your new furry family member home!
Cats’ whiskers are super sensitive - so they don’t like to put their heads in deep bowls that bend their whiskers!
Make sure food bowls are small and shallow for a kitten, slightly larger and deeper for an adult cat and kept super clean.
The litter tray should be 1.5 x the size of your cat. And if they don’t like their new loo, they might not use it!
Start with the same type of litter the rescue organisation used, so your cat knows it’s the toilet! Never use scented litter or scented litter liners - the smell is too strong for a cat’s super sensitive nose.
Actually, we made that stat up. But your cat WILL find their favourite sleeping spot, and it might not be the bed you bought!
Cats sleep a lot (16+ hours a day). The perfect spot is usually up off the floor, so pop the bed or soft blanket on the couch and watch the zzz’s happen.
Rather than a desperate need to get out, it’s a sign they aren’t fully settled in their new home just yet. Cats are territorial, so coming into a new environment can be stressful.
When you bring your cat home, place it in a small room or enclosed area (somewhere quiet), rather than giving access to your entire home when it first comes home.
Set up the room with your cat's bed, bowls, litter tray, and a hidey hole (such as a box or tunnel). Cats need a safe place to hide, especially when they are in a new place.
Most cats prefer a hiding spot with an escape route, so the best kind of box is one with an entrance and exit. Then slowly introduce them to the rest of your home.
"My days are dedicated to finding new ways to spread the word about just how great rescue pets are"
- Vicki Davy, Co-Founder & Joint CEO of PetRescue.