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How to Care for Your New Cat: A Guide Based on Age

Hey there fellow cat lovers!


So, you've decided to bring home a new furry friend, but you're not quite sure how to care for them based on their age? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Caring for a new cat is a big responsibility, but it can be a rewarding and exciting experience. Here at Garlic City Kitty Rescue, we want to help you give your new kitty the best care possible, based on their age.


Kittens (0-6 months)


If you've brought home a kitten, get ready for some cute and playful times! Kittens need plenty of attention and care to grow into healthy, happy adult cats. Here are some tips:

Food: Kittens need high-quality kitten food that provides all the nutrients they need to grow.  I like to offer wet food twice daily and unlimited kitten dry food until they reach 1 year of age. Then you can switch to a high quality adult canned food found at your local pet store. Make sure to provide fresh water at all times.


Litter Box: Very young kittens need a smaller litter box, and it's essential to keep it clean to encourage good litter box habits. The rule of thumb is to provide 1 litter box per cat plus an extra one. I like to use dust free litter and non-clumping for very young kittens. So if you have 3 cats, you will need 4 litter boxes to help prevent accidents. And don't forget to scoop them at least twice daily.


Playtime: Kittens have lots of energy and need plenty of playtime to keep them entertained and healthy. Provide them with safe toys and play with them regularly. Please check all toys often for safety and put all interactive string or wire toys out of reach when not in use.


Vet Visits: Kittens require vaccinations and deworming treatments to protect their health. Make sure to schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian.


Adult Cats (1-7 years)


Adult cats are typically less active than kittens but still require plenty of love and attention. Here are some tips for caring for an adult cat:


Food: Adult cats need high-quality cat food that meets their nutritional needs. Choose the right food based on their activity level. I recommend canned food only for the added moisture and feed your cat 2-4 times daily.


Litter Box: Adult cats need a clean litter box at all times. If you have multiple cats, make sure to provide enough litter boxes to avoid litter box issues. One box per cat plus an extra!


Playtime: While adult cats may not need as much playtime as kittens, they still need exercise and stimulation to keep them healthy. Provide them with toys and engage in playtime regularly.

Vet Visits: Adult cats should visit the vet for a checkup at least once a year, and more frequently as they age. Regular checkups can help catch health problems early on.


Senior Cats (7+ years)


As cats age, their needs change. Senior cats require a bit more attention to maintain their health and wellbeing.


Food: Senior cats may need a specialized diet that addresses their changing nutritional needs. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right food for your senior cat.

Litter Box: Senior cats may have trouble accessing high-sided litter boxes, so consider a low-sided box. Also, make sure the litter box is easily accessible and clean.


Playtime: Senior cats may be less active than their younger counterparts, but they still need exercise and stimulation to maintain their health. Provide them with safe toys and play with them regularly.

Vet Visits: Senior cats should visit the vet at least twice a year for checkups. Regular checkups can help catch health problems early on and improve the quality of life for your senior kitty.


At Garlic City Kitty Rescue, we want to help you give your new kitty the best care possible, based on their age. By following these tips, you can provide the best possible care for your new furry friend and enjoy a happy and healthy life together. Remember, adopting a cat is a commitment, but it's a commitment that comes with endless love and joy!

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