Four Tips for New Cat Owners

Congrats!!! You brought home a kitten! You’re going to love him or her, and before you know it they will love you fiercely and dearly. Although cats tend to be more independent than their canine counterparts, your relationship with them will undoubtedly be special. As a shopper at Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies, we are honored to be your pet supplies store in the Ann Arbor and Chelsea areas.

In our quest to be the best place to buy pet supplies, we strive to offer our loyal readers and WagsFam resources, advice, tips, knowledge, and expertise and to be more than just a store. So, we’re here with a fast four tips for new cat owners on this week’s pupdate!

Tips for New Cat Owners

First, Take a Look in the Mirror

Are you ready for a cat? Sure hope so! Sometimes they just appear on your doorstep looking for a home, but ideally you’ve rescued a kitten from one of our partners like Crafty Cat Rescue. Regardless, make sure you and your lifestyle are ready to adopt the kitten.

Cat allergies are no fun!

Cat allergies are no fun!

There are different breeds that tend to live different lifestyles. Cats that are highly active and need a lot of grooming and attention may not be the best fit for you if you work long hours and aren’t home or present as much as your cat deserves. On the other hand, there are cats that are ideal fits for a working lifestyle. Do your research!

Finally, and this might sound stupid but we only mention it because we’ve heard it before, but test yourself for cat allergies! Would be really awful to bring home a new cat and not be able to keep it because your eyes itch unbearably.

Second, Take a Look at your New Cat

That means go to the vet! Take it for a checkup and immunizations. Also, make an appointment with your vet to neuter or spay your cat as soon as they are old enough. This can be the difference between a healthy, happy cat and home and a miserable cat trying to claw its way through the windows or spraying your furniture and walls. Not good.

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Third, Come to Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies

We’ve got everything you need to transform your living space into your cat’s living space! Co-living space. You get it. Your local Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies stores in Ann Arbor (2270 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103) or Chelsea (1192 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI, 48118) have all of the pet supplies you’d need as a new cat owner.

We can help you pick out the right food, the right litter, the right toys, the right bedding, the right supplements, the right accessories, the right home necessities, and more. In our experience, there are some areas where the extra expense is absolutely worth it and others where you can bargain hunt. Our knowledgable staff will help guide you to the right decisions as a new cat owner.

Bring your kitten in so they can be featured on our social media pages! We’ll tag you if you decide to make an Instagram for them, plus it’s a good way to socialize!

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Fourth, Start (Everything) Early

The sooner they get used to you being there, the more they will trust you in parts of their lives that concern them. By this, we primarily mean with anything and everything related to grooming and cat care.

If you start early and reward properly, bathing, brushing, and trimming claws will be an event to look forward to, rather than something to dread.


So, a quick four tips for new cat owners. For those of you who have just gotten a cat or a kitten, congrats and good luck on your journey! We hope to see you and your feline friend at your favorite pet supplies store in Ann Arbor or Chelsea! Come to Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies for the supplies, but stay for the friends you’ll make here along the way!