How can I be a good cat mom?
Since being a pet parent has similar responsibilities and emotional labor of being a “regular” parent, I think an important step of being a good cat mom is to make plenty of room for self-care. Taking care of a life that’s dependent on you is a lot of work, whether that life has 2 legs or 4. A short, free, and simple activity such as coloring can help reduce stress and anxiety. We have a wonderful collection of free cat coloring pages that can help with focus, creativity, and relaxation.
Hill’s Pet provides a lot of information about providing the best care for your cat.
Cat mom tips:
+Remove potential toxins from your home. This includes a long list of plants that can be harmful to pets.
+Buy necessary supplies
+Prepare the rest of your family
+Prepare other pets
+Be ready for a vet check-up
+Have a plan for litter box training
+Give them plenty of exercise
+Don’t let them roam outside alone. Keep them inside unless you can supervise them
What does cat mom mean?
Cats and dogs often have a whole hosts of humans living with them. Each person may have their own roles that they naturally fit into. For instance, my husband provides for Luna’s needs by making those grocery store runs when she’s low on cat food. He provides transportation to the vet when I’m too nervous to do because I hate seeing Luna upset. She hates the carrier and she hates car rides. Our daughter, as you can probably guess, is a laughing and playing partner for Luna. But only when my daughter feels like it.
Our pets are well aware of our different movements and activities. So, you may be a cat mom or dad, cat parent, or pet parent if you are the primary one to clean the litter box, maintain the feeding schedule, attempt to give medicine, keep up with vet appointments and so on. For me, even playtime is a chore. Though I enjoy playing with Luna, it’s way more fun for her than me. I have to follow her lead regarding which toy she may or may not be interested in. Also, my primary focus is for her to get exercise and mental stimulation so that I can have my peace. 😸
Does My Cat Think I’m Its Mother?
No. Your cat doesn’t think you are the one who gave birth to it. They do understand that you may be their primary caretaker, so they might come to you when it’s time to eat, when they want to play etc. You are their primary worker, lol.
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Follow these ways to keep your cat happy, and then you’re sure to be in the running for best cat parent of the year. 😻😻😻
+Minimize stressful triggers such as sudden, major changes in their environment
+Make sure the litter box set up is cat-friendly
+Do a meal time check-up
+Set up hiding places
+Set up a vertical territory such as scratching posts and walkways
+Keep a predictable routine
+Provide good opportunity for them to scratch their claws
+Keep up with their vet care
+Respect their body language and other signals