Our emergency services are now available 24 hours on WEEKENDS.  Overnights will be limited to Friday/Saturday/Sunday at this time. We will update you when further expansion of hours is anticipated.

Tips Every New Cat Parent Needs


Bringing home a new pet cat is an exciting time for your family, but it’s also a stressful time for your new feline friend. Since you want to make this time easier on everyone who’s involved, you’ll want to keep some tips in mind.

Buy Your Cat Everything They Need Before Taking Them Home

Before you start looking around at cats, there are some things your new pet will need. We highly recommend getting these things before bringing them home. They include:

  • A scratching is important if you don’t want your couch shredded.
  • Cat furniture
  • Food is just as important to your cat as it is to you and your family so you’ll want to make sure it’s healthy. Make sure you choose high-quality food that contains plenty of protein, amino acids, fats, and minerals. It should also be appropriate for their age, energy level, and if they have any special needs. Use this same knowledge in choosing a good treat to occasionally give to them.
  • Beds are important because your cat will sleep 16 – 18 hours a day.
  • A litter box, scoop, and mat for each individual cat is necessary even though they’ll end up sharing litter boxes anyway. You should also get stain and odor remover for when your cat has an accident.

Meeting Your Family

You’ll want to have a pleasant and calm homecoming. Make sure any children in your home understand the importance of treating your new family member gently. There are also some other important safety tips to keep in mind, including:

  • When introducing different pets to each other, go slow and make sure you give them all equal attention. Consider keeping one crated when you’re unavailable to supervise.
  • Make sure that anything that’s breakable is stowed away so your new pet won’t knock it over. Any wires, window cords, or full-length curtains that can entangle your new friend should also be taken care of properly.
  • There are some plants in your home that could also be harmful. Relocate them either to someplace your cat can’t get them. This is also true of chemicals like cleaning supplies.
  • Since your cat will sleep so much, you should move his bed throughout your home to encourage him to move about and explore their environment a bit. If your cat doesn’t do this on his own, consider infusing his bed with some catnip.
  • Consider buying a book that will help you understand what your feline’s behavior means so you can better take care of them.

Since different pets react differently, just like different people do, you need to be prepared for anything to happen.

Finding a Vet

It’s also a good idea to find a vet before bringing your new feline friend home. If you live in Tampa Bay, Florida you should contact us here at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center. We’d be happy to give them their first wellness visit so you can put your mind at ease and start enjoying your new friendship.

Contact Us

Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center


1501A Belcher Road South Largo, FL 33771

Clinic Hours

Specialty Hours Monday 8:30a - 5:00p Tuesday 8:30a - 5:00p Wednesday 8:30a - 5:00p Thursday 8:30a - 5:00p Friday 8:30a - 5:00p Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Emergency Care Center (ECC) Monday 10a-10p Tuesday 10a-10p Wednesday 10a-10p Thursday 10a-10p Friday, Saturday, Sunday 24 Hours