Getting Started With Your New Cat

Being a first-time cat owner can be daunting, but we're here to help. Get expert advice on the supplies, food, and anything else your feline friend needs.

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Gray and black cat being brushed with dematting comb
How to Painlessly Get Mats Out of Cat Fur
Tan short-haired cat sitting next to box of tissues
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Gray and white cat sitting in front of open windows
8 Things Your Cat Loves
Photo of Ragdoll Cat Casper
Why Does My Cat Stink?
Portrait Of Cat Sitting Outdoors
10 Ways to Find Your Lost Cat
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How to Bathe Your Kitten or Adult Cat
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How to Determine Your Cat's Age
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8 Free DIY Cat Tree Plans
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The Costs of Responsible Cat Ownership
Cat food materials, bedding, toys and crate organized on wooden floor
Shopping List for Your New Cat
Gray and white cat in front of scratching pole and household items
How to Keep Your House Clean With Indoor Pets
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Top 5 Reasons Some People Just Don’t Like Cats
where cats like to be pet
7 Places Where Cats Like to Be Pet
cat claws
How to Manage Your Cat's Claws
Brown striped cat playing with toy
Top 10 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Angora cat
What Is the Difference Between Cat Hair and Fur?
Photo of Ragdoll Cat Casper
How Old Is Your Cat in Human Years?
Black and tan kittens standing on cushioned seat next to houseplants
How to Kitten-Proof Your Home
cat birthday
8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Cat's Birthday
10 Dog-Friendly Ideas for Apartment Balconies
10 Dog-Friendly Ideas for Apartment Balconies
Person and cats lounging on couch
What Is Cat Dander?
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Why Do Some Cats Groom Their Owner's Hair?
Flame point cat playing with a pink catnip mouse toy in the grass
Why Do Cats Like Catnip?
Older cat and kitten on gray sofa
How Old Is My Cat in Human Years?
A cat and a child sleeping in a car
8 Tips to Help Cats Enjoy Car Travel
6.5 week old kitten is alert and active
Convert Your Cat's Age to Human Years
A cat sitting on a cat tree and looking into the camera.
10 Amazing Cat Trees You Have to See
Brown striped cat eating birthday cake with candle
How to Make a Special Cake for Your Cat's Birthday
White cat without collar sitting on bench outside.
What to Do if You Found a Lost Cat
Cat lying on owner
Purrternity Leave: Welcoming a New Cat into Your Home
Cat getting nails trimmed
How to Trim Your Cat's Nails
Christmas cat
13 Cats Who Love Christmas
Dogs and Cats in Travel Bags
The Best Pet Boarding Services of 2023
Kitten nibbling on shoe
Why Do Cats Like Shoes?
Cat in apartment
Is Your Apartment Big Enough for a Cat?
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The Best Animal Charities You Should Know About
maine coon kitten on scratching post
Top Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors
Playful kitty Cat
Explore the Sources of Your Cat's Personality
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How to Take a Car Trip With Your Cat
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Cats and Their Very Unique Eyes
Brown and black cat sitting on perch tree while being petted
How to Find a Cat Sitter
Cat walking across grass outside; feral cat vs stray cat
Feral Cat vs. Stray Cat: What's the Difference?
Brown and white cat next to scratching pole and orange ball and cleaning materials for messes
Tips for Cleaning Cat Messes and Accidents
A cat lounging on top of a high dresser
Why Do Cats Like High Places?
kitten in grass
Should You Allow Your Indoor Cat to Go Outside?
Vaccination Timeline for the Average Adult Cat
The Average Adult Cat Vaccination Schedule
Black cat getting teeth brushed with wooden finger toothbrush
How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth
British shorthair cat wearing a funny costume
15 Purrfect DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Cat
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The Best Pets for Seniors
Microchip Pet Scan
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Cat with toy
Why Won't Your Adult Cat Play?
Cat claws in a scratching post
Top Reasons Not to Declaw Your Cat
White cat smelling a bouquet of flowers
Any Cat's Sense of Smell Is Used for All Aspects of Survival
11 Things Only Cat Owners Understand
cat sitting in basket
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Black and White Cat
100+ Names for Black-and-White Cats
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