It’s been more than a year that Lilly and Fin moved in with me. And let me tell you, they certainly have changed my life. I grew up with cats and always knew that one day I would want to own one again. From vet visits to the amount of hair I have to vacuum on a daily basis to late-night cuddles on the couch, I wouldn’t want to live without them anymore. So today, in partnership with Dyson, I want to talk to you about a few things I wish I knew before getting a cat.
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It’s important to provide a good diet for your cats
When I picked up my white cat, Fin, from its previous owner, his fur was short, rough and he had dry patches all over his skin. I quickly found out that this deficiency came not from neglect but from malnutrition. Cheap cat food you can find in supermarkets is often filled with grain and sugar.
However, cats are obligate carnivores. So 95% of what they eat should be protein. High-quality food will avoid vet visits and provide better health for your cats. Furthermore, developing a feeding schedule will keep your cats healthy and help with getting a routine into your life. I feed my cats twice a day – once in the morning and once during dinner time and buy cat food that consists of mostly meat and fish.
Cat trees and scratch posts are an essential
If cats don’t have a scratching post, your cats will most likely start scratching your furniture in order to maintain their claws. It is a natural process and you need to adapt and cater to it to avoid ruined couched, beds and other furniture. By providing enough scratching opportunities for the cats, you can easily help them go after their instincts.
Initially, I only knew of the basic cat tree that you can find in all the pet-stores. As I didn’t have room for one of those in my flat, I made a DIY scratching post myself that fit perfectly into my flat. They absolutely adore it and it gives me so much joy to see them climbing up and down the tree bark and hiding in the little nook I attached to the post.
Cats are not as independent as people claim they are
Cats are independent and certainly put their own minds in front of your needs. However, if you spend a lot of time with your cats, they can get highly attached as well. They might not want to cuddle or be pet whenever you feel like. But they definitely will become very affectionate and cuddly when you spend lots of quality time with your cat to create that special bond.
You will need a good vacuum cleaner
You’ll brush your cats a thousand times, only to still find more hair than could possibly be in all existence, somehow all of it on your black pants. There is hair everywhere. On your carpets, on your sofa, and under your cabinets.
Before getting a cat I used to vacuum about once every two to three days and that was absolutely fine. However, once Lilly and Fin moved in with me, things had to change drastically. My vacuum cleaner became my best friend. Ever since I first tried it at my partner’s place, I lusted after the Ferrari of household appliances, the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro. And now, finally, I can call it my own.
The best thing about the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro is that it comes completely cordless, which allows me to freely move through my small flat without having to worry to bump into anything. Compared to my old vacuum cleaner, the V11 is unbelievably quiet and doesn’t scare away the cats at all, which never happened to me before. I love how easy the handling of the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro is. With only a few movements, the big vacuum cleaner instantly turns into a small hand-held device for cleaning the sofa or other furniture. Additionally, it is super easy to empty the container in only one swift point-and-shoot movement and assemble the vacuum cleaner back again.
Good to know: Dyson’s battery-optimizing technology and battery-saving trigger help to provide a longer run time by only using power when you need it. The V11 Absolute Pro was acoustically engineered to absorb vibrations and dampen noise, to keep sound levels down.
The circular LCD at the back gives you valuable information on the cleaning mode that you’re currently in – ECO, Auto, and Boost. It shows you how much battery is remaining or error messages if something goes wrong. If the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro is fully charged, you can use it for 60 minutes straight. After, you simply put it back into its charging station where you can keep it until you’re ready to clean again. Which will most likely be just about two hours later, when your cats have thrown half the litter out of the litter box again.