I just brought home my first cat, and I wanted to ask a few questions to make sure I don't forget anything or screw up. He's a 3 year old(approx) short haired stray from a shelter, who's quite friendly and reasonably well behaved. I've been reading this forum for a while now and have learned quite a lot from you guys but being that he's my first, I want to make sure I cover everything. So here goes.
I have to take him in to the vet for a general checkup next week. Are there any additional tests he should have, and What questions should I ask the vet?
I have a pretty good handle on cat food and nutrition, but are there any human foods that I should be extra certain he doesn't get in to(like chocolate for dogs)?
Are there any kinds of toys you recommend to leave on the floor for him when I'm not around to play? (he has just a cardboard scratcher and interactive mouse-on-a-string at the moment)
Any tips to get a Petmate Freshflow fountain pump to stop humming? It is secure on the bottom, and the water level is good.
He's quite friendly and curls up on my lap gently, but occasionally seems to think my hand is a toy and claws/bites at it. Not hard, but his claws are extremely sharp(haven't built up enough trust to try and clip them yet) and the scratching outbursts just seem to come out of nowhere. Is this just normal new cat behavior or something to be concerned about? I have to get him neutered in the next couple weeks as well, will this help?
Anything else I should know?
Thanks for putting up with my long introductory post, and I appreciate all your advice.
oh, and meet Mr Wendel
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