5 Things To Know Before Getting A Cat Home

Many people crave the idea of having a furry best friend but are seldom able to get one due to work commitments and housing issues. When it comes to dogs, pet parents need to consider a lot more points, than they do for cats. Relatively lower in maintenance, cats can be a constant source of happiness and purring around the house!

Once you’ve finally decided to bring a new kitty home, you should prepare for your cat to be comfortable and safe. Having a cat as a pet requires less attention, grooming and exercise, but there are certain essentials you should be ready with.

Veterinary visits

The first thing to do when you bring a cat home, is to book an appointment with the vet. This is necessary as the kitten needs to be dewormed and vaccinated at an appropriate age. An early check up can also help you determine the overall health of the cat and eliminate any diseases or medical problems. The vet may even prescribe certain vitamins and syrups that can help the cat grow stronger.

Food, water and litter

Food and water are basic necessities for any living being and thus having a permanent spot for both at home is a good idea. Instead of just bowls, think of investing in raised feeders for cats that can provide more comfort while eating. Choose a variety of dry and wet cat food daily, and make sure to keep your kitty hydrated!

Get your kitty used to the litter box from day 1 so that they don’t dirty other areas of the house. Find the litter best suited for your cat and also make sure to find the best way to dispose off the litter. There are some flushable litter brands available, which are easier to dispose off.

A safe space

Cats like their alone time, so make sure you’ve create a safe space for them to just chill and rest. A quiet corner in your room or balcony, an unused bathroom or even an empty cupboard make quiet corners for cats. Buying a cat house or a cat tower is also a good way to let your cat feel safe and entertained. We all know how much cats love jumping in and out of enclosed spaces!

Scratching necessities

Cat’s claws need to be sharpened and so to avoid ruining your furniture, get a scratch post for your kitty. Never ever go in for a claw removal surgery as it is painful for cats and their claws are a necessity for them. Instead, you can trim their nails regularly.

Indoor or outdoor?

Many pet parents struggle with the decision of whether their cat should be an outdoor one or indoor one. Depending on the area you live in, make sure it is safe for your cat to wander out alone. If there are many stray dogs and hostile cats near your house, or you live too close to a main road, it may be wiser to keep your cat indoors so as to avoid accidents.

If you decide to keep an indoor cat, secure all open areas in your home, such as the windows and balconies. Put a grill or net so that the cat doesn’t fall out or accidentally jump off after a bird. Always keep a collar on your cat so people know it is a domestic cat incase it gets out of the house.

Getting a new kitty home can take a little adjusting to, but it will definitely be worthwhile! All the unconditional love and affection that you’ll receive will more than make up for the little time your new cat will take to adjust to their new surroundings. So stay patient and make sure you’re doing everything you can make your baby comfortable.

CHOTA PAKODA- Indian Pet Furniture store

What happens when two engineers implement their skills to build a world padded with love and soft fur for your pets? Chota Pakoda is the love child of such two individuals with active right brain hemispheres.


Chota Pakoda is a start up that aims to fulfill the wishes of loving pet owners to provide comforting niches for their pets to rest, to sulk and …of course, to click unbelievably cute pictures. The USP of Chota Pakoda is that they make hand-crafted products with raw materials sourced from all over the world. They make products that are sensible to your pet’s needs. For instance, cats are tree climbing mammals who prefer to sit at heights, whereas dogs like to have a safe, quiet and secure place to sleep, rest and hang their tongues out. Chota Pakoda not only understands these nuances, but swirls around with them in ways that result in cute, colourful and comfortable homes for your furballs. They make homes of all sizes for your “chota” and “bada” pakodas.

Inception of Chota Pakoda

Gaurav Singh, an aspiring aerospace engineer turned mechanical engineer, pursued his MS in Thermal Science from the University of Arizona, USA. He later went on to work as a material R&D employee for a defense company and returned to India in search for a right path for his career.

Shruti Gotarkar also pursued an engineering degree but always had the heart to begin her own venture, and so she pursued her MBA from IIM Kozhikode with specialization in marketing.

This project began when Shruti and Gaurav sat down with a hot mug of coffee, pizza and their pet’s pictures on their phones. When they met, they fell in love with each other’s ideas and then with each other. It was just as organic as falling- effortless. They realized self-fulfillment comes only when one decides to walk with their hearts even if that means walking against the tide. The seed for creating a space for compassion and learning was planted. They walked on together to teach children, to upcycle discarded material and many more ways. While all of this was going on, they decided to build on the idea that got them together- love for their pets. And Chota Pakoda was born. 

Social Media presence

Chota Pakoda  has their own website:  www.chotapakoda.com 

Instagram handle:  @chotapakoda

Facebook  link

If you’re reading this article and you don’t own a pet, I URGE you to go ahead and adopt one. Why, you ask? Because despite the humongous advancements in technology and machinery today, our lives are meaningless without animals in them. Even the Mahadev needed his bull, Nandi, to take him places, the great Maharana Pratap’s horse saved his life more than once.

Even if the livelihood of people living in the concrete jungle does not directly depend on animals/ nature, they find balance in their lives by adopting pets. How? I can give you numerous reasons, but right now we will settle for discussing the two major ones.

  • Pets improve mental fitness by decreasing stress, anxiety, depression. Pets do not judge you and love you for who you are, therefore, inspiring us to do the same with others. This way animals are therapeutic.
  • Pets make you adventuresome and therefore promote socialization. The extra exercise will lower your blood pressure levels and control your cholesterol. Thus, animal care improves physical health.

Now that pets give us so much by simply existing, the least we can do is take care of them and provide them with a personal space to live in. Even though domesticated, animals are still animals . Many a times in an animal’s life, they undergo mood swings which they don’t have a control over and in times like these, they prefer to be in places that are suited to their comfort. And that is precisely the need Chota Pakoda caters to!