10 Things You Need to Prepare Your Home For a New Cat or Kitten
Is your family welcoming a new kitten or cat into your home? Then take a look through this checklist for a new cat to make sure your home is ready to go!
- Look for cat food with “complete and balanced nutrition” on the label because kittens need more fats and proteins while they are growing.
- Look for food specifically formulated for kittens. Such food will say things like “highly digestible, nutrient-dense and uniquely designed to meet kittens’ nutritional requirements”
- Canned food is better for kittens than dry food.
- Canned food is generally better for cats, but if your cat is used to dry food, that works too.
- Dry cat food from premium brands are a great option.
3. Litter Box & Litter
Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, you will need a quality litter box. Choose a litter box that :
- is sizable with high sides for grown cats
- is low enough for them to enter easily
For the litter, anything that is plant based is the safest. A mat under the box to catch stray litter is another great item that you can consider getting.
Choose a bed that is comfortable, washable, and spacious enough for an adult cat to curl up. But make sure it isn’t too big, because your cat may feel vulnerable and exposed.
This is a must-have you will want for your cat, in case he or she ever gets lost. Make sure the tag has:
- your name
- telephone number
Additionally, make sure the collar has an automatic release incase your cat gets stuck on something. Doing this will ensure your cats ultimate safety.
You will want to invest in a crate that has a solid fiberglass bottom or a tough plastic carrier with a secure latch. Also make sure your carrier or crate has a screened opening out of which your cat can look.
A scratching post is a great investment for a new cat or kitten because they will scratch if you like it or not. You can get one from your local pet store, Amazon, or make one yourself.
Your cat or kitten will love any kind of interactive toy. Be sure that the toys you get are sturdy enough that small kittens won’t tear off feather or other random parts.
10. A Vet Appointment
This is a crucial part to bringing a new cat or kitten to your home. If the cat you’ve adopted hasn’t already been to vet, this needs to be your first stop for your new friend. You will want to make sure your cat has received their vaccinations and negative test results for various diseases and medical conditions.
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