Getting a new kitty? Recently bring home a tiny furry feline bundle of joy? Becoming a new cat parent is both a happy and daunting experience. Preparing for a new arrival and making sure your new kitty loves your home can make anyone feel anxious. What do you get? What toys do they like? What do I feed them?
For anyone preparing for a new kitty or are recent members to the cat-parent club, here is a checklist for supplies and tips to ensure your new bundle of joy loves their new home and family.
New Cat Tips and Tricks
Be Prepared With Essential Cat Supplies
Before your little fur baby comes home, make sure you have the essentials purchased and ready to go. Whether you want to stick to the basics or plan to buy out the entire cat store, here are the must-have essentials to have on hand for your new feline family member:
Bed or sleeping area: even a hollowed out box with blankets is a bed that cats will love.
– Water and food bowls: shallow, wide bowls are best for cats.
– Toys: cat toys made especially for their size are the best option.
– Litter box and litter
– Cat carrier: a must for the car.
– Brushes and combs
– Scratching post
– Kitten Food: choose healthy food and cat treats.
Invest in a Scratching Post for Cats
Cats will occasionally scratch, but kittens are going to want to use their new kitty claws even more so. New kitten claws are also very sharp so invest in a scratching post and other scratching toys. Trust us, your new sofa will thank you later.
Start a Cat Grooming Routine Early
Different cat breeds have different grooming needs so do your research on the recommendations and frequency for your particular kitten. Some need brushing more often than others, and some require very little grooming. While it is not necessary to bathe your kitten (they take care of that all on their own), you should get into the habit of regular brushing and nail clipping.
Acclimate Your Kitten Slowly Into the House
Cats are more independent than dogs by a long shot. Even so, kittens are vulnerable to discomfort and anxiety with a new family and new home. To make the transition to your household as comfortable as possible, select a smaller area, such as your bedroom or a small room away from the main area, and provide your new kitten with a litter box, food and water, some healthy treats, and a few toys.
Let your new pet become acquainted with that limited area for the first few days and be sure to spend plenty of time in that room to bond with your kitten. Don’t worry if he or she is spending a lot of time hiding under the bed as they acclimate. If necessary, sit on the floor by the bed to talk to him or her and offer cat treats.
Don’t Stress About the Litter Box
When it comes to the litter box and potty training in general, you can relax. It’s often a kitten’s instinct to relieve itself in a litter-like substance. Cats naturally want to bury, and the litter box allows them to do just that after they have done their business.
Be Mindful of Dietary Needs of Kittens
Some cats can handle their bowls being left out all day without overeating. Others, however, might be a little less disciplined. First-time cat owners might not know that cats can gain significant amounts of weight if they overeat, a complication of which can lead to diabetes if cat parents aren’t careful. Pay attention to your new cat’s eating habits. If he or she picks at food and can handle the it being left out, owners can leave food out. However, if your new feline appears to be getting a little thick in the stomach, only feed them at scheduled meal times every day.
Remember, a new kitty is a responsibility. But with the right tools and some tender love and care, your new feline family is sure to bring happiness (and a lot of mischievous adventures) into your home.