There is always a lot of excitement when you are bringing home a new pet for the first time. However, it is important that you have a proper plan in place to make the process as easy as possible for your new kitten. You should always consider not only the cost of getting a kitten but also the time that you will need to commit to the kitten to help get them settled. Select a pick up date that will allow you to be at home with your new kitten for at least a few days and remember to have your cat food and accessories ready and waiting.
The following items will need to be bought in preparation of your kitten coming home for the first time:
- Cat Box – You will need a cat box not only for collecting your kitten but also for trips to the vet. Put bedding/blanket in bottom of box.
- Cat Food – I would recommend using a high quality cat food and to avoid the cheaper brands. Buy a food that suits the age of your new kitten or cat.
- Cat Bed – There are a wide range of cat beds available in your local petstores and online which vary in quality and price so you will be sure to something that fits your taste and budget.
- Food & Water Bowls – Feeding and drinking bowls are available in a range of materials including plastic, metal, glass and pottery. Make sure to choose one that will be easy to clean.
- Scratching Post – Buying a scratching post will reduce the chances of your kitten scratching furniture but will not completely avoid it.
- Toys – Kittens enjoy playing so buy some kitten toys to help keep your new pet entertained.
It is advisable to kitten proof your home to reduce the risk of any accidents. Here are some tips to help you be prepared:
- Look around the house and remove any breakables or potentially harmful substances from shelves etc.
- Keep windows and balcony doors closed so your kitten doesn’t get out.
- Keep your fireguard in front of any open fireplaces; cats are known to explore chimneys.
- Cover any exposed electrical cables.
- Make sure that all waste bins are covered or out of reach.
- Keep your toilet seats down to prevent your kitten falling in.
- Remove any potentially poisonous plants, weed killers etc from your house and garden.
- Put any window blind chords out of reach.
- Keep cupboard doors, drawers, washing machine and dryer doors closed at all times.
Trip To The Vet
It is important to book your kitten into your local veterinarian for its vaccinations. All kittens will need vaccinations at approximately 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age. Depending on where you live your pet may require extra vaccinations so be sure to check with a petcare professional. You should also ask your vet about getting cat spayed or neutered, this is important to avoid unwanted and unnecessary litters. Worming and flea medications should be used on a regular basis and you will be advised on this on your first trip to the vet. You should also consider getting your new kitten micro chipped; this will help you in finding your kitten should they be stolen or go missing. If you have any questions or queries relating to the well-being of your kitten you should always consult your veterinarian.
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