Deciding to make the move and adopt a brand new furry friend is always a big decision. The arrival of your new family member will bring a whole host of responsibilities, and these responsibilities are never greater than when you are choosing to adopt a kitten.
Kittens require a lot of love, care, and attention as they adjust to their new surroundings in your home. It is important to make sure that you are well prepared for any eventuality before you pick up your feline friend. From cat ID tags to specialist kitten food and much more besides, follow our checklist to make sure you have everything you need ready for your kitten’s arrival!
- Kitten food. A specific diet tailored to kittens may be required depending on the age of the cat you are adopting. Most cats should be fed kitten food up until one year of age, with the exception of some larger breed cats like Maine Coons. It may be a sensible idea to trial some different brands in order to pick one that suits your kitten well
- Food and water bowls. Separate food and water bowls are a must, as your kitten should always have access to fresh drinking water throughout the day
- A comfy bed. There are many different types of cat beds available on the market, so there are plenty of choices when it comes to finding the perfect snoozing spot
- Cat ID tags. Although kittens shouldn’t be allowed outdoors until they have completed their course of vaccinations, it’s important to make sure you are prepared for when the time comes by investing in a kitten collar and cat ID tags. After all, the last thing you want is for your new kitten to get lost!
- A scratching post. Allow your cat the pleasure of sharpening its claws and save your furniture from being torn to shreds!
- Plenty of toys! Similar to puppies, most kittens love to play. Get a variety of kitten-safe toys and allow your little one plenty of playtime!
- A pet carrier. Essential for travel and those vital trips to the vet, make sure to get a carrier with plenty of room for your kitten as it grows
- Litter tray, cat litter, and scoop. Perhaps not the most exciting thing to keep in mind, but a litter tray is a must unless you want the hassle of cleaning up the mess all over your floor!
- Healthcare. The importance of regular check-ups should not be overlooked; neither should kitten vaccinations. Make sure your kitten is booked in with your local vet to ensure they stay happy and healthy
Of course, this is just an overview of the essentials. There are plenty more pet products out there, and doubtless, as you begin your new life with your kitten you will discover additional things that your kitty will enjoy.
Still haven’t decided if you want to get a kitten or a puppy? Make sure you check out our new puppy checklist to help you decide.