By Mae Randa
Congratulations! You have a new kitten in your home. This is an exciting time to get to know your new fur baby. In addition to the items on the checklist below, you will need to help your little kitten feel safe in her new home. Start with a small room. Give her a chance to listen to new sounds, and smell new scents. Once your kitten is ready to leave the small room, give her time to explore her new home.
When the kitten arrives, have a safe room ready with the door closed. The safe room should have a cat bed, litter box, toys, food and water bowls. It is important to have a space where the kitten can hide. This can be a cat condo, cat tunnel or a small, clean cardboard box. A comfy cat bed can be placed in or near the hiding place. I also like to keep the cat carrier open with a soft bed inside. This will give her a safe place to hide and make it easier to use the carrier before a veterinary visit in the future. Kittens love to scratch. Be sure to have a horizontal and vertical scratching post or pad
If this is your first kitten, I recommend getting a new kitten book. It can be a guide to answer any new questions you have about your new kitten.
It is important to schedule a new pet visit with your veterinarian. Most veterinarians have new kitten plans that include vaccinations and a microchip. This is also the right time to talk about and choose a pet insurance plan.
Have fun with the new fur baby, take a lot of photos, and remember that pets are forever.
New Kitten List
- Safe breakaway cat collar
- Pet tag
- Microchip if old enough
- Kitten food
- Food and water bowls -wash daily and add fresh water
- Water fountain
- Litter box
- Litter scooper
- Kitten-safe litter
- Cat bed
- Small plush blanket
- Cardboard box or cat condo to play in
- Cat tree to climb and learn to scratch
- Horizontal cat scratchers
- Safe kitten toys
- Interactive toys
- Grooming comb or brush
- Nail trimmers (ask vet how)
- Styptic Powder (to use if needed during nail trim)
- Lots of love