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Bringing a Kitten Home: Things You Need for a Kitten

Kittens are adorable, cuddly and full of energy. There’s no question that bringing a kitten home or adopting a new furbaby is one of the most exciting things you can ever do in your life. 

However, as much as they bring amazing energy and happiness to your home, they will require attention and you have to prepare a few things to make sure that your pet’s life is comfortable.

Here’s a checklist of the things you should have for your kitten.

Things You Need for a Kitten

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1. A litter box.

Kittens need a bathroom of their own and a litter box is the best option. Make sure to get one that is big enough for your kitten to move around in and that has low sides so they can easily get in and out.

2. Kitten food

It’s important to choose high-quality kitten food when getting a new kitten, as kittens have different nutritional needs than adult cats. Look for one that is specifically formulated for kittens or ask your veterinarian for recommendations. The most popular choices for kitten foods are Orijen (cat and kitten food) and Royal Canin.

3. A scratching post.

If you want to keep your furniture, especially your couch, pristine-looking then you have to buy multiple scratching posts. Kittens are natural scratchers, so giving them something to scratch on will help prevent them from clawing up your furniture. 

Look for a scratching post that is tall enough for your kitten to stretch out and that has a sturdy base.

Giving them a variety of scratching posts will also train them early and teach them to only scratch those surfaces and stay away from important furniture.

4. Toys.

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Kittens are full of energy so they will need a good toy to play with. (Photo by Anna Hinckel)

Kittens are playful creatures, so having some toys around is a good idea. Choose toys that are safe for kittens and that will help them stay active and stimulated.

5. A collar.

It’s important to get a kitten used to wearing a collar from an early age, as this will make it easier once they go outside.

Look for a collar that is lightweight and has ID tags so you can be sure your kitten will always have identification.

6. A carrier.

A cat or kitten carrier is essential if you want to be able to take your cat with you on outings. You will also need one as you will be taking your kitten to the veterinarian often and you want them to be inside a place where they would feel secure and comfortable.

Look for a carrier that is comfortable, easy to clean, and well-ventilated.

7. Cat bed.

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Kittens need their beauty sleep and will lounge on anything soft and warm. If you don’t want your kitten to get used to lying on your couch, then you have to give them their own place to sleep.

Cat beds don’t have to be expensive and extravagant. A simple rug on the floor, a box with a comfortable pillow, or a regular cat bed will do just fine.

8. Pet insurance.

Getting pet insurance can help protect your cat if they get sick or injured. Talk to your veterinarian about the different types of pet insurance available and which one might be right for you and your kitten.

9. Tick or flea prevention.

Kittens are susceptible to parasites like fleas and ticks. Even if they’re supposed to be indoor cats, they could still be infected with these bugs. Ask your veterinarian what the best plan of action is to prevent these critters from infesting your furbaby.

10. A good veterinarian.

Behind every healthy and happy pet is a good vet. It’s important to find a good veterinarian that you can take them to for regular checkups. Ask your friends or family members for recommendations or look online for reviews of local veterinarians before choosing one.

Bringing Your Kitten Home For The First Time

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It’s important to give your kitten time to explore the place for itself. (Photo by Lucas Pezeta)

When you bring your kitten home for the first time, there are a few things you’ll need to do to help them adjust to their new environment. Below are some tips on how to make your kitten’s transition into your home as smooth as possible.

  • Give them some time to explore.

Once you’ve settled them into their new home, it’s important to give them some time to explore and get used to their surroundings. Let them sniff around and investigate at their own pace.

Depending on your kitten’s personality, it could adapt to its new environment quickly, or it could take some time to get used to the place. The best thing for you to do is observe at first. 

Make sure that they know where their food and water are located as well as their litterbox. This will make them less anxious and will likely get them to feel more at home quickly.

  • Make sure they have a comfy place to sleep.

A warm, cozy bed is essential for your kitten’s comfort. Make sure their bed is in a quiet, safe place where they can retreat if they feel overwhelmed or scared.

  • Provide them with plenty of toys.

 Kittens love to play, so make sure you provide them with lots of different toys that will keep them entertained and engaged.

  • Be patient and gentle. 

Most kittens are naturally a little shy when they first arrive in a new home, so it’s important to be patient and give them time to adjust. Be gentle with them when handling and avoid making loud noises or sudden movements that could startle them.

With a little patience and care, your kitten will soon feel right at home in its new surroundings. Give them some time to explore, make sure they have everything they need, and be gentle and patient with them, and they’ll be settling in no time.

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