What Do You Need for Your New Kitten?

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Why You Should Prepare for Your New Kitten

If you’re excited about the idea of adopting a cat, you may be feeling anxious about your kitten being the perfect fit for your family. But don’t worry – you can do a lot of preparation to ensure you’ve got kitty covered before you bring her home.

Many pet owners don’t prepare for their new kitten and instead take her home and hope for the best. In fact, some people even go out and purchase the same little house they bought for a specific breed, not realizing the kitten’s specific needs. Although they may think the kitten fits in the house perfectly, they are actually making things harder on the young four-legged friend.

Keeping Your Kitten Safe

If you are a new parent, you'll probably recognise this feeling:

Worrying about your child's safety keeps you awake at night. Fortunately, kittens are far more resilient than humans and do have some survival instincts. However, there are some important things you can do to keep your kitten safe and comfortable.

Here’s a checklist to help you make your new kitten's home safe:

  • Get veterinarian literature on kitten care. This will include information on de-worming, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and other important first steps.
  • Choose a kitten carrier to take your cat to the veterinarian.
  • If you plan to let your kitten outside or to stay outdoors, get an outdoor enclosure.
  • Choose a non-toxic, pet-safe, kitten-proofed, kitten-safe bed or nest where your kitten can stay.
  • If your kitten has a litter closet, unplug the inside of the closet from the wall to keep the kitten safe and to keep out spiders or any other dangers from the inside.
  • If possible, choose a kitten who's been around people. The more comfort your kitten has with people, the safer he will be, especially if you work all day.

Meet Her Basic Needs

Taking care of a new kitten can be a daunting task. But let me ease your worry. Even though new kittens can be very demanding and they need your full attention, you can do it! It is also a lot of fun!

It may seem like a daunting task, but remember you don’t have to think of everything at once. Little by little you will find it easier to manage. Keep things simple and take it a step at a time.

Once you’ve made your mind about getting a little furry bundle of joy, it’s time to prepare the required things for your kitten.

Below, I’ll be outlining a checklist on everything you need to get your kitten started.

These are the basic things you will need for your kitten. As time passes, you will find some other things you need. Your kitten will grow and so will your knowledge of her needs.