Prepare your home
Before you bring your new feline friend home, there are a few things you’ll want to do to prepare for their arrival. Some may seem obvious, like making sure you’ve set up a food and water bowl, but other considerations may not be as clear.
#Prepare your home
Find a veterinarian
Choosing a veterinarian is an important step in properly caring for your kitten. You want to find a vet that specializes in cats, as they are different from dogs and have specific health concerns. Your vet should be equipped to perform basic services like vaccines, checkups, and spay/neuter surgeries, and they should also have an emergency plan for after hours. It’s okay if the vet doesn’t have all of these things in-house—you just need to feel comfortable with their process for getting your kitten treatments outside of regular business hours.
Your veterinarian should be available by phone or email before you bring your new kitten home to answer any questions you may have about nutrition and behavior. Finally, make sure your vet will do an initial exam and vaccinations before you take your new cat home.
Find a trainer and/or behavior consultant
Next, you’ll want to find out where the local trainers and behavior consultants are so that they can be in your contact list in case you need them. You can usually find them through a veterinarian recommendation, or simply by asking your neighbors who have cats. If that doesn’t work, you can always search online for a trainer in your area.
Don’t forget to save their number in your phone! That way if there ever comes a time when you need one, they will be just a button press away!
Before you bring your new kitty home, make sure you have everything you’ll need to keep them comfy and safe. New kittens are both distractable and hyperactive, so it’s important to be prepared for any situation. You’ll need:
- A litter box
- Litter liner
- Cat litter
- Food and water bowls (or a single dish that serves both purposes)
- Cat food
- Toys—kittens love balls and things they can chase
- Beds or some other place your kitten can sleep comfortably in addition to the furniture you already have in your home (a cardboard box works)
- A scratching post—this will save your couch!
- A cat carrier if you plan on traveling with your feline friend—they’ll also need one if they ever go to the vet’s office or get boarded while you’re out of town. These can double as a secure hiding spot for a shy kitten. * Grooming supplies, like a cat brush or grooming wipes. If your kitten has long fur, investing in clippers for their nails is also well-advised. Even cats whose fur doesn’t grow too long will benefit from having their nails trimmed regularly. * An identification tag and collar that fits properly without being too tight
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Bring home an adorable kitten!
Once you’ve gotten all the other checklist items out of the way, it’s time to bring home your new kitten! Do not forget to do this part, because then he or she will be very sad and lonely. Even if you only get one kitten, a friend is always nice. Just remember when your feline sweetheart starts pouncing on your feet that they are still a little terror in a tiny body.
But all of this will be worth it because after you’ve brought home your new friend, you’ve earned yourself a best friend for life! Your heart will melt every time your special little snowflake purrs and cuddles with you. Your Instagram feed will be filled with pictures of them being adorable and doing silly things (if you’re into that sort of thing). You’ll have endless entertainment watching their antics.