Are you about to introduce a small and furry feline to your home? To help you get organised, here is your quick and easy new Kitten checklist – of the essential things your they will need.
This is to transport your kitten to your house and for trips to the vet. A carrier also provides a general safe place for any kitten under two months old.
Choose one that is going to last, and gives your kitten enough room to move around.
Food & water bowls
Food and water are essential for daily nourishment of your kitten, and of course, you’ll need bowls for eating from. These can be bought individually or as double ones. Stainless steel and ceramic are probably the best quality ones, but if you’re on a budget there are also plenty of plastic bowls available.
Make sure you clean them daily
This might not be the most exciting thing to shop for, but it’s important to introduce toilet training with a litter tray. They are generally inexpensive and easily available online. Keep it in a secluded place, away from food and water bowls.
Start off with a shallow pan for your kitten, so they can easily step out and over its edges.
Your kitten will need a different type of food to adult cats, because they are growing. Wet kitten food is widely available though. Why not try assortment packs, and find out which varieties your kitten prefers?
Your kitten will also like to play with toys, which will provide comfort and mental stimulation. There are a whole load of different ones out there, including things to chase around! MyMeow subscription boxes arrive monthly and are based on themes, which means that there will be a steady stream of toys and treats coming.
Make exits escape-proof
Your Kitten is a natural escapologist, and might feel a bit scared when in a different and unfamiliar place. Their natural reaction will be to try and get away.
That’s why you will have to take extra care to close even slightly ajar doors and open windows, and ensure front and back doors are securely shut. Tell family members – they should be aware of this and do the same!
While young puppies have a natural urge to chew things, with kittens it’s scratching. Providing a dedicated post will help fulfil the itch to scratch, without ruining your furniture.
Reward good behaviour and training with treats. You can find these in every MyMeow delivery!
A safe place to hide
Your kitten may run for cover in a new environment, which is normal behaviour when in an unfamiliar or new place. Quite possibly, you won’t have to find your cat’s hiding space for them. However, they may also like to rest in a safe place such as a box! MyMeow boxes are often the preferred place for this!
Worm and flea treatment
This is essential for keeping away fleas and worms. Getting your kitten to actually ingest the tablet, which is the form it normally comes in, can be a little tricky. You might want to try breaking it up into small pieces and sprinkling on food.
Collar and ID tag
A collar with a bell is a way to keep an ear on the whereabouts of your kitten. Get one with a snap – to allow your kitten to breakaway, in case it gets caught in something while playing. You should also get an ID tag with your kitten’s name, your phone number and preferably your address as well – in case of wandering too far.
You can either get a kitten bed, or one that yours is going to grow into, i.e. a larger adult cat one. If you opt for the latter, pad it out with blankets to make it more fitting for your kitten’s size. It is also best to consider whether the bed is made from washable materials.
So there it is – your new kitten checklist. Have we missed anything out? If so, let us know in the comments below. Have fun preparing for your new kitten to arrive.
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