Pandora American Shorthair

Kitten Supplies: Essentials for Bringing Home a New Kitten

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

 

In order to be prepared for the day when you bring home your new feline friend, you’ll need to have a few new kitten essentials on hand. Whether you choose to adopt from a breeder, local animal shelter or from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a new kitten can be a fun and exciting way for you to have a companion in your home. This organization recommends investing in the following new kitten essentials:

  • A water bowl
  • A food dish
  • Kitten food
  • Litter box and litter
  • Toys
  • A scratching post
  • A collar with identification
  • A cat bed
  • Grooming and other health/personal care items

 

For additional peace of mind, you may consider a permanent identification microchip for your new kitten.

 

Retailer PetSmart suggests buying a kitten carrier as part of your new kitten essentials. Most retailers offer a variety of different kitten and cat carriers, which will help you to transport your new pet, whether for short distances or long. Carriers range from soft-sided bags to plastic and metal carriers with a door and a convenient handle.

 

Choose a Veterinarian

Familiarize yourself with a local veterinarian’s office or choose a veterinarian who can help you care for your new kitten. A veterinarian will ensure that your kitten receives the appropriate medical attention it requires. For example, a veterinarian will administer vaccinations and discuss spaying or neutering the kitten.

 

Beyond the Basics

While new kitten essentials will make your new pet feel at home, you should first carefully consider whether adoption is the right choice for you. Your new kitten should suit your lifestyle. Since any pet will depend on you for a long-term commitment, you need to be willing and able to accommodate your cat’s needs for about the next two decades. Be aware that there are other on-going costs and unexpected demands associated with caring for a pet.

 

A few do’s and don’ts can make your new kitten’s environment happy and safe:

  • Do allow him or her time to get used to a new environment.
  • Do expect your kitten to scratch and claw (and make provisions for that).
  • Do establish a daily routine for your kitten that includes feeding, exercise and play.
  • Do train and socialize your kitten.
  • Don’t expect too much too soon.
  • Don’t let your kitten roam around outside unless he or she is on a lead or under your supervision.
  • Don’t physically punish or scream at your kitten for what you may consider to be inappropriate behavior.



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