Getting a new kitten is incredibly exciting as cats make a great addition to a home. Kittens are playful, with lots of energy, and require certain considerations to help them thrive in their new environment, so it’s important to be as well prepared as possible.
If you’re feeling a little lost or overwhelmed with what you’ll need for your new furry friend, this checklist for new kitten owners is a great place to start.
What should I think about before getting a kitten?
Before you welcome your new pet into your home, there are several things you may want to consider to ensure you’re fully prepared to take care of a new kitten.
- Cost – It’s vital you consider the cost of things like food, grooming, litter tray, toys, pet insurance, regular flea and worming treatment, and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.
- Home environment – Is your home going to be safe for a cat? Consider whether you live next to a busy road and if your house has enough space for a cat (with plenty of safe spaces for your new kitten). Do you have other pets? Think about anything you may need to adapt to make your home cat friendly.
- Time – Do you have enough time to properly take care of your new kitten? Kittens can require a lot of time and attention, so you should carefully consider whether this is suitable for your lifestyle. If you work long hours, your kitten may end up alone for long periods of time throughout the day.
Essential checklist for new kitten owners:
This checklist will help you get set up for the arrival of your new pet:
- Cat food and water
• Food and water bowls
• Cat litter and tray (to be kept far away from your cat’s food and water)
• A comfortable bed
• Access to a high spot (A place where they can view their surroundings)
• A scratching post
• Toys – kittens love to play, so it’s very important to keep them entertained in their new home.
• A brush
• A cat carrier – your kitten may need several trips to the vet for vaccinations and check-ups, so it’s key you have a safe way to transport them.
• Kitten insurance – looking after your kitten is a long commitment, and can sometimes come with unexpected injuries, illnesses or accidents. To help with the cost, and ensure your kitten gets the best care that it deserves, consider purchasing kitten insurance.
Home adjustments, which could include:
- Installing a cat flap
• Setting up a safe space for your kitten to sleep
• Securing windows and cabinets
• Cleaning up wires and cables
• Getting rid of any poisonous plants
• Setting up food, water, and toilet areas (which should all be in different locations)