There is nothing better than having a kitten to liven up your home. These sweet adorable furballs will have you and your guests entertained. If you have kids they will be the best playmates for them and it will also help your kids learn to take care and build their skills of having the responsibility of another living creature. If you are wondering how to get started and what you need to be able to take care of your first cat, you have come to the right place. What you will need to get started:
- A Special Area in your house
Your kitten will need their own little area to be in, this will not only be for their comfort and benefit but it will also make cleaning up a lot easier for you. Wherever you choose to place your kitten, be sure to have a window for enough sunlight to enter and for your kitten to be able to see outside. A window perch will be perfect if your budget allows for it, here are some recommended products, click images for more detail
- A Litter Box
This is a must if you don’t want to have cat poop all over the house! Your kitten will have to get used to his litter box just like everything else and he will have to learn how to use it. It may take some time for him to get it right but with a little help from his owners it may be much sooner. He will find a spot that you will notice he is always using as his poop area, place the litter box in that spot. If he refuses to use the litter box then you may have to change the type of litter brand. Cats tend to have their own preference when coming to what they poop in!
Litter boxes come in various shapes and sizes and there are a lot of options to choose from.
- Food and Water Bowls
Yes you need these. Food and water should be in separate bowls and when choosing the bowls make sure it’s the right size for your kitten or cat. Stainless steel and ceramic bowls are much preferred over plastic because it is easier to clean and also because the plastic tends to host bacteria and fungi. It also causes cat acne. Wash bowls everyday to keep them clean and bacteria free.
Cats love to sleep! When choosing a bed for your cat make sure it’s very soft and comfortable because this is where they will spend most of their time. Having a bed for your cat doesn’t mean that he will not find other places to sleep, like on top your bed or your couch. If you want to keep him on his own bed then you will have to choose a bed that he will not want to part with. There are many options to choose from.
- Toys, Toys and more Toys
Kittens love to play, indoors and out. If you let your kitten outside they will find lots of things to keep them entertained and will run after nearly everything down to a leaf! But indoors you would want to have special toys for them not only for you to bond with your pet but to also help with their development and skills.
See also article on How to keep your cat occupied while you are at work for more options.
Taking care of your cat and making sure he looks good may take some time but it’s also bonding time for both of you. Grooming is an essential part to your kitty’s start in having a healthy and happy life. A few things you will need to get started are:A stainless steel comb
A bristle brush
A flea Comb
A nailclipper designed for cats
- Scratching Posts/Furniture
Scratching and clawing on furniture is a cat’s way of stretching his muscles and it’s their way of claiming territory, in other words there is no way to prevent them from doing it so in order to keep them off your furniture and to start off with a good relationship with your pet you should invest in a scratching post. Recommended reading article on how to stop your cat from clawing the furniture will give you some good ideas and tips.
- Cat Collars and Carriers
Cat Collars are good for both indoor and outdoor pets. It’s a safe way of keeping your cat close to you and also it should contain an identification tag. Cat collars are also a cute way of personalizing their looks.
A Carrier is a must when you have to travel with your pet. By no means try to carry your pet to the vet in a vehicle without a carrier! Nothing is worse than having a scared kitten jumping around in your vehicle.
- A visit to the vet
Depending on where you get your new kitten/cat, it’s a good idea to find out when was their last visit to the vet or if it all. If not then it will be a good idea to carry your kitten for a check-up to make sure everything is good and when they will be needing any vaccinations or for any other health advice.
These are just a few things to get you started in preparing for that big day! You don’t want to have to be running around like a fish out of water the night you bring your new kitten home to realise that you don’t have one of these items.