Adopting a new cat is one of the most rewarding experiences any pet parent gets to go through. But for newcomers to the world of pet adoption, bringing home a new cat can also be a nerve-wracking experience.
With this handy checklist you can ensure that you’re right on top of introducing your new favorite feline to their new forever home.
Here are the five most important things to know when bringing a new kitty home.
1. Stock Up On Food
Your new cat is going to need food and water, so make sure you have a decent supply in stock before you bring your kitty home.
Whether you go with a dry food diet or wet food — or a combination of both — you’re going to need a suitable feeding bowl.
Find a convenient spot in your home to place the cat’s food bowl, and be mindful of placing it in a high traffic area where the cat might feel disturbed while chowing down. It’s also a good idea to pick up a waterproof mat to place underneath the bowl to make cleaning up any spills a cinch.
Finally, don’t forget to grab some treats! Not only do they make great positive reinforcement aids, but some brands are even specially formulated to help with feline dental hygiene.
2. Stock Up On Essential Cat Supplies
Beyond food, you’ll also need to ensure that you have a litter box, litter, and a litter scoop.
Ask your veterinarian or cat-focused friends for their views on the various types of cat litters available, including sustainable and eco-friendly brands.
A cat carrier is also a must when transporting your new kitty home! Opt for something comfortable, and make sure your cat has enough space in it to turn around and find a spot they like.
3. Get Ready For Play Time
It’s important for your cat’s mental and physical health to provide enough play and exercise activities.
Put together a selection of toys that include ones that your cat can chase around, toys that encourage their stalking instincts, and treat puzzle toys that will stimulate their mind.
If you have the space, also consider adding a cat tree to your home. This will allow the cat a private hangout area and also satisfy their climbing instincts.
You’ll also want to pick up a cat scratching post or cardboard equivalent. Scratching is a natural habit for cats, so provide a safe place for them to carry out their scratching!
4. Cat-Proof Your Home
Cat-proofing your home for a new feline addition can sound daunting, but it’s really just about taking away any opportunities for the kitty to get hurt.
Make sure all your windows lock, close properly, and are fitted with screens. While checking the windows, also make sure that there aren’t any cords on the blinds or curtains that could become hazardous to a playful feline.
It’s also advisable to make sure that you don’t have any computer cables or phone chargers laying around. These could become choking hazards.
5. Create A Private Cat Room
You’ll want to earmark a small room in the house to introduce your new cat to their new forever home. Bathrooms and utility closets can be ideal for this.
The small size helps put the cat at ease and allows them to get used to their new environment without feeling threatened.
Don’t forget to place the cat’s litter box and food bowls in the room. This way they can get used to carrying out their essential daily business in a safe and secure fashion.
Have you recently adopted and brought home a new kitty? What essential tips did you learn during the experience? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below!