Are you preparing to bring your new kitty home? Is your house ready for it? Do you have everything your furry friend is going to need?
If food, litter box, and some toys are the first things to come to mind, you’re a good cat owner already. However, the list is going to have to be a lot longer than that.
The right food
If you’re getting an adult cat, it’s best that you have a chat with the previous owner and get the food she’s accustomed to. If you get a cat from a breeder, chances are that he’s going to strongly recommend a specific type of food for your cat.
Don’t know exactly where your cat is coming from? Here are some tips:
- Kittens- they need a lot of proteins and fats so you should buy food with “Complete and balanced Nutrition” on the label. You want to give them food specially formulated for kittens.
- Adult cats- canned foods are the best option. However, some cats are used to dry food only and most really like dry foods.
Food& water bowls
Basically, any ceramic (non-lead glazed) or stainless steel bowl is going to work for the cat. You want your cat to have her dishes and you should stay away from plastic dishes. The risk for your cat for developing a chin rash from plastic isn’t null.
You may choose from an impressive variety of non-tip stainless steel bowls. Some cats really go for the decorated ceramic models, but you need to make sure that the glaze is lead-free.
Another great thing to try is the automatic food and water servers. If you’re gone from home for a long time, don’t hesitate to look for pet cameras that feature also treat dispensers. Not only that you get to take a look at your cat throughout the day, but your cat gets a nice treat any now and then. Surveillance monitoring is quite a common thing about pet owners nowadays.
Litter box &litter
You should get a litter box, no matter if your cat stays inside or outside the house. A sizable box with high sides is going to be a good choice for a grown cat- she is going to throw the litter around a lot. You may find simple or sophisticated options- it’s your budget that helps you decide which model you’re going to buy.
A low box is going to be the best choice for kittens as they need to be able to get in pretty easy. you should also place a mat under the box for catching stray litter. A cheap linoleum or carpet may work too.
A nice bed- not fundamental!
A first-time cat owner is going to allow the cat to sleep in their own bed. No matter how tempting that may feel, you should create a special and cozy place for your cat to nap. It should be easy to wash, comfortable and spacious so that your cat curls up nice and easy. it shouldn’t be too big though, as you don’t want your cat to feel vulnerable and exposed.
If you’re determined to bond with your kitten/cat, the grooming time is the best time for that. A rubber-backed pin brush or a fine-toothed comb are good options. Even a nail clipper especially designed for cats is going to work. Clip the nails of your kittens at an early age; it’s going to be easier in the long run.
Cats love playing and any cat owner knows that. The “dangling lure”, the “fishing pole”- they’re great examples of interactive toys. Look for the well-made toys as cats may tear off feathers. Catnip mice are also a fun option for a cat. Don’t forget about the climbing posts or the kitty houses either. Want to take it to another level? Spend the extra buck on a custom built “cat furniture”. Your cat is going to love it!
Don’t fight it: your cat is going to scratch, no matter what’s your take about that. Get a nice and solid scratching post right from the beginning. It doesn’t matter how complicated or simple it is- just get it already. You can find commercially-made scratching posts that have catnip scent applied so that your cat is more interested in it. A cardboard scratcher may work also when your budget is tight.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going away with your cat or not; you need a cat carrier even when you take her to the vet. Look for a model with fiberglass bottom or some tough plastic. a screened opening for the cat to look through and a secure latch is important as well. do you plan to travel a lot with your cat? Buy a heavy-duty cloth airline-approved carrier right from the beginning.
How to help your cat feel comfy in the new home?
No matter how excited you are for the coming of your new furry friend, don’t forget that the whole experience may be quite stressful for your cat. Cats are territorial animals and moving them into a new space isn’t that thrilling- it’s rather nerving consuming for them.
Here are some tips to follow for smoothing the transition:
Offer her the scents of home
cats produce pheromones (just like many animals) which they use for marking their territory and communicate with other cats. When your cat is rubbing her fact on you or an object, she’s actually releasing a pheromone. She turns that object into something familiar and safe.
You may find calming diffusers that are easing the whole transition. You need to plug it in a couple of days before you bring the cat into your home.
Prepare the home
This step is about getting all the things we’ve listed before. Here’s a quick reminder:
- Food and water- drinking water is going to help a cat sooth so make sure she has fresh water at all time. don’t be surprised if she’s not going to eat much in the beginning; she may not be hungry from the stress of moving
- Litter box and litter- take your time when selecting the model. Place it in a less-trafficked part of your home, away from the food bowl. Don’t put in in a noisy area as may not use it at all.
- Toys and other accessories- you may start bonding with your cat and some cute toys are going to help.
Give her time
Your cat is going to need a couple of days to get used to the new home and her new family. Don’t push her and let her choose some safe spaces to hide until she gets more comfortable in the new home. As long as she has access to food, water, and the litter box all the time, you shouldn’t stress much if you barely see her in the first couple of days. Do you have other pets? Talk to your vet about the best ways to make introduce your cat to the pets you already have. They may increase the stress of your new furry friend.
.Create safe spaces for exploration
It’s only a matter of time until your cat is going to begin to explore every single cranny and nook of her new home. Don’t be surprised to see her all over the house: the tops of the cabinets, the countertops, the bookshelves (no matter how high) are amazingly interesting for a cat. While she’s on this new adventure, you may want to put away the breakables and hide the small items that your cat may swallow (paperclips and whatnots). Never leave any tempting food either. Play it safe and simply block access to any spaces that pose a danger for your cat.
Don’t forget about the vet visit
This isn’t a thing to buy, but rather a thing you need to do. Unless your cat/kitten comes home with proof of vaccinations, recent veterinary visit, test results for various medical conditions and diseases, the vet clinic is the first place to go with your pet.