Tips for Bringing Home a New Cat or Kitten
Planning on bringing home a new furry family member? What can you do to prepare? Here we share our best tips to prepare for your new cat’s arrival.
This article was written by a FirstVet vet
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Cat-Proof Your Home
There are many things to think about to ensure your home is safe for your new pet. Cats and kittens are naturally curious. You can be sure they’ll find their way into mischief if allowed! Some things to consider include:
- Windows and balconies: Keep them closed or ensure that each window has a secure screen in place.
- Plants: Cats enjoy eating plants. Make sure you don't have poisonous plants in the house. Some common toxic plants can be found on the ASPCA Pet Poison Control website.
- Hazardous items: Often seen as toys by cats, electric cords, hair bands, string, balls, needles, cords, and beads can be dangerous if chewed or swallowed.
- Toxic chemicals: examples include detergents, glycol, rat poisons, disinfectants, and antifungal agents
- Medications: Make sure all medicines are carefully locked away. Common medications, such as aspirin, can be fatal for a cat.
The most important things your new cat needs are shelter, food, water, and your love. Here’s our list of some other “must-haves”:
- Food and water bowl (avoid plastic if possible)
- Cat food: consult your veterinarian for recommendations
- Litter tray and cat litter
- Cat bed or basket
- Harness and leash (if you want to harness train your kitten)
- Scratching post
- Nail clippers
- Toothbrush and cat-specific toothpaste
- Accessories for grooming such as brush and shampoo (cats often prefer dry shampoo)
Purchase Pet Insurance
An insurance policy for your new cat should be purchased on the same day you adopt it. Many policies cover wellness visits and preventatives like vaccines and deworming. If your cat is ill or has an accident, insurance is important to cover medical expenses.
“Back to Normal” After COVID-19
If your time at home has increased due to the pandemic, it’ll be important to prepare your pet to spend time alone once you return to work. For more information, read our article about preventing separation anxiety after your COVID-19 quarantine.
Good luck with your new fur-ever friend!
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