The Essentials For Your New Cat Or Kitten

Bringing home a new kitten is an active time with much to keep in mind and lots to enjoy. There are also some precautions that you might want to take before bringing the little fluffy ball of energy into your home to help reduce the risk of something bad happening shopping.

Kitten shopping

The checklist of items you need for your new arrival is as long or as short as you want it to be. There are a few essentials which can be simply unmissable – food and water bowls, a litter box, a puppy bed, toys and much more likely a scratching post are these. Set up a platform camp for the kitten where their food and water is, their bed and scratching post. Where you set the litter box is more depending on the other uses of the area and where it’s – upstairs isn’t the best place for kitten litter smells when you initially wake each day! This will be the area that the kitten can retreat to when they turn into a little overwhelmed by their new home so ideally is likely to be without any kids and other animals.

Other shopping items you may want to take into account include a brush or comb to learn them from a young age to be groomed and a collar in case something happens and they somehow get outside. You can also look at other cat furniture such as for instance shelves if you believe you will want to add these.

Kitten-proofing

Next, you need to take a long look at home and try to think such as for instance a kitten. Look at areas such as exposed wires that little teeth can have the urge to chew and could result in an awful electric shock. Some owners put childproof plug covers in empty sockets to make certain no claws choose to investigate them.

Look at slatted furniture and blinds, as they’re common causes of accidents around the house. If the kitten can squeeze their head through something, see if you can adjust it or cover it. With blinds, tie up any trailing cords as they could often be trapped inside them with terrible results. Perhaps even consider removing slatted blinds for some time because of the risks involved.

Hide away any bottles, particularly cleaning products, as curious paws want to knock things over and investigate the results. Again, this could result in an awful accident or worse. If they are stored in cupboards that won’t close, child-proof locks might be recommended as cats are adept at opening doors if you have a hole to slide their paws into.

When you yourself have a recliner or other motorised furniture, be sure you know where the kitten is before using it. Horror stories about kittens caught in mechanisms aren’t common but has happened and a moment’s precaution is better than the alternative. Similarly, when turning on a washer or dryer, make certain no-one has crept into that nice warm, dark space for a nap.