Thinking of buying a new cat? Bringing a new cat or kitten home will take some advanced preparation. Your new cat's natural curiosity could get him into everything.
Bringing a new cat or kitten home requires some advance planning. Your cat's natural curiosity will get him into everything. These tips will help you prepare for his arrival. Start by cat proofing your home as you would for a new baby. Remove flowers and house plants that are toxic to cats and use child safety locks wherever you store cleaning supplies. Protect your cat by securing electrical cords and keep cords that dangle from blinds out of reach. Use safety plugs in outlets and secure window screens. Get your playful cat an assortment of fun toys, a cat bed, and a scratching post. And set them up ahead of time. Practical supplies to get in advance include a cat carrier, grooming tools, such as a bristle brush, a cat tooth brush, toothpaste, and flea and tick prevention. Choose ceramic or stainless steel water and food bowls and initially continue to feed your cat the food he has been eating, so he doesn't get an upset stomach. If you decide to switch foods later, transition slowly over a period of 7 to 10 days. Get a litter box, litter mat, scoop, litter disposal system, and litter. You'll want to start with the litter your cat is used to. If you have more than one cat, the rule of thumb is one litter box per cat, plus one. Once you bring your new cat home, initially keep him in one room with all the supplies he needs. Give him time to adjust to his new surroundings, new people, and other pets. It could take him a few weeks to feel at home. Always introduce other pets to your new kitten slowly. Before you know it, your cat will feel right at home. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian within the first week to discuss vaccinations, spaying, or neutering, and proper nutrition. You can also ask for care specific to your cat. Preparing for your cat's first few weeks in his new home will make his transition a happy one.