The decision has been made, all things have been considered and this is the right choice for you. Soon you will be welcoming a cat into the home. It is wise to prepare ahead of time to ensure you have everything you need and an appropriate place to put it.
First, the house; think as if child-proofing it. Some rules can be relaxed once you and your cat get to know each other and kitty is observing limitations. Good luck with that one. Any plants or breakables you think kitty can get to, and those you are convinced they couldn’t possibly reach, put in a safe place. Medicines, household cleaners or similar cat-dangers are best behind cabinet doors. Put away elastic bands, plastic grocery bags, needles, pins and any small objects kitty could eat or stick in itself.
- Cat carrier
- Food and water bowls
- Litter box and scoop
- Scratching post or cat tree
- Sticky roller or similar device to remove cat fur from clothes and furniture
Choose one that fits the cat and is easy to carry with the cat in. Latches need to be secure and easy to open and close. Line the bottom with a blanket or similar. Make certain all latches are firmly locked when kitty is on board. Ensure the carrier fits in the car.
Food and water bowls:
Any type of shallow easy clean bowl will suffice. Food and water dispensers are good options. Bear in mind flat faced breeds require a larger bowl to allow them to reach the food and water. Feeding areas needs to be in a different location from the litter box. Many cats will not use a litter box near their food. Both have to be easily accessible at all times; ensure no one can trip over them.
For the first few days, aim to feed the same diet kitty was used to. You can change gradually once kitty is settled. It will help avoid digestive tract issues.
Litter box and scoop:
An average size plain uncovered litter box is adequate for most cats. A large cat will need a large box. For a kitten start small and low-sided to ensure it can climb in and out. Increase the size as the kitten grows. Clumping scent free litter is adequate. Metal litter scoops are the easiest to use and clean. Remember; save grocery bags to scoop the clumps into. Location; should be quiet and private. See Food and Water Bowls.
Scratching post or cat tree:
A scratching post is the place for kitty to scratch instead of the furniture. It is also a cat stretching and exercise device. Scratching posts should be taller than the cat at full stretch. If space permits, a cat tree with scratching post is ideal and will be appreciated. It gives a cat its own personal place where it can sit up high and observe the goings-on on around it. Well-built, sturdy and reasonably priced scratching posts and condos, perfect for most decors, are available at Cat Connection in Phoenix.
Offer a soft open bed, a covered type or both. If you opt for a cat tree, it will include an alternate place for kitty to sleep. Find a quiet and secluded spot for kitty’s bed.
A few different textured mice, balls and toy on a string should suffice for now. You are guaranteed to end up with a house full.
The need for brushes and combs is dependent on the type and length of your cat’s fur.
Sticky roller or similar:
Unless your furniture, your wardrobe and your guests’ wardrobes match your cat, you will need these.
Now you have the basics set up and are ready to welcome your new companion home.