Adopting a new kitten is one of the most exciting experiences for any cat lover. All kitty cats have their own one of a kind personality, unique characteristics and sometimes-even health considerations. Different considerations for different ages and types are important for the new cat owner to be aware of. Preparing your home for a new cat will help the transition be smooth and fun. When adopting a kitten (or two), making your home ‘kitten ready’ can really help the feline and family have a wonderful time while ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all involved.
New Kitten To Do List
Getting organized can be one of the best ways to prepare for a new kitten and lists can help you not only get organized, but stay organized. Start a kitten to do list that has the kitty supplies on one side and the kitty action items you will need to take. On your kitty supply list you will want to have all the essentials like kitten food, cat scratcher, toys and of course litter.
If your home is already blessed with a cat(s) be sure to buy enough litter boxes to add to your growing feline family. The rule of thumb for litter boxes is to have at least one more litter box than you have cats.
On your kitty action list you will want to include, ‘organize cords’, ‘secure cabinets’ and of course ‘remove all breakables from shelves’. Kittens are high energy and easily excitable. What is obvious to us to be a delicate piece of art could be a swatting playground for your kitten!
Simply putting together a list will also help you feel more prepared and give you the confidence to feel comfortable welcoming the little fur ball into your safe and fun environment.
Cat Bed and Nest
There is no doubt, kittens are high-strung balls of fire, but they also need and cherish their catnaps, even as babies. Can you believe they sleep up to 18 hours a day! That is a lot of sleeping! Making your kitten little nests to curl up and snooze safely will give them the chance to get the much needed rest they will have to take. Putting cozy blankets out for them to snuggle on is a great way to get them sleepy but in eye shot so you can adore your kitten even while she is in dreamland.
Dharma Dog Karma Cat has some of the most snuggly catnap nests you can find! Not only are they made of wool so your kitten will be especially comfortable, these nests are gorgeous. Accenting your home with nap nests this stunning will make you and your new kitten purr!
The nests are perfect for kittens too because they are machine washable. If your kitten has an accident in her nest, no worries, toss it in the washer and re-mold it when you take it out. The nests are also made of lanolin oil that is ideal for kittens to knead because it reminds them of their mother’s fur.
Having napping space for your kitten is key to your cat’s overall well being.
Kitten Safety Pack
There are many ways your kitten could find himself in the line of danger. Kittens are curious and can get into dangerous situations, which unfortunately can lead to injuries. Hopefully nothing will happen, but being prepared will not only give you peace of mind, you’ll be ready to jump into action if your kitten needs help right away.
Putting together a safety pack will be a real blessing in times of trouble. Be sure to include a carrier and a safe haven for your kitten to spend time in comfortably in the event you need to perhaps evacuate from your home. If you find yourself in a hotel or even in your car for an extended time due to a natural disaster or home fire, you will want to have a safe space for you kitten.
The Kritter Kommunity Pet Lodge is an ideal safe haven for your pet because it pops open in seconds. In addition, the Pet Lodge has pockets for you to keep your kitten’s supplies. A shoulder strap makes it easy to carry and the Pet Lodge even comes with anchors for the ground if you will be outside; the anchors will add some more stability. The Pet Lodge is great for traveling long distances if you go by plane because the clear side pouch can hold your contact information so you can check it if you are getting on a flight.
In addition to a pet pen, you will want to have a few packets of food, cans of food and a few toys to keep your kitten as comfortable as possible while she is displaced from her regular environment. The emergency pack should also act as a first aid kit for your new kitten so be sure to have the following in a special baggy even a clear large Ziploc baggy would be great!
Be sure to print out a list of contact names you may need if your kitten is injured or displaced such as your veterinarian, cat sitter and an emergency contact. Keep one copy of the contact list handy (perhaps on your fridge) and keep one copy in your kit.
If you take these steps prior to picking up your new kitten, you will have so much more mental and emotional peace to enjoy the little ball of furry fire now and as she grows up!
Kritter Kommunity Contributor