Bringing a new kitten into your home is a big decision. There are many things to consider before choosing the right furry companion for your family. Doing your research before bringing your new friend home on their required care, food, and necessities will help to ensure a smooth homecoming. Here are a few items we suggest getting before bringing home your new kitten.
Bedding: Most cats prefer a quiet place to rest and escape the sounds of a busy family. They can be quite picky about “their spot” so give them time to get familiar with their new environment. Soon they will settle on a perfect place for them and will love a soft comfy pet bed to curl up in.
Carrier: Essential for traveling with your kitten and taking them to their annual veterinary
Collar: A cat should always have a breakaway collar on to help get them safely back home sooner in the event they get out of the house. The collar should include their registration tag as well as their microchip tag.
Food, Bowls, & Waterer: There is such a wide variety of options out there for your kitten as far as foods, waterers, and bowls. Some tips: Ask your veterinarian for suggestions of proper kitten food. Opt for stainless steel bowls in lieu of plastic, and to promote hydration, look for a constant flow waterer. Cats prefer moving water as opposed to standing water.
Litter Box: A must-have for kittens/cats to use instead of going outside where it is unsafe. Make sure to purchase litter and a scoop to keep it clean, preferably daily so your kitten will continue to use it, instead of your floor, to do their business. Potty training can take some time, so stick with it. If you have any questions or would like some helpful tips, give us a call.
Toys: Kittens and cats are curious characters and love to play, hunt, and pounce. Selecting toys that allow them to act out their natural instincts will help to keep them happy and healthy. Exercise is important for everyone, especially indoor pets.
If you have any questions or concerns about your new kitten, call your Washington, DC veterinarian today at 703-356-5000. We would love to meet them, give them a quick cuddle, and ensure that they are healthy and will enjoy their new family for a very long time.