Did you know that patting an animal can relieve stress and that the cat’s purring is healing? These adorably cute creatures do not only fill our lives with joy but they have ways to make our lives better. If you are welcoming a new cat in your home, or recently decided to adopt one, then you are in for plenty of unforgettable moments, both fun and silly.
To make the new addition to your family as comfortable as possible from the first time they set paw in your home you need to prepare yourself and your home. We have a checklist of the essential cat supplies that you will need to make everyone’s life easier.
What Kind of Supplies Do Cats Need?
Keeping a cat or a young kitten is quite simple actually, so if you are a first-time owner of a pet, take things in stride. Don’t spend a fortune on accessories that your cat might not like or play with. Start with the essential supplies for a cat, and once you get to know your kitty’s character you can get additional stuff. There are several items you’ll need from the very beginning:
Food and Water Bowls
You’ll need bowls for both food and water. It’s best to have them separate and placed a bit further from each other since, according to experts, some cats don’t like their food and water together. And definitely put them further away from the litter box because cats don’t want to relieve themselves close to where they eat. That makes sense, right? Look for bowls that are easy to clean and preferably made of stainless steel or ceramic. If you have a small kitten, make sure the bowl is shallower so it can reach it. Automatic feeders and water dispensers can be helpful if you’re away from home during mealtimes.
What food you feed your cat depends on its age firstly. Kittens need nutritious, protein-rich foods, and older cats may require a special diet specifically formulated for them. Choose a high-quality cat food that meets your cat’s specific dietary needs. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations if you’re unsure. When it comes to treats, they can be used for training and as occasional rewards. Make sure they are appropriate for cats and not harmful to their health.
A litter box is essential for indoor cats. There are various types you can choose from, including traditional boxes and self-cleaning options. Select a cat litter that your cat prefers and that controls odours effectively. Clumping and non-clumping varieties are available. Don’t forget the litter scoop. This tool is essential for daily cleaning of the litter box. You might also find a mat placed under the litter box can help contain stray litter and make clean-up easier.
Cats love to have a comfortable and cosy place to sleep. Although a lot of cats would sleep anywhere, a cat bed provides a designated spot for them. This warm and soft spot will make them feel safe, especially when they are still young and not used to the new surroundings. You can find amazing soft microfleece beds that trap kitty dander and have washable covers.
Another important part of the supplies for a cat is the crate or carrier. You’ll need a carrier for trips to the vet and other travel situations. A secure and well-ventilated carrier is best. It needs to provide easy access, and if it can be converted to a sleeper, all the better. Look for sturdy construction with enough space.
- Toys: Cats, especially kittens, love to play and they need mental and physical stimulation. But you will learn soon that they can be quite picky and won’t play with just any toy. Try different types of toys and see which ones they prefer. Toys, such as feather wands, balls, and interactive toys, can keep them entertained. Bear in mind though, that they will enjoy more if you play with them. This is not only a great way to burn off energy, but an excellent opportunity to bond.
- Scratching Post: Cats have a natural instinct to scratch. Providing a scratching post will save your furniture and satisfy this need. Most cats prefer tall scratching trees as they can fully stretch out. Make sure the scratching post is sturdy and doesn’t tip over. Scratching pads and mats can provide additional surfaces for your cat to scratch and play on.
- Flea and Tick Prevention: Depending on where you live, you may need to use flea and tick prevention cat products recommended by your veterinarian.
- Cat Shampoo and Grooming Supplies: These are useful for giving your cat baths when necessary. Depending on your cat’s breed and coat length, you may need brushes, combs, and nail clippers for grooming.
- Cat Dental Care Products: Dental health products are essential for cats, although not often part of the kitten supplies. Consider toothbrushes, toothpaste, or dental treats recommended by your vet.
Just in Case
- Cat Collar: If you plan to let your cat outdoors, a collar with an ID tag containing your contact information is important. Ensure it has a quick-release mechanism for safety in case the animal gets caught in something.
- Cat First Aid Kit: It’s a good idea to have basic first aid supplies on hand in case of minor injuries.
- Cat Insurance: While not a physical supply, having pet insurance can provide peace of mind in case your cat needs medical care.
All in all, when adopting a pet, you need to be patient. Accidents and mishaps are bound to happen. Give the cat and yourself some time to get used to each other and don’t expect that everything will go smoothly in the beginning. Remember that your cat’s specific needs may vary based on their age, health, and individual preferences. Regular visits to the veterinarian will also help ensure you’re providing the right care for your cat. Once you get the grips of it, you can enjoy all the fun and joy of living with these adorable creatures.