New Kitten Checklist
by Jessi Klein
Congrats on deciding to get a new kitty! Do you have everything you need?
This new kitten checklist has all you need to get ready for your new pal!
There are some things you’ll need for your kitten to help take care of them and make sure they’re fed. We’ll cover those essentials that you’ll want to get right away. Then we’ll also throw in a few things that go above & beyond what’s required to show your cat some extra love & care. We may even cover some things you haven’t thought of!
Things You Need for a New Kitten:
- Cat food & treats
- Litter & a litter box – a litter mat is a good idea too
- Toys for them to play with
- A bed or shelter
- A scratching post
- A collar & harness
- Grooming tools & shampoo
Cat Food & Treats
First, and most importantly in our new kitten checklist, you’re going to need to make sure your new kitten stays fed.
You’ll have the option of feeding wet or dry food. Wet food is usually easier to digest with the added moisture, but messier & generally more expensive. Dry food is usually fine for younger cats and easier to store deal with. As long as you’re choosing a good brand either should work fine.
For a young kitten you’ll want to have a kitten specific food as they’re growing fast and need extra nutrition. Some good brands according to CertaPet & My Pet Needs That include Wellness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, BLUE Wilderness & Hill’s Science Diet. The Wellness Core & Wellness Kitten brands ranked at the top of kitty food lists.
Treats aren’t essential like food, but they’re great to have around for rewarding your kitty and having fun. Catnip can be useful as a training aid. You can use it to attract kitties to the toys they should be playing with or away from scratching a couch and toward a scratching post.
There are a few cat home essentials to include in our new kitten checklist and a few extras you can add on if you’d like. The essentials include a litter box, litter & a mat to catch stray litter (which will make cleanup easier).
Then you can add in items like a scratching post to give the kitty a place for approved scratching. You can also make them feel more at home with a bed or perch.
Toys are a great way to encourage you cat’s playfulness. These toys are attention grabbing, and fun for you and your cat to play with.
You’ll need a couple basics to keep your cat safe and make sure they’re identified if they roam. You’ll need a collar and some identification, and if you want you can get a leash to bring your cat outside if you don’t want it to stray too far.
Cats are great self groomers, but will need some extra love and care to keep them in great health. It’s a good idea to start brushing & grooming a kitty when it’s young so it’s used to it as it gets older.