Bringing Your New Kitten Home

Bringing Your New Kitten Home

Use these ideas to help your new kitten make a smooth transition into your family.

Welcoming your new kitten into your home requires a lot of love, patience and preparation. With the right equipment and our tips, you can make your cat’s introduction to your home and family go smoothly.

Basic Supplies
Here's a list of items that will help you and your new kitten get off to a great start.

  • Bed or sleeping area
  • Water and food bowls
  • Toys
  • Litter box and litter
  • Cat carrier
  • Brushes and combs
  • Scratching post
  • Kitten food
  • A collar (and ID tag)

Provide a comfortable sleeping area to discourage your kitten from using the furniture. Check pet stores or make a bed using these instructions:

  1. Find a cardboard box with the sides intact. (A small box is good for a kitten. A larger cat should be able to stretch out while lying down.)
  2. Cut out a door opening on one side of the box.
  3. Line the box with an old blanket, a small pillow or a cushion covered in a washable fabric.
  4. Place the box in a warm, quiet spot.

Feeding Bowls


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  • Each pet in your house should have her own food and water bowl.
  • Choose bowls designed especially for cats (shallow, broad-based metal or ceramic).

Safe Toys
Cat toys, like toys for small children, are wonderful amusements, but should be chosen carefully. Use these tips:

  • Avoid toys with sharp edges or parts your kitten could swallow.
  • Choose soft toys that bounce (the bouncier, the better!)
  • Beware of yarn and toys with strings. Yarn and strings are dangerous if ingested. Supervise all play with these toys.

Use this article as a checklist and keep it somewhere where everyone in the family can read it. And once you’ve stocked up on all of your kitten’s necessities, feel confident your new feline friend will be in a welcoming environment.

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