Before bringing your new kitten or cat home, you should prepare by buying a few items that are necessary to a cat's comfort and hygiene. Here's what you'll need before bringing that furry little friend home:
- Litter box with supply of fresh litter. Typically cats learn how to use a litter box quickly on their own. Simply show your cat where you have placed the litter box and allow them to sniff around, and your cat should start using it in no time. We recommend buying a litter box with high side and back walls, as kittens tend to be very playful and might try to kick some of the litter out of the box!
- Food and water bowls with your choice of kitten food (unless the cat is over one year old--in that case purchase adult cat food). Your vet will be able to give you suggestions on the healthiest brands to buy for your kitten.
- Toys. Remember that a kitten is like a little kid. That means he or she will have lots of playful energy. Cats love chasing plush little toys, and it's a great way to bond with your new pet. It's also a good idea to buy a scratching post to give your little kitty an alternative to scratching up the furniture!
- Small kennel for transportation. Cats tend to want to hide when they feel frightened, so it can also be helpful to have a little cat kennel where your new kitten can retreat to in the first few days of transition to a new home.
- A cat brush to remove excess hair and reduce shedding. Plus, cats love being brushed!
Financial Responsibilities of Owning a Cat
In addition to the items you need to purchase before bringing your new kitten home, you should also make sure that you are aware of all the financial responsibilities of owning a cat. In addition to paying for cat food and litter on a regular basis, your kitten will need vaccinations, scheduled checkups with the vet, and it will need to be neutered or spayed if this has not already been done before adoption. In addition, depending on where you live your town might require a cat registration fee. For example, in Overland Park the fee is $10 for spayed/neutered pets and $20 for pets that have not been spayed or neutered. Also keep in mind that if you live in a rental property, there may be a fee for owning a pet.
Petland Overland Park Has the Kitten for You
Visit Petland Overland Park today to find the perfect kitten for your home. Call us today at (913) 498-9814 to speak to one of our Pet Counselors about our kittens.