There are a lot of things you will require, to keep your new kitten comfortable and happy in her new home.
Consider these essentials:
- Sturdy cat carrier, lined with a small cat cushion or towel
- Food and water bowls
- Litter tray and litter scoop, plus a bag of cat litter
- Kitten food for at least one week
- At least one cosy kitten bed
- Sturdy scratching post
- Kitten grooming brush
- Kitten toys
- Contact details of your local vet
Ensure that your cat carrier is sturdy enough to use for travelling. Get your kitten used to the carrier – if you only use it for trips to the vet, she’ll run away whenever you bring it out! Put the carrier in the middle of the room and leave it open. Put a towel or small cushion inside for comfort.
Food and water bowls
Use a shallow dish or saucer. Most cats don’t like eating out of deep bowls – those high sides interfere with their sensitive whiskers.
Begin with a small litter tray. Your kitten’s little legs might struggle with bigger ones. Make sure the tray has at least one low side that she can easily climb over. It’s a good idea to put newspaper under the tray – or a mat that’s easy to clean – to catch any stray litter granules. If you have more than one kitten, they may be happy to share a litter tray to begin with. But they’ll need separate facilities as they get older.
Kittens need more fat and protein than adult cats and need to be fed regularly throughout the day. Make sure you feed your kitten a complete and balanced diet – Whiskas® Kitten food is specially formulated to provide your kitten with all the energy and nutrients she needs to stay fit and healthy up to the age of 12 months. When you change her food from kitten to adult, wean her gradually over the course of 5–7 days.
Fun and games
Not just for entertainment, toys are also important for exercise and development. A scratching post is also a good idea. It will keep her from clawing away at furniture. Cats and kittens also like to perch where they can survey their domain – especially on top of shelves and windowsills.
Home at last
Keep your kitten in a warm, quiet room for the first two or three days. Ensure easy access to a litter box, feeding and water bowls, a cosy bed, and a few toys. These things will help her adjust to her new environment. Do learn how To get her settled in and ensure you start setting routines early on.
Arrange a visit to your local vet to get your kitten checked and vaccinated if not done.