Preparing for the Arrival of Your New Kitten: A Step-by-Step Checklist
Adopting a new kitten is an exciting time! Kittens bring so much joy and love into our lives. But before you bring them home, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for their arrival. To help the transition go smoothly, we’ve put together this handy checklist of everything you need to do to get ready for a new feline friend. So, let’s get started!
Set up a designated area in your home as the kitten’s space
A spare room or corner of a larger room is ideal for this purpose. Make sure the area is away from any busy areas like entryways or kitchens and that it contains only items that are safe and accessible for kittens (no plants, cords, etc). You’ll also want to stock the space with all the essentials – bedding, toys, food bowls, litter box, scratching post – so that your new pet has everything they need when they arrive. Don’t forget to check out Modern Pets cat and dog products for all your pet needs!
Gather supplies such as food and treats specifically made for kittens
Also pick up some flea treatment and cat litter so your kitty can stay healthy and happy once they move into their new space. If you plan on traveling with your kitten in the future, it’s also a good idea to invest in appropriate carriers and crates ahead of time, so they’re used to them from day one.
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian prior to bringing your kitten home
This appointment will include vaccinations as well as deworming treatments if needed; it’s important that these are done before allowing your kitten full access to the outdoors or other animals, in case there are any health issues present that need addressing first (this goes for any adult cats being adopted too). Have a list of questions ready ahead of time, so you can make sure you’re armed with all the information necessary about caring for your kitty correctly moving forward.
Stock up on cleaning supplies
It’s always a good idea to have a healthy stock of cleaning supplies and stain removers, just in case unexpected messes occur while potty training or playing around the house (and they will!). Investing in some quality enzymatic cleaners can save you a lot of headaches down the line if accidents do happen.
Get creative with enrichment activities like puzzle feeders or interactive toys
Kittens have lots of energy, and they need ways to burn it off both mentally and physically – something that can easily be overlooked by inexperienced owners!
Organise play dates with other cats/kittens early
Lastly but perhaps most importantly, find some friends who also have cats! Having another cat around can be incredibly helpful when introducing a new feline family member – for example, an existing cat can help show them the ropes, which will speed up their integration process significantly.
Ready to get started?
Bringing home a new kitten is an exciting time filled with lots of preparation – but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Following our step-by-step checklist will help ensure that everything runs smoothly when you welcome your newest family member into their forever home – good luck!