New Kitten Checklist
*Collar and Identification Tag (and leash) – A cat who is comfortable in a collar is easier to take places, such as for rides in the car, trips to the vet, or even for a walk around the block. A collar also ensures that if your cat finds itself in trouble, the attached identification tag will ensure that it gets home safe. Many cats enjoy a nice leisurely stroll around the block in the quite evening, and having a leash attached ensures safety. Retractable leashes come in lightweight sizes that allow the cat plenty of room for exploration.
*Litter – There are many different litters available, and the ultimate decision will in part be up to your feline friend. We recommend a biodegradable litter, as they are safer for the environment. A clumping litter is easier to remove from the litter box, and many
clumping litters are flushable.
*Litter Box and Supplies – Make sure the litter box is large enough for your cat to move around in and get comfortable. A covered litter box will reduce the risk of accidents down the side of the box or on the surrounding walls. Make sure you have a good sturdy litter scoop. Many litters recommend a specific scoop for assurance of cleanup.
*Toys and Treats – Kittens are very mischievous and love to play. Have plenty of objects for them to bat around and ‘kill’. C atnip toys are especially fun, b ut don’t overdo them. Feather wands are an excellent way to interact with your new kitten while ensuring her
health and developing her skills. Cats love to be rewarded and treated like the gods that they are. Tasty little morsels such as dehydrated chicken or salmon are always a nice treat.
*Food and Water Bowls – Plastics can leach chemicals into the water and harbor bacteria so we recommend ceramic or metal. Water fountains are a fun way to provide your feline with a clean, flowing water source that encourages proper hydration.
*A Bed – Cats love a good nap. Provide them with a safe, quite place to retreat to when they need to unwind and dream of chasing mice.
*Grooming Supplies - Incorporate grooming as part of your feline routine, so that your cat will enjoy the attention. Brushing your feline regularly also reduces the risk of hairballs. Longhaired cats should be groomed a couple times a week, while shorthaired cats at least once a week. Read the back of the brushes for recommendations based on coat and breed.
*Nail Clippers – Most indoor cats will need to have their nails trimmed on a regular basis, and although most felines will never enjoy the experience, they can learn to tolerate it. There are a few different styles of trimmers, so again read the back of the packages, or ask an employee for assistance.
*Chews – Kittens need to develop their teeth and gums and providing them with bones such as chicken necks or small quail will give them a fun, healthy way to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
*A Healthy Food – Due to the high number of urinary and kidney problems in cats, which are directly related to diet, we recommend starting your kitten off right. Feeding a raw diet not only provides optimum nutrition, they are also higher in moisture and help with
litter box odor. Canned food is another healthy alternative that is less processed than dry food. We do not recommend feeding dry kibble as the primary food source for felines, but mixing dry food with canned or raw, or both can provide variety. Look for a dry food that uses all human grade ingredients, with no artificial chemicals or preservatives. Ask an employee to help you in choosing a healthy diet for your feline.