Cats make wonderful companions and are great additions to any family. They are creatures of comfort, so if you’re a first-time cat owner, make sure to have all the essentials ready for them. Getting a new kitty is a big change for you and for your new friend. To help make this time easier for you, we’ve got the complete checklist of everything thing you need and need to know.
Lifestyle: While it’s true that cats don’t exactly need as much time as a new dog, but they still need love, attention and a stable family life. Ask yourself the following questions before jumping into adoption.
- Do you or anyone in the house have allergies to cat hair, dander or dirt?
- Do you have any other pets that may not take well to a new cat? If so, do you have a plan of introducing them to each other?
- Who will be the primary caretaker?
- Do you want a long hair or short hair breed? Long hair breeds will take more time for daily grooming and may have more hairballs.
- Will work or social life affect your ability to properly care for them?
- Does your residence allow pets and is your home suited for a new cat?
- Would an older cat or younger cat better suit your lifestyle? Kittens take more time and have more energy, but older cats may need more veterinarian care.
Costs: You want to make sure that you can always care for your vet. The best way is to create a budget for a new cat before you bring them home.
- Does your new pet need to be spayed or neutered?
- Is there an adoption fee that needs to be paid?
- Monthly expenses such as food, litter, pet sitting or new supplies
- Licensing fees and rabies shots
- Litter box and scoop
- Routine veterinary care
- Grooming Brush
- Beds and toys
Once you’ve decided a new cat will fit well into your lifestyle and you can afford the cost of care, the next thing to do is hit the pet store to get them their supplies.
- Age appropriate food
- Water and food bowls
- ID tags (make sure your phone number is on it)
- Hard plastic cat carrier
- Litter Box
- Litter Scoop
- Sponge and scrub brush for accidents and hairball clean up
- Non-toxic cleaner
- Toys (feathers on wands, catnip mouse, etc)
- Blanket or bed
- Cat toothbrush and toothpaste
There’s no doubt that cats add spunk and tons of joy to any home. They may seem aloof, but in reality, they are just as caring as they are smart. A peaceful home full of warmth and love is a perfect place for a new feline friend.