Are you planning on bringing home a new cat? Ensuring you have all of the necessary supplies in advance can help you to keep them comfortable and allow them to adjust to their new home. The last thing you want is to have to make a last minute trip to the pet store when you’re trying to help your cat get settled! Here are some of the things that you need to buy for a new cat.
Schedule a Veterinarian Appointment
First and foremost, you will want to ensure that you schedule an appointment for your cat with your veterinarian. They will be able to provide a thorough checkup and ensure that your cat is up to date on any necessary vaccinations. This is an important step in keeping them healthy.
You will need a cat carrier in order to safely transport your new cat to your home. A plastic cat carrier is often the best solution. If you are purchasing a new cat carrier, you may want to consider a top loading variety. This is often easier than trying to force a cat through a typical opening. When your cat carrier has an opening on the top, you can simply put them in and be on your way.
Your cat will need a place to use the bathroom. Due to this, you will need to ensure that you purchase a litter box and litter for your cat. There are many varieties of litter boxes that you can choose from. It is important to ensure that your litter box is at least 1.5 times longer than your cat. This will provide them with ample space to turn around when they are using the bathroom. You should also consider getting a mat to protect the floor beneath the litter box.
Food and Water Bowls
Food and water bowls are another important tool for your new cat. It is important to ensure that you get new bowls, even if you already have some for an existing pet. Many pets feel threatened by the scent of other pets, especially if they haven’t adjusted to the new home yet.
Cats like somewhere high to sit. If you don’t provide this for them, they may choose other places, like your kitchen cupboards. Cat trees can be a great way to both provide a scratching post for your cat, as well as a high place for them to perch.
Your cats will naturally want somewhere to scratch. By getting a scratching post, you can help to provide this place for your pet. This can help to protect your furniture, as well as keep your cat happy.
Various toys are essential in keeping your cat happy. The “right” toys are often a matter of feeling out what your cat likes. Wand toys with ribbons attached at the end are extremely popular toys for cats. You may also want to consider various types of toys that have catnip. Getting a variety of toys can help you to learn about your cat’s preferences.
A cat bed can help to ensure that your cat has a place of their own to get comfortable. Many cats like feeling surrounded while they sleep, so you may want to consider getting an enclosed bed to help your cat feel secure. Ensure that you choose a bed that is the right size for your cat.
Even if you intend to keep your cat indoors, it will be important to ensure they have a collar and ID tag. This will help you to ensure they can be easily identified if they happen to escape your home. Try to get the kind of collar that can detach easily when snagged to prevent your cat from getting injured.
It will also be important to get food and treats for your pet. It can be helpful to learn what food they had previously so that you can help them to adjust more easily. Gathering all of these supplies is essential before you bring your new cat home. To learn more about how to prepare for your new cat, contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!