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I’ve written about my cat, Hermione, a lot since I got her three years ago. One thing I wish I had when I first got her was a first-time kitten parent shopping list. There are so many things that you need to get to be ready to bring your furry friend home.
Kitten Shopping List
A cat carrier is the first thing on the list because you will need something to carry your furry friend home in. I recommend you get the carrier that has doors that open both ways. This makes it much easier when transporting if your kitten is scared. Especially when visiting the vet.
Cat food is one of the most important things you are going to get when you first get your kitten. You want to do some research on the brands of cat food so that you pick the best one for your baby. Also check which food your cat is currently eating at their home, making a big change can upset their stomach.
Cat litter, in my opinion, is equally as important as cat food. The cat litter that I’ve been using since I got Hermione is the Purina® TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter. Tidy Cats Free & Clean Unscented is free of fragrances and free of dyes. One of the things that caught my attention to the litter is the fact that it’s 99.9% dust free.
If you’ve never had a cat then you probably don’t know how bad their urine spells. Cat urine smells strongly like ammonia, so you want a litter that is going to prevent that smell. Free & Clean offers you the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal plus TidyLock® Protection to lock away odors—giving you the clean you need free of the stuff you don’t.
Having a few cat toys for your new kitty when you bring him or her home is great. It’s not only going to help win him or her over but it will also teach her what she can and can’t play with.
When choosing a litter box you want to think about a few key things:
- Where will you be placing the litter box?
- How many cats do you plan on having?
- Will you want an electric litter box or a regular one?
Size and shape of the litter box are really important because you want to make sure that it will fit in whatever space you have allotted.
Some people don’t find a scratching post necessary but cats LOVE to scratch. If they don’t have a post they will use your bed, couch and anything else they can get their nails in. I find it better to get the post right off the bat that way they learn early what to scratch on.
The scratching post I got for Hermione has a bed at the bottom and three extra levels for her to climb on.
Cat treats are really important when you first bring your kitten home. You want to be able to reward him or her when they use the litter box for the first time or climb the stairs. So that way they know what they are and are not supposed to do. There is a difference between treats that are suitable for kittens versus adult cats – so make sure to read the labels.
A collar is 100% optional. When I first got Hermione and up until this year she always wore a collar. She lived in a house with big dogs and if she got loose I needed to be able to know where she was. A collar with a bell is good for the first couple of months so you can hear where your kitten is. If he or she doesn’t like it, when your cat reaches adulthood, I don’t feel like it’s necessary.
Where To Shop
I love shopping at Target for all of my cat needs and they offer a wide selection of cat products to purchase when you are a new cat owner.