New Kitten Checklist – Getting Your Home Ready for Your New Cat

January 9, 2019 | Pet Guides | Erin Green
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New Kitten Checklist – Getting Your Home Ready for Your New Cat



When hitting the road, you’ll need to place your cat in a carrier. This keeps them safe and gives them a sense of security. Traveling can be scary, so it is important that the kennel is well-ventilated and roomy. Try placing a towel or blanket from their former home to give them more comfort.

Litter Box

A litter box is imperative to have as your kitty will need somewhere to do their business. A clean litter box is key because they will avoid a messy or dirty one. Make sure that you get litter and a scoop to remove soiled bits. For tips on potty training your kitten check out this article.


Most kittens like to have a place to rest, but they can be very picky and may ignore the new bed at first. Cats are very particular, so make sure the bedding is always clean. Place the bed in a quiet, draft-free corner away from the main traffic in your house. This will be your kitten’s corner.

Food and Water Bowls

A new kitten has lots of energy so get ones that are sturdy. The Petmate Deluxe Fresh Flow For Cats has a constant flow of purified water that will entertain your cat, but also encourage them to drink more water. Don’t forget to get some food to put into their new bowl as well. Some kittens can be allergic to plastic so opt for a stainless-steel bowl.

Collar, Harness & Leash

A cat should have a collar on them that contains their ID Tag, and microchipping tag. Cats do get out of the house and this will help ensure their return. Some kittens don’t like the feel of a leash, but they can be great training tools, and some people have even started to walk their cat on a leash.

Grooming Tools

Grooming tools will help keep your kitten healthy and beautiful. You’ll need both a flea comb and brush. Depending on your cats’ hair, the type of brush needed can be different. Ask your veterinarian for the best one for your new cat. Petmate has a large range of grooming tools that will fit every cat’s need.


Cats are curious and need toys that are safe to play with but also keep them entertained. Choose toys that can’t be splintered, torn apart or swallowed. Get a ball that rattles or a mouse infused with catnip for the perfect playtime entertainment. Scratching toys can give your cat areas to exercise while scratching their claws and saving your furniture. The Jackson Galaxy Convertible Scratcher can be infused with catnip and rearranged so your cat doesn’t get bored with the same layout and keeps coming back. Make sure that all toxic things are put away in an area that your cat cannot reach. Keep balls of yarn and string away as they can be choking hazards for your kitten. This is not a comprehensive list of everything your cat will ever need but is a good place to start in preparing for your new cat’s arrival.


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