Essentials Checklist for Your New Cat

After weeks of searching, you finally found the right feline friend and you are ready to welcome her to your home. Although it is easy to get caught up in the excitement, this will be a major change for your household and your new cat. From cat-proofing your home to making sure you have the necessary supplies, there are many ways you can prepare for a smooth transition. Here are some essentials to get you started:

Bon Appétit.
Find out what your new cat has been eating and buy the same kind of food. Switching food abruptly may cause diarrhea or your new cat may refuse to eat. If you want to change their diet, be sure to gradually mix in the new food until the old food is transitioned out, usually over a period of a week.

Dinner is Served.
Food and water bowls are plastic, ceramic or metal. Your personal preference is all that matters when choosing these for your friend!

Kitty Litter.
If your cat will be an indoor cat, you will need a litter box and litter. Litter boxes come in a variety of sizes and styles, but it is recommended to start with an open design, as some cats initially may be wary of litter boxes with covers, doors or automatic operation. Like food, it’s best to get the same litter your cat was using before you brought her home. Your new feline friend may refuse to use the litter box if you change the litter abruptly. If you want to change litter, gradually transition by mixing-in the new litter.

 Proper Identification.
Buying a collar and ID tag may ensure that you are reunited with your cat, should he get lost. Sadly, collars and ID tags are not foolproof. Collars can break or fall-off, leaving your beloved pet as one of the countless, unidentified lost strays at the animal shelter. Microchips provide a safe and permanent way to identify your lost pet. 

Cozy Quarters.
Though your new feline companion may end up sleeping in your bed, consider buying a comfy bed to make her feel more secure in her new home. Some cats like the coziness of a covered bed.

Safety First.
It is never safe to drive with a loose cat in the car. Be sure to have a secure carrier to bring your new cat home in and for future veterinary visits or travels. Some vets recommend picking one that is easy to open and clean. 

Fun and Games.
Don’t forget about toys like cat trees, balls, wands and laser pointers. Cat toys prevent boredom and promote exercise to keep your feline fit. Your cat isn’t the only one having fun, though – just watching him play can be very entertaining for you, too!

Having these essentials is a great way to ensure that your cat will be happy in her new home. If you’re bringing home a new kitten, there may be additional considerations to keep in mind when introducing him to his new living space, like kitten-proofing your home. Above all, remember to give your cat love and attention as she as she adjusts to her new home.