What can be better than getting a cat as a cat lover? If you are planning to adopt a cat, you must know that there are some essential items that you need to buy before the kitty comes home. The items include everything related to a cat’s requirements in a new house. Cats need to be taken care of, just like babies in the beginning and sometimes even after they are comfortable with you.
You will need to buy several items, so it is recommended to write down all the things. This way, you won’t miss out on anything important. Here is a list of some essential items you need to get for your new cat:
1. An ID Tag Collar
After you adopt a cat, have proper identification in place. It is most likely for your new cat to get lost and never come back home if it doesn’t have an ID tag collar. A collar ID is the most obvious form of identification for your cat. However, you can also use permanent microchips.
Permanent microchips are grain-sized and are placed beneath the cat’s skin. These microchip IDs cannot be removed and can last 20 years, or you can say your pet’s lifetime.
2. Litter and Litter Box
A cat being a living being, will need a place to freshen up (pee & poo). The number of litter boxes you will need depends on the number of cats you are adopting, but it is recommended to have at least 2 litter boxes per cat. If your house has different floors, then you will have to keep one litter box – with a suitable amount of litter – on every floor.
Traditional litter boxes are available at any pet supply store. But you can also use a big plastic tub and cut out an entryway for your cat. Such litter boxes are deep, and the litter stays inside.
No matter what kind of litter box you buy, make sure it is longer than the cat – at least 1.5 times. Bigger boxes allow the cat to have enough space for turning around. It is recommended to fill the litter box with sandy and unscented litter.
3. Food and Water Bowls
You might be thinking, who can forget the food and bowls? It is easy to forget about things while you have other things to take care of, too. Different types of bowls are available in the market. A traditional food bowl should work fine for any cat.
While choosing a water bowl, you can look for a fountain bowl. It is seen that animals from the cat family prefer running water as it is safer and cleaner for animals, and a fountain water bowl mimics a river or stream.
Don’t forget to buy cat food – you don’t want to give an empty bowl to the new guest. Make sure that you choose the right kind of food for the cat. Older cats tend to take a longer time to shift from one kind of food to another, so it is good to know the food your cat’s been eating before adoption.
4. A Cozy Bed
Cats are comfort lovers; they never miss a chance to enjoy a good nap in a cozy bed. You can say they are lazy beings and like to spend most of their day sleeping and napping. So, a bed is the most important thing you need to get for your cat.
Make sure that the bed you choose is comfy and warm. But it is advised to stay prepared because even when cats have comfy beds, they might still choose your bed or couch to sleep on.
Cats are just like kids; they love toys. You can choose from a wide variety of toys for your new cat. Our advice is to get different toys until you know what it likes the most. Also, just like you never leave your kid with breakable and small toys alone, don’t leave your cat with things either, as it can choke.
You can also get cat trees, as cats love watching the world from high places. Make sure that the cat tree you choose is tall and sturdy. Or else, she might find some other higher place, for example, your cabinets!
Another activity that cats love is scratching. Therefore, it’s good to get her a cat scratcher. Cats like tall scratchers so, you can get a scratcher at least 3 feet or maybe even taller than that. Don’t forget to place the scratcher in a place that the cat visits the most; otherwise, it’s never going to be used.
6. Grooming Kit
You are not planning to leave your cat with not brushed fur and long nails, right? Before you bring your new cat home, make sure you get a proper cat grooming kit.
Even the cats with short coats enjoy their fur being brushed a little, so a nice brush will be of great help. Moreover, it is necessary to cut your cat’s nails so that they don’t grow too long, as it can be uncomfortable for both of you.
7. A Cat Carrier
A carrier or crate is necessary because, without this, you can’t bring the cat home. Moreover, you won’t be able to travel with your cat without it. A carrier with a rigid exterior is preferable.
Make sure that the carrier you buy has enough ventilation and space. A sturdy plastic carrier with a front door can be a great option. You can also use calming sprays to keep the cat calm and feel safe inside the carrier. Spray it in the corners of the carrier for at least 15 minutes before putting the cat in it. Don’t forget to place a towel or any other soft material in the bottom.
Adopting a cat might seem an easy task; it might be easy, but not in the beginning. Cats take time to settle in a new environment, with new people. You will have to stay patient and alert altogether so that you can ensure the security of the new cat and also give her enough space to settle down. Try to play with your new cat; it makes them become more comfortable with new people.
Along with all the items mentioned above, make sure you find a good veterinarian and build a good relationship with him/her. Yearly check-ups are very important for all kinds of cats, for healthy and happy years to come.