When planning to get a new cat, it's important to be prepared in time. You will need something to take care of both his physical and mental state. This means that you will need to stock up on things to feed him, make him play, keep him healthy and safe. Having everything ready before he arrives will allow you to focus on getting him settled in his new home, instead of fretting about buying what you need.
Part 1 of 3: Essential Products
Step 1. Buy a cat carrier
You'll need it to take it home. You can take it with soft or hard walls, the important thing is that it is big enough. The cat must be able to stand up and turn around.
- It is also important to ensure that the crate closes easily and can be safely attached.
- If the cat comes from a pet shop or shelter, you can buy the pet carrier directly when you go to pick it up.
Step 2. Buy a collar and a tag
It is important to get them to wear them as soon as possible. This way you can be sure that if the cat gets lost, whoever finds it can bring it back.
- Make sure the collar is the right size. It should be snug to the skin, but not too tight to restrict breathing or swallowing.
- Choose one that has a quick release closure, which is very important for safety. If the cat gets stuck by the collar somewhere, with the quick release the cat can escape without getting hurt. Avoid those with elastic parts, they could slip their legs in and get trapped.
- The information to put on the tag includes your name, address and telephone number.
Step 3. Get a cat bed
To make him feel at home, offer him a soft and cozy place. You can buy a simple one, or an elegant one, like the ones with a pillow that heats up by plugging it in.
Of course, you can't be sure your new kitty will like the bed you bought. Instead, he or she will likely choose a cushion or area on the carpet to rest. Don't be heartbroken. You may simply need to lure it to the doghouse with some toys, some catnip, or by placing it in a warm, sunny spot
Step 4. Buy cat litter and litter
Even if you plan on having him stay out for a while, you will still need one. Place it in a place that it can reach easily.
- As with food, it's best to start using the same cat litter it was used to before I took it. This will reduce the risk of him going to choose another place to relieve himself.
- Choose it as large as you can based on the space you have and ask the shelter or the previous owner if the cat was used to an open or closed litter box.
- If your cat is reluctant to use it, it could be due to the type of litter or the type of sand. Make sure it can get in and out easily. You can also try changing the type of litter.
Step 5. Buy water and food bowls
Must have one of each type. They can be stainless steel, ceramic or glass, which are easy to clean materials.
- The bowls do not need to be specially designed for animals. You can also use the ones you already have at home. However, be aware that those for animals are heavier and are made so that they cannot be folded over easily.
- Cats prefer the water bowl not to be near the food bowl. Therefore, avoid buying the combined ones, since it is easy for the two contents to mix.
Step 6. Buy some toys and a scratching post
It is important that the cat has something to play with. Have him have a good variety of toys and a scratching post so that he has more stimulation throughout the day.
- With a new cat it may take several tries to figure out what kind of play he prefers. Get more types to find out.
- There is no need to spend a fortune on imaginative games. In addition to traditional toys like cloth mice and bells, give your kitty something as simple as ping-pong balls, cardboard boxes, and crumpled pieces of paper. He might like these cheap toys a lot more.
- Give your cat or kitten a place to hide. The ideal is a cardboard box. A hiding place allows him to feel safe as he gets used to the new environment.
- It's a good idea to put a scratching post in every room so you won't get nailed on the furniture.
Part 2 of 3: Choosing the Right Food for Your New Cat
Step 1. Ask what kind of food the cat was given
If possible, you should give him the same brand he ate before he came to you. This way you will avoid stomach problems due to the sudden change of diet. Ask the shelter, the pet store, or the person who had the cat before you what they used to eat.
This does not mean that you will have to give them that food forever. You will be able to switch to another brand gradually over a week or two
Step 2. Discuss with your vet about possible foods
If you're not sure which brand and what type of food to give your cat, ask your vet for advice. He should be able to give you some ideas that will meet his nutritional needs.
- A good time to talk about nutrition is when you get your cat for the first check-up, as soon as possible after adoption.
- Your vet may recommend a specific food for your cat's needs. For example, food for puppies, seniors or cats that need to lose weight.
Step 3. Compare prices
Once you have decided on the brand and type of food, compare prices in stores and online. The same product may cost differently depending on the store.
- Remember that if you order cat food online, you will have to pay the shipping costs.
- You can reduce your spending on food by ordering in large quantities. You will pay less by buying larger packs than by buying small ones.
Part 3 of 3: Grooming and Cleaning Items
Step 1. Buy a brush
Many cats need regular brushing. You can buy one made of metal wires, or one that also has bristles. You can also purchase a metal toothed comb.
The brush is very important if you have a long-haired cat. In this case, you should also take a brush that removes the excess hair to minimize its accumulation in the house
Step 2. Get a nail clipper
Every cat needs it at least every now and then. There are two types: guillotine or scissor. The former are generally easier to use.
- You can also use a human nail clipper;
- Clipping a cat's nails can be beneficial for both him and to prevent damage to furniture.
Step 3. Buy cleaning items
When you bring home a new cat, some unforeseen events may happen, for example, he might throw up or go to the toilet where he doesn't have to. Be prepared for this by purchasing cleaning products made specifically to collect feline body fluids.
- These products usually contain specific enzymes that eliminate the acidity of the cat's urine.
- They are available in pet shops and many supermarkets.