How to prepare your home for a new pet.
Are you anticipating a new arrival to your home? If you’ve decided to rehome a cat or kitten, you’ve probably already started thinking about what you’ll need to buy.
While a change of environment can often be stressful for a cat, understanding their needs will help you to prepare for your new pet.
To help you get set up, here’s our checklist. You can find a digital version below. Download it, print it off and take it shopping with you – it’s got everything you’ll need to prepare for your new cat or kitten.
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What does my cat need?
- One food bowl and one water bowl. Remember to place them away from each other, as most cats don’t like to eat in the same place that they drink
- Food and water. Wondering what to feed your cat? You can find out more about their nutritional needs here: Feeding cats
- A comfortable bed. Cats need a safe place to sleep and whatever you buy should be soft and warm. Don’t be surprised if they spend their time lazing in every warm spot except their bed, however!
- An uncovered litter tray. Keep it far away from your cat’s food and water area – unsurprisingly, cats aren’t comfortable toileting where they eat
- Access to a high spot. A place where cats can view their surroundings makes them feel safe. A simple cardboard box in a high place is suitable
- A scratching post. Scratching is a natural part of cat’s behaviour and helps keep their claws trim. Make sure you choose something sturdy!
- A brush. Grooming is important, especially for longhaired cats
- Toys. Toys are great for playtime and are essential for keeping indoor cats occupied. They don’t have to be expensive, either. A simple fishing rod toy will do the trick
- Cat carrier. While you might not need it too often, a cat carrier is the safest way to transport your feline to essential vet visits. Choose something well ventilated and sturdy
For more advice on welcoming a cat into your home and getting them settled in, visit: Welcoming a new cat home.