Adding a kitten to your home can be exciting, but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. Nothing is worse than having a new cat that you aren’t ready for! Here are the top 5 “Survival Guide” must-haves when adding a kitten to your household.
I recently added two kittens to my home, and as a self-proclaimed dog lover, I was wholly unprepared for their arrival. If you’re completely new to having cats, make sure to have these 5 “Survival Guide” must-haves at your disposal.
Kitten Survival Guide Must-Have #1 Wet Food, Formula, and Kitten Kibble
This all depends on the age of the kitten. Our kittens were rescued at four weeks old, so we still had to do a bit of weaning. Kittens that are 8 weeks or older should do just fine with regular kitten food.
I’ve found that adding water to a bit of kitten kibble works best to start the transition from formula and wet food to dry food. If you want to feed your kitten wet food, that works too! Have plenty of whatever kind of food your kitten will be eating.
Kitten Survival Guide Must-Have #2 Cardboard Boxes With a Blanket or Towel
Kittens love hiding in small, dark places. It’s your job to provide this for them. They’ll appreciate the new hiding place.
It’s helpful to have a few small boxes for them to hide in. For the first couple of days, our kittens would only leave their boxes to eat! It’s important to give them a place where they feel safe as they’re adjusting to their new environment.
Kitten Survival Guide Must-Have #3 Toys!
I wouldn’t recommend getting a lot of toys in the beginning. Our kittens are much happier fighting with one another or exploring the house, but it’s nice to have something for them to interact with.
Don’t be discouraged if the kittens don’t play with any of the things you bought. Give them time, and eventually, you’ll figure out what toys your kittens like.
Kitten Survival Guide Must-Have #4 Medium-Sized Crate and Small Carrier
I recommend getting two carriers, but it isn’t a necessity. If you’re only getting one carrier, I would get the medium-sized crate. This allows you to limit the kitten to a small area, especially at night time or when you leave the house.
Kittens love hiding in cramped, dark places. So, if they are left unattended, it’s possible for them to get stuck behind appliances and furniture. If you buy both, the smaller carrier is great for transporting your kitten to the vet or separating kittens that are fighting too much.
Kitten Survival Guide Must-Have #5 Litter Box(es) and Litter
This is probably the most obvious “Survival Guide” must-have. You’ll want to make sure your cat’s litter box is big enough. Kittens like a lot of litter, and they’ll let you know they’re unhappy with their toilet arrangements by not using it.
You also want to have a good amount of cat litter on hand — it will go quick! Personally, I recommend either Purina’s Tidy Cats Lightweight Clumping Cat Litter or Arm & Hammer’s Slide Clump & Seal Litter.
What “Kitten Survival Guide” items would you suggest for new kitten owners? Are any of these items your go-to when you adopt a kitten? Let us know in the comments!