When getting a kitten, you need to be sure that you have the things they need to become a well-adjusted cat. These things are food and water bowls, a litter box, and toys. Young kittens are very feisty and like to have things to bat around and play with. You might want to consider a scratching post as well as a cat tree. These are places that they can go and sleep and rest. Many cats love their cat trees. However, if you are limited on space, a cat bed would work as well. Most cats, however, will simply sleep on your couch, bed, or sofa, wherever they feel most comfortable. Cats love to look out windows, and they even have cat shelves you can invest in. However, the basics are all you need to get started.
You will also need to pick up their food. Usually, the shelter you get the kitten from, or the breeder can tell you what type of food they are currently on. If you don’t want to use that food, you should pick a small bag up along with the food you will be using. Be sure that you purchase a high-protein food that is formulated for kittens. If you don’t know what food would be best, you can always speak with your vet as well.
The Pros and Cons of Bringing Home a New Kitten
While getting a new kitten is exciting, there are some cons to having another living being that you are responsible for. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of bringing home a new kitten:
The Pros of Bringing Home a New Kitten
- You will have a new lifelong companion.
- They will keep you entertained with their antics.
- They are also a great way to develop empathy and understanding of animals.
The Cons of Bringing Home a New Kitten:
- They require your attention.
- You will need to be responsible for them 24/7 – feeding, grooming, keeping them safe from harm, taking care of any health issues they may have, etc.
- Cats can be difficult to introduce into homes with other pets or children living in them.
Be sure that you are ready to bring home a lifelong companion. There are many cats out there in the shelters who have lost their families for a variety of reasons. Don’t add to the shelter issue by getting a kitten because they are cute and not consider it will grow up to be a full-size cat.
Also, cats need to see a vet just like a puppy and dog. If you don’t have the means to properly care for a pet, you shouldn’t consider getting one. Instead, hang out with a friend that has one for some cuddle time.
Other Things to Consider When Purchasing a Cat.
Cats can also be put into a pet carrier. These carriers are designed to keep cats safe when transporting. While dogs do very well in a car without a carrier, most cats will need one. You might want to consider investing in a cat carrier that will easily fit into your car. If you want to get really fancy, they also have special cat strollers so that you can take your cat on walks around the neighborhood. While they have cat collars and cat harnesses, most cats don’t like to keep them on. If you start when they are kittens, it will give them time to get used to the idea. This is a wonderful way to keep id on them, in case they escape out the door.