Bringing home a new cat or kitten is an exciting experience, but to make sure things go smoothly it’s good to prepare for the new arrival. It’s also important to remember that even though you may be excited it can be a scary time for the kitty. She may be nervous and uncertain for a while so you may need to be patient while she gets familiar with her new surrounds.
A pet carrier will be one of the first supplies you’ll want to invest in. You’ll need to use it to bring your new kitty home. As tempting as it may be to hold her in your lap on the way home that can be dangerous, especially with cats. Cats that are loose in the car and nervous may circle the car and try to crawl under the seat by your feet. Also because cats may be nervous in the car there is the potential for a mess due to motion sickness or a nervous bladder, so you might want to put a towel or washable blanket in the pet carrier for comfort and to help absorb any messes.
But before actually bringing her home it’s best to get things set up for her first. This will include buying the basics like food, food and water bowls, litter and a litter box. It’s good to get them set up in the appropriate rooms so she can get to know where the necessities will be. It’s best to keep the litter box and the feeding area separate because cats don’t like to go to the bathroom where they eat.
If the kitty seems to be really nervous when you bring her home you might want to keep her in a quiet room until she starts getting used to her new surroundings. Keep her food, water and litter box in this room until she’s more comfortable and ready to be in the whole house. Spend plenty of time with her during this adjustment period.
It’s also a good idea to do your homework ahead of time. Talk to a vet to be sure you have the right food for your new cat. Depending on age and health she may have different nutritional needs. But generally speaking it’s good to feed at least a little canned or moist cat food.
Catnip, some toys and a bed are some other items you may want to get ahead of time. Most cats enjoy catnip and for some it has a calming effect. Toys are important, especially if she will be an indoor cat, because they provide a form of exercise and they can be so much fun for both of you. A bed is nice because it provides her with her own space.
You will also want to get a pet collar and a pet id tag. It’s good to do your research before purchasing a pet collar. Breakaway or stretch collars are usually good for cats because they can get themselves in situations where their collar gets caught on something. This can be dangerous, but a breakaway collar will allow her to break free.
Having an pet id tag on the collar is very important since the new cat or kitten will be adjusting to her new surroundings.