We know how excited and impatient you are with the idea of adopting a cat. You might be wondering what to do when you bring your new cat home for the first time. So we’ve put together a checklist that has everything you need to make your cat feel as comfortable as possible.
What to do when you bring a new cat at home
1. Food area
2 bowls, one for the food and one for water that you will change several times a day so that it is always clean and fresh.
2. Bathroom area
Place a litterbox which must be far enough from the food area and in a quiet corner. It will be necessary to ensure the cleanliness of this litter. Remove the droppings as soon as there is any and change the wet sand every evening. Replace the whole sand and wash the tank with some bleach once a week. You can try natural cat litter, read about the best options here.
3. Resting area
Place a basket or a cushion dedicated to the kitten, in a very quiet corner and also far from the litterbox. The kitten will undoubtedly love to spend a lot of time getting enough sleep.
4. Play corner
Get a scratching cat tree, some fun toys, boxes and cat teaser toys to keep her entertained.
5. Pet-proof measures
Animals and especially cats are naturally curious and like to get into different things. Invest in well-sealed trash cans and pet food containers to keep them out of the way. Blind cords should be tied higher to avoid tangling, and electrical cords should be hidden or moved, as kittens like to chew on them.
6. Stock of supplies
You will need basic pet supplies, including food, dishes, collars, and treats. Once you bring your cat home and choose her name, don’t forget to get an id tag in case your pet is lost. So make sure your id tag includes the animal’s name, address, and a phone number so people can reach out to you. Consider purchasing training mats or sprays and pet cleaning products, such as stain removers.
7. Find a vet
Find a vet who will take care of your cat and microchip information to keep your pet safe.
8. Escape proof
Make sure the doors and windows locked properly. Cats also love to climb curtains and open mosquito nets.
9. Change your air filters
Pets generally leave pet hair and dander around the house, even with proper grooming. Before you bring your new pet home, replace the air filters in your AC system so they are clean and ready to operate properly. Also, make sure to change the filter every six months and 1–3 months after you bring your pet home.
10. Invest in an air purifier
If you’re still concerned about your pet’s hair and dander, invest in one made specifically for homes that have pets. Air purifiers also help people with allergies to pets.
11. Reconsider houseplants
Since indoor plants mimic the outdoors, cats get really attracted to them. However, some plants can be toxic to them if ingested. If you have any plants at home, make sure they aren’t harmful and if you’re considering to buy new ones, here are some pet-friendly types which they can even chew on all day.
- Air plant
- Christmas cactus
- Friendship plant
- Polka dot plant
- Spider plant
- Money tree
- Lounge palm
- Basil, thyme, and sage
12. Set rules
Before you bring a pet home, set rules with everyone living in the house about where the pet can and can’t go. A to-do list can also be helpful so that everyone is responsible for taking care of the new cat.