Soon it’s finally time to bring home the new and long-awaited family member.
But what exactly should you prepare before it’s time?
Here we share some of our best tips on what is good to think about before the kitten comes home.
Cat-proof your home
The cat owner can do a lot to secure the cat home.
Here are some things that can be dangerous for your kitten:
- Windows and balconies – must be kept closed or you must set up protective nets.
- Plants – Cats may like to eat plants, so make sure you do not have plants that can be poisonous.
- Unsuitable objects that can be seen as toys by the cat – such as power cords, balls, needles, strings and beads.
- Toxic agents – detergents, glycol, rat poison, disinfectants and pesticides.
- Medications – be sure to put away all medications so that the cat does not have access to them. Ordinary painkillers with paracetamol (eg Alvedon) can be directly life-threatening for a cat.
- Robotic lawnmower – if the cat is to stay outdoors, it is important to have a possible robotic lawnmower under close supervision. Otherwise there is a risk that the cat will accidentally stick its paws under the mower, which can lead to very serious injuries.
Things a kitten needs
The most important thing for a kitten is of course you, but there are also some things that it will need. Here are some things to keep in mind when you look at your cat’s arrival:
- Food and water bowl
- Cat food (Check with the breeder what the kitten is used to)
- Cat box and cat litter
- Transport cage or bag
- Necklace or harness and leash
- Claw board
- Claw mower
- Accessories for fur care such as brush and shampoo
Write a purchase agreement
Write a written purchase agreement regardless of whether it is a domestic cat or a purebred cat you buy.
Make sure your kitten is insured
An insurance policy for the cat should be taken out on the same day as you pick it up.
Also check with the breeder if the kitten has been insured with them.
If the cat becomes ill or has an accident, it is important to have insurance.
Good luck with your new kitten!