Back in April we decided to take the plunge and adopt a kitten. This is our first time being pet owners, aside from a short time we had a dog for a few months a long time ago. That experience was too overwhelming and we didn’t have him for very long. Since this was all new to us, we tried looking for advice on what we would need and what to expect when adopting a kitten.
We went to an animal rescue organization and ended up adopting not one but two kittens! They were so small and they were sisters and we wanted them to have each other. We had also heard that it’s better to have two so they can keep each other company.
So we carried home Lucy and Ethel. That was back in April. We’ve had them for 4 months now and we’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I would share with you some tips for what to expect when adopting a kitten.
What you will need before you bring your kitten home:
- A food dish and a water dish.
- Dry cat food. Make sure it says it’s for kittens specifically. They will need kitten food until they turn one year old. You can also choose to feed them canned food as well, but dry food alone is sufficient.
- An animal carrier to bring them home in. We’ve also found this useful at night because kittens are very curious and so we have our kittens sleep in the carrier during the night. We put a soft blanket in it for them. We will do this until they get older and settle down a little. It gives us a peace of mind that they are not roaming the house getting into trouble while we’re trying to sleep!
- You will need a bed for them to sleep in; however when they are very small you may want to just let them sleep in their carrier at night light I mentioned above. Tiny kittens don’t need to be left alone at night because they can get into all sorts of trouble. But you will definitely want to have a nice bed for them that they can get used to after they start getting a little bigger and for naps during the day.
- It’s a good idea to go ahead and figure out which Vet your going to use. You will need to take them in the first week after you bring them home.
- A litter box needs to be set up and ready for when you get home. Kittens eat often and use the litter box very often! Make sure you have a scooper on hand to clean it out daily.
- Make sure you basically “child proof” the house. They will get into things just like a baby or toddler would. We even covered the electrical outlets with plugs. You don’t want to leave out anything that has harmful chemicals either.
- They will need some toys, which can be as simple as some string or a ball to play with.
- They will also need some sort of scratching post. You can find some for very cheap all the way up to very expensive ones. I think my mom picked up ours for around $25. They enjoy playing on this as well as using it for scratching. You certainly don’t need anything super expensive, but you want to have something so they don’t scratch up your furniture.
- Of course, kittens need lots of love and attention! Who can forget that? They are so hard not to love anyway!
I think that covers most of the main things you need to worry about when adopting a kitten. If there is something that I didn’t mention, please feel free to leave a comment!
I will end with a few fun pictures of our little ones for you to enjoy…