When you’re going to adopt a new pet cat, there is a lot of planning and preparation you’ll need to do before you bring your new friend into your house. One of the most important tasks you need to do is make sure you have all the necessary and vital supplies for your cat. Here are some of the items your kitty is going to need:
1. Cat Food
This seems like a no-brainer, but you’ll be surprised how fast your cat can go through it. I think a combination of both dry and canned food works the best. But your cat may prefer one over the other. Whichever food you buy for your cat, make sure it’s premium quality.
2. Food and Water Bowls
Always make sure your cat has plenty of fresh drinking water. You’ll need bowls for water and food—although for me, paper plates work best for food. My cat actually prefers to eat off the paper plates rather than bowls. In fact, one of the best laughs I had was when I saw my cat actually reach into the food bowl I gave her and put the food on the paper plate that was next to it!
3. Litter Box
There is a ton out there to choose from. You can get the most basic type (which is basically a box) all the way up to fancy self-cleaning models. I’ve always been concerned that my cat might get freaked out with the self-cleaning action, so I stick to a more basic type. I do think the double-layered type of litter box works best in terms of maintenance and longevity.
4. Cat Bed
If your cat is like mine, she or he will probably eventually wind up sleeping in your bed. However, when you first start out with your cat, you probably want to have a nice cat bed so your kitty can have its own comfortable sleeping place.
5. Cat Carrier
This is a must for transporting your cat when going to the vet or in case of an emergency.
6. Scratching Post
A great way to save your furniture is to make sure your cat has their own scratching post. Cats really like to dig their claws into these. A cheaper alternative is a nice sturdy cardboard box. My cat actually prefers the boxes over her scratching posts—although she still uses them.
Toys help keep your cat active and alert. But always make sure the toys you get are safe.
8. Brushes and Combs
Don’t be discouraged if your cat doesn’t initially like to be brushed or combed. Keep at it and eventually you’ll find that brushing or combing can be a great bonding time with your cat. My cat didn’t like it very much at first, but now she loves combing!