Learn how to prepare for bringing a kitten home, ensure your kitten has everything they need, and find out about managing cat dental care.
Kittens are bundles of energy and joy, and as cat parents, it’s our responsibility to ensure they have everything they need to thrive. This guide will cover what you need for kitten care, including tips about supplies, food, kitten-proofing, and more!
Get Your Kitten Supplies
Kittens are pretty low maintenance, but there are some things you’ll need to keep your kitty happy and healthy. Here’s a quick checklist:
- Litter box, litter, litter scoop
- Cat carrier
- Cat bed or blanket
- Food and water dishes
- Collar and leash
- Brush and nail trimmer
- Scratching pole or tree
- Kitten food and treats
Prepare a Safe Space
Cats need a quiet place they can go if they feel scared, want a nap, or want some alone time. This is especially important for a kitten because having a safe place will help them adjust to your home. It’s even more critical if you have kids or other animals in the house. The safe area should have somewhere they can hide, some blankets, water, and a litter box.
Kitten-Proof the House
Move toxic plants your kitten might try to eat and put them far out of reach—or better yet, into a room your cat can’t get into. Make sure that nothing in the house is loose and dangling. That includes wires, ropes, decorations, and more. Safeguard valuables and knickknacks that are on shelves and could get knocked off. And if you like to leave windows open when the weather is nice, make sure they have screens so your cat can’t escape.
Start Socializing Right Away
Socializing a kitten is necessary for them to become a confident, happy, fear-free adult. Expose your kitten to new adventures, smells, objects, toys, people, animals, surfaces, noises, and places. Play with your kitten often, pet them regularly, talk to them, and groom them. And when your kitten does something you like, reward their good behavior with treats or praise.
Find a Veterinarian
Your cat will need regular trips to the vet throughout life for checkups, shots, spay/neuter, and other medical issues, so it’s a good idea to have a vet picked out.
Start a Good Cat Dental Care Routine
Cat dental care is vital for your cat’s overall health and well-being, so get into a good routine when they’re a kitten. There are lots of cat dental care products on the market, but the easiest and most effective way to maintain good cat dental hygiene is with ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder for Cats. It’s an all-natural supplement that reduces plaque, tartar, and bad breath. Just sprinkle it on their food or try ProDen PlaqueOff System Holistic Soft Bites for Kittens in Sweet Potato and Chicken Flavor!
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