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Are you thinking of getting your first cat? Have you thought seriously about it? Are you bringing home a new feline friend?

Even though cats are independent creatures, kittens are little balls full of energy. They require a lot of attention and supervision. It’s a big responsibility.

If you’re confident that you’re ready for your first kitten or cat, you might be wondering what to buy.

Well, we’re here to help you prepare for the arrival of the cute fur ball that is going to wreck your furniture and make you happier than ever.

Check out our new kitten checklist, full of everything from kitten tips to must-have litter training supplies!

New Kitten Checklist

Welcoming a new kitten into your home is an exciting and heartwarming experience.

To ensure a seamless transition for both you and your furry companion, having a well-prepared new kitten checklist is essential.

1. A proper litter box

best cat litter box

Since you don’t want to be scooping poop out of the flower pots or off the carpet, a litter box is first on the list.

Fortunately, cats are not very picky when it comes to litter boxes, as long as they are big and deep enough to suit their needs and you place them in a quiet place with no traffic.

You’ll probably see closed litter boxes when you go ping, but not all cats are fans of those. If you are getting an older cat, she might even refuse to use one.

Our advice is to go simple. No matter what type of litter box you buy, you must scoop it once a day and wash it every week.

So, don’t forget to purchase a scoop and cleaning supplies for litter boxes. Also, remember that you need x+1 litter boxes, where x is the number of cats you have.

2. Pick a kitty litter

using chicken feed for cat litter

After you have chosen the litter box, it’s time to get the litter. My tip here is to avoid scented ones.

Most cats don’t like the smell, and they will be hesitant to use the litter box. As a result, you might start to find unwanted presents around the house.

The easy solution is to ask the caretaker of the cat or kitten which litter type they use and buy the same. If that’s impossible, go for unscented, clumping litter.

3. Water dish and food bowl

best elevated cat bowls

The cat might not mind eating off the floor, but you certainly do.

That’s why the best cat food dishes and bowls are next on the list. Look for metal or ceramic bowls.

Avoid plastic. Some cats don’t like the smell, and some are even allergic to plastic.

Water should also be offered in a metal dish, or you can buy an automatic water dispenser for cats.

4. Cat food

cat eating

Kittens have different nutritional needs than grown-up cats. Take this into account if you’re getting a small kitty and look for cat food for kittens.

Get both dry and wet food, and don’t buy in bulk until you’ve established what your cat likes and doesn’t like.

When you buy dry food, look at the ingredients. The main ingredient should be meat, and it should contain as little filler (rice, corn, or potatoes) as possible.

The reason is a simple one. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they thrive on a meat diet.

Foods rich in carbohydrates are bad for them and lead to health issues.

5. Toys

cat playing with toys

Toys are a necessity for any household with a cat, unless you want to feel the wrath of a bored cat.

Anything with feathers or fur will do the trick. If it moves or makes a sound, even better.

You should also get a scratching post to avoid damaging your furniture. Look for something sturdy that won’t fall apart after a few scratches.

But don’t ever think that the sofa or the armchair are safe. Our cats have a whole yard full of trees at their disposal, but they still prefer the sofa and the ironing board.

6. Cat bed

a shoe box cat bed

Even though the cat is likely to sleep anywhere but the cat bed, get one. Look for something soft, fluffy, and comfortable.

A cat bed provides your feline friend with a designated and comfortable space to rest and sleep.

Cats love cozy spots, and a cat bed not only gives them a sense of security but also helps keep them off furniture or your bed.

Having their own bed helps maintain their sleep routine and contributes to their overall well-being.

If you are lucky, your cat may be persuaded to sleep in it instead of on the freshly ironed clothes.

7. Cat treats

cat playing with treats

Cats love treats as much as anyone. Just make sure that you don’t overfeed her.

Cat treats serve multiple purposes. They are a great way to reward and bond with your cat during training or playtime.

Additionally, treats can be used to administer medications or supplements.

High-quality cat treats also provide a variety of flavors and textures that can add enrichment to your cat’s diet.

8. Grooming supplies

using a cat brush

If you plan on getting a long-haired cat, a cat brush is a necessity.

Moreover, brushing is a nice opportunity to bond with your cat and reduces the chance of finding a hairball next to the bed.

You also need to get a nail trimmer to clip your cat’s claws from time to time. That will save your furniture and your hands during play time.

9. Collar

cat with collar

A cat collar might be a lifesaver in case your cat wanders off and somebody finds her. A cat collar serves as a means to identify your cat in case they wander or get lost.

It’s essential to have a collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information. Some collars also come with reflective material for added safety during nighttime outings.

Cat collars are designed so that the cat can wriggle out of them if she gets snagged on something, so don’t worry about choking.

10. Cat-proof the house

cat in the house

Kittens are one of the most curious creatures on the planet. If they want something, they’ll find a way to get it.

It’s important that you store away all things toxic to cats and anything dangerous they might swallow.

Secure the windows and the balcony if you live on a high floor to prevent your cat from leaping or falling through the window.

11. Cat carrier

cat in the carrier

Rarely does a cat like to ride in a car, and since you’ll have to bring the cat or kitten somewhere, invest in a cat carrier. A cat carrier is a vital tool for transporting your cat safely.

Whether it’s a trip to the veterinarian, a move to a new home, or even just for short visits, a carrier keeps your cat secure and reduces their stress during travel.

Proper carriers have ventilation, comfortable bedding, and openings for easy access. It’s an essential item for the well-being of your cat in various situations.

12. Choose a vet

cat at veterinarian check-up

A cat will require a visit to the veterinarian at least once a year.

Take your time and pick a vet you’re comfortable with and whom you trust to take good care of your feline.


As you can see, you have a lot to do before you can bring your new companion home.

Don’t worry, though. Make sure that you follow this new kitten checklist, and you’ll be fine.

Have you brought home a new cat in the past? What would you add to the new kitten checklist? Share below!

New Kitten Checklist: 12 Must-Have Essentials for Cat Parents
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