ESSENTIAL GUIDE ON GETTING A NEW KITTEN/CAT
What to think about when choosing your new pet:
We’ve put together an essential guide to help you choose your new cat/kitten. It includes Questions to ask on selecting the breed and type of pet you get, where you get it from, what you’ll need to buy for your new pet and how best to settle them into their new home – making sure their health and wellbeing is all taken care of.
Questions to consider for choosing your new Dog or Puppy
- What breed of cat do you want and would be suitable for your house and garden?
- Is your house near a busy road – would they be safe to roam outside?
- What sort of temperament will suit your lifestyle?
- Do you need the cat to be family friendly?
- Would you be able to rescue a cat or kitten rather than buy one?
- Do you know how to find a reputable breeder?
- How long will the cat be left for each day? Do you work long hours? Would it be fair?
- What will you do when you go away? Are there good local Catteries or family member who could come and stay. Cats find moving location very stressful
- Can you afford all the routine and non-routine – food and vet trips and bills
What to buy for your new best friend:
- Collar – with ID tag and contact number
- Bed and Blanket
- Litter Tray, Litter and Cleaning out Equipment
- Travel Carrier
- Water and Food Bowl
- Assortment of Toys and Cuddly Toy for comfort
- Good Quality Food – suitable for age and type
- Grooming Brush
- Scratching Post
Other things to remember for your new pet:
- Go through your house and work out what could be a hazard for your new pet from steep steps to electrical wires and removing hazards from their reach.
- Check your house and garden for poisonous plants and substances which they may be able to reach. Remember how good cats are at climbing!
- Consider how you will gradually introduce them to your existing pets and family members doing it in a calm and controlled manner avoids over excitement and stress. Do not overwhelm or force your new cat or kitten to interact, let them take in the situation and make their own introductions.
- Register your new pet at the local vets, they will often organise an initial health check and schedule your regular worming and flea treatments. Kittens need to go in to be checked and weighed as well as they grow. This process helps them associate the vets with non-traumatic events, rather than only going when they are very sick or hurt. Also get the vet to check their micro-chip works and is registered to you!