If you’ve recently decided to adopt a cat for the very first time, congratulations, and welcome to the club!
Between the toe beans, late-night crazy time, toys, and (more than) the occasional scratch, having a feline in your midst will be a big change for both of you. Right off the bat, it’s important to know that your new little friend will be scared to death in your home. Cats are naturally more withdrawn than dogs so the adjustment process is quite different.
What to Know Before Bringing Home Your New Cat
Establish a “cat room” where you can let her explore the strange surroundings without getting too overwhelmed.
Put food, water and toys in this space and slowly expand “visits” to other parts of the house. Keep extending the amount of time out and about until she’s comfortable. Make sure you cat-proof your home or apartment and check to make sure there are no small objects, cleaning products or anything else potentially hazardous laying around.
But before you officially bring your buddy home, make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need. Whether you’ve adopted a tiny kitten or a full-grown cat, read on for 10 essential items and a myriad of tips to make your furry friend feel more at home.
First things first, get yourself a nice-sized litter box. You may think boxes on the market will be too big for your kitty, but she needs plenty of room to do her business and cover it up afterwards. I recommend buying one with a lid, as this blocks a lot of bad odors and generally keeps your living space smelling fresher. This Petphabet box comes with a removable jumbo lid for easy daily cleaning, and it’s roomy enough that two cats could fit at the same time. The best part? It comes in blue, teal, and green so your kitty can be stylish and fresh.
The next thing you need to fill the box with is a reliable litter brand. There are tons of brands out there to choose from, but the one I’ve had the most success with is Purina Tidy Cats LightWeight 24/7 litter. My cat Lucy drinks large amounts of water (my vet once said he drinks more than any cat she’d ever seen), so I’m always picking up big pee clumps to ensure he has enough soft litter to do his thing. This litter scoops like an absolute dream, and it doesn’t over-clump and create a rock-hard nightmare for your buddy in the box. It’s also light as a feather, just like it promises.