Bringing a new kitten home is exciting! Kittens are little packages of joy and energy that breathe life into a household. At Anasazi Animal Clinic, we love kittens too! We want to help you make adopting a kitten as stress-free as possible. We’re here to help you get prepared and to support you in raising your new kitten. Here are the top four things you should put at the top of your new kitten checklist.

1: Prepare Your Home for Your Kitten

Part of what makes kittens so much fun is their curiosity and energy. However, that same curiosity can also get them into trouble when your back is turned. Before bringing a kitten home, you’ll need to take the time to kitten-proof your house! 

Go through every and check for anything that might be toxic to your new kitten. Certain houseplants (like lilies), vitamins and medications, and household cleaning products should be removed or secured where your kitten can’t them. 

You will also need a litter box for your new kitten. One of the best tips for new kitten owners is to start litter box training from day one. Whatever type of litter box and litter you choose, make sure it is in a quiet and safe location.

2: Purchase a Carrier for Your Kitten

Before bringing a kitten home, purchase a cat carrier. This is the safest way to transport your kitten from the adoption agency to their new home. You’ll need a cat carrier for future vet appointments as well. There are many different types of carriers and they range in price. It might take a little time to figure out what cat carrier is best for you, but it is worth the investment to keep your kitty safe!

3: Buy Food, Treats, and Toys

When it comes to choosing food and treats for your new kitten, talk to your vet at Anasazi Animal Clinic. We can suggest the best brands and let you know which brands or types of food to avoid. Picking out quality food and treats will make sure your kitten gets all the nutrients they need.

Picking out the right toys is equally important! Play is essential to a kitten’s development and happiness, but some toys can be dangerous. Look for toys that are sturdy and will be hard for your kitten to destroy. Like puppies, kittens can easily choke on small, broken pieces. 

You will also need a collar with an ID tag for your kitten. Make sure to purchase a kitten or cat-specific collar that is designed to slip off if it gets caught on something, to prevent choking and injuries. If you are thinking of walking your kitten outside, you should also purchase a harness and a lead so you can start leash training early. 

4: Schedule Your Kitten’s First Vet Visit

Our most important new kitten tip is to schedule your kitten’s first vet visit within a week of bringing them home. Even if they’ve already received their first round of shots, getting a wellness checkup is very important! You can schedule your kitten’s booster shots and get your kitten more comfortable with traveling and with visiting the vet. 

Are you bringing a kitten home soon? If you need a local veterinarian in Gilbert, Arizona, we would love to welcome you and your new pet to the furry family at Anasazi Animal Clinic! Contact us to set up your kitten’s first visit.

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