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What to Buy for a New Kitten

Updated on May 15, 2014

Meet Spot!

Bringing a new kitten into your home can be a wonderful experience! I recently added this adorable tiger-striped joy to my life. His name is "Spot". :)

If you are adding a kitten to your household soon, you can expect your kitty to need a few things to start off comfortably and safely. Here are some of the things I found most useful...

The Basics:

Food and Litter

Everybody's gotta eat and poop, right?

Kittens need 'kitten' food, not 'cat' food. There's a difference in the nutrition, so plan on kitten food for the first year.

You can serve wet (canned) food, or dry (kibble) food. Your kitten may show a strong preference for certain types and/or flavors. It's a good idea not to stock up on too much of one kind until you're sure your kitty will like it.

Here are some examples of kitten food that you can buy conveniently online and have delivered...

Litter and Litter Boxes

Give your kitten a comfortable, convenient, and clean place to 'go' and he or she will use it.

Petmate Hooded Litter Pan Set Large, Black/Gray
Petmate Hooded Litter Pan Set Large, Black/Gray

Some kitties like the privacy of a hooded litter box. It's also handy for keeping litter from being kicked out of the box when your kitten covering up waste.

Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure in Espresso
Designer Catbox Litter Box Enclosure in Espresso

Want to hide the litter box from visiting humans? Be ultra-discrete by disguising it as a nice piece of furniture.

SmartCat Corner Litter Box, Gray
SmartCat Corner Litter Box, Gray

If your kitty ever develops a preference for peeing in the corner, this is the perfect solution!



I have a very strong preference for 'clumping' or 'scoopable' cat litter. It makes it so much easier to clean the litter box, and keeps odors away.

A Place to Call Home...

The Kitty Apartment

Training Crate set up as a "kitty apartment".
Training Crate set up as a "kitty apartment".

This is actually listed as a "dog" training crate, but it also works as a kitty 'apartment' if you need to leave your cat home alone and need to have him or her confined while you're away. It's perfect for days when service-people are expected to be in your home or apartment while you're at work.

I set this one up with a soft blanket, food and water, and a litter box. It's big enough even for a grown cat to stand up in and not feel cramped. If you expect to need to corral your kitten often, this is a much more comfortable alternative to a transport crate.

Leave the crate set up with the door(s) open, and your kitten will very likely learn to go in and out fearlessly and think of it as his or her own personal 'cave'.

MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate
MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate

I like this model because it has doors on two sides. They make it more convenient when cleaning or moving things in and out of it, and lets it sit in more locations with easy access.


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"What to Buy for a New Kitten"

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Virtual Jenga 2012 Challenge!


Kittens Need Toys!

Spot's Favorite Toy...

A friend gave this to Spot as a present just after he turned one. He has SO much fun with it that I'm just amazed.

The ball is trapped in the track, so it never gets lost. He has endless hours of fun forcing it to start, stop, and change direction. The center is a scratching pad. It comes with cat-nip to sprinkle on it, but my kitty loves to play with it even when I haven't sprinkled any recently.

If you get just one toy for your kitten, this should definitely be the one!

Favorite Toy!

Favorite Toy!
Favorite Toy!

Eek! It's a Mouse!

My kitty *loves* these mice! They have soft realistic fur, and they come in a handy 20-pack. Why 'handy", you ask? Because Spot likes the way they slide around on the kitchen floor, and they invariably end up sliding under the stove. It's good to have spares. :)

20 x Cat Toy Realistic Fur Mice
20 x Cat Toy Realistic Fur Mice

These authentic-looking mice will give your kitten hours of fun and exercise, and they are a healthy outlet for a his or her natural hunting instinct. Be prepared to play 'fetch'. My kitty loves to have me throw these across the room for him to chase over and over.


Kittens Love Cat Grass!

I have to keep two pots of this, and rotate one at a time out of the kitty's reach, so it has a chance to grow. He thinks it's so yummy!

Lucky for me, cat grass is *really* easy to grow, (because I seem to kill everything else but dandelions!). Just sprinkle the seeds on potting soil, add water, and put it in the sun. You'll have grass shoots within a couple days, and a full pot to munch on in just over a week.

Blissful Munching...

Blissful Munching...
Blissful Munching...
Data & Spot - Paramount Publicity Photo
Data & Spot - Paramount Publicity Photo

Why my tiger-striped cat is named "Spot"...

Everyone asks this, so I'll just bring it up now. Spot is named after a television and movie character. On the "Star Trek - The Next Generation" series, the android officer, Lieutenant-Commander Data, has an orange cat named "Spot".

As a long-time fan of both Star Trek and cats, I thought it was the perfect name for my new kitty. :)

Quick Poll!

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Do you have a new kitten? Are you plannig to get one soon? Tell me about your kitty! :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Spot is so precious. Found this on Pinterest.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Lens and very useful information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "I am just so happy to see Spot!" lol, love it!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I really miss not having a kitty... we've been travelling seasonally, and it's been difficult to justify getting another pet since travelling is pretty rough on kitties. But, I just have a feeling we're going to break down soon anyway! I love adopting little friends...

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Wow, this Turbo Scratcher seems great for my cat! But grass did not work for us, when she wanted to eat grass, she has dragged out grass with seeds and grass was all over the place, I think she was just playing with the grass, LOL :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to enjoy this nice lens again. I especially liked your part on cat toys.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      My very spoiled kitty is named Walker, Florida Feline.

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      not yet.. but this lens is so cute i cdn't resist sticking to it..

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      JNimmo 5 years ago

      I have 4 cats, all of them are tabbies and love them all

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      My friend just adopted a brand new kitten. :) Cute lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just got a puppy, I wish I had gotten a kitten at the same time !

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      Spot is adorable!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Great tips on raising a kitten. I love the cat apartment that you've created.


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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I took in my last three kittens in 2007-2008, at least for a while. Five cats is my limit. So my "babies" are four and five years old now.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I rescue cats and kittens, I love them.

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      AmandaTWaH 5 years ago

      One thing about the litter... most vets say to avoid clumping cat litter for very young kittens because they will eat the litter to figure out what it is and it can clump up after they eat it. Clumping cat litter can also cause urinary infections in some cats. I use all-natural litters made from pine and they work really well! There are clumping versions of it too. The best part is that the natural scent covers up the smell of the litter box really well.

      Also, as your cat gets bigger, you should try and give them boxes to play with! Not only will they have a great time, but chewing on the cardboard helps keep their teeth cleaner and makes them feel better when they are teething.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Cute lens!

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      Debra Lobel 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      My last kitten was the coolest. He played with the fish, the bird and the dogs. He approached everyone and loved kids. The friendliest cat I ever met.

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      MoniqueDesigns 5 years ago

      We have that exact cat apartment. Great lens!

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      XODM 5 years ago

      I really loved that post, used to have cats when i was young

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      BW Duerr 5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Not planning to for a while since I now have a cat & dog. Great tips for welcoming a new cat into your home. Love the turbo scratcher. Hadn't seen one before, but sounds like a great dual purpose toy.

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      AbbyN334 5 years ago

      Iâm going to rescue another kitten from the shelter later this summer. I canât wait!! I have a list going of what I need to get to prepare. The info here is very helpful, good food suggestions, but Iâve decided Iâm going to try the grain-free Alpha for my kitten this time. Iâve read a lot about it and how grain-free is a good option for cats. Plus Natural Balance is my favorite brand, and I wonât have to switch to an âadultâ food when she/he grows up. Iâve done that before and itâs not fun with the picky ones!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Olivia agrees with everything here. She sends you a warm "Meow" as appreciation for this important service to kittens.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Don't have any kittens or cats, but I sometimes think I might like to have one. Love the photos of Spot!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      very nice lens, i don't have a kitty but i really love them :P

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens and lots of good information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I love kittens. Ours are cats now and love them even more. One thing to mention is that the little box for a small kitten should be on the short side so that they can easily get in and out. Great ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      New kittens are the cutest of cute and they need tender loving care which you have given excellent guidance for those who haven't cared for a kitten before or those who are wanting to make improvements. My sister and I used to dress all of Banjo's kittens up in our doll dresses, the dolls didn't seem to mind! I thought of Data right away when I read "Spot", I always thought that was so cool. Congratulations on a very sweet Virtual Jenga challenge lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      No plans here to get a kitten nor a cat but your page will help others who are.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      No kittens in our house, only the neighbours cats who keep messing in the garden. A new kitten in our house would get a cage and a one way ticket to somewhere far enough away so it can't find it's way back lol :)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      So cool! Out of all the Jenga lenses, two are about orange cats. Congrats on your gorgeous Spot and I enjoyed all the gift ideas for new kitty kids.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      We are now a one-cat family - Harmony, the tabby, insists upon it and she's the head of this house!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      No, I don't have one, but eventually will get a couple.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      My daughter is going to get a new kitten in a couple of weeks. There is a litter of abandoned kittens that a friend has been bottle feeding, but they aren't quite old enough to adopt yet. So adorable!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      A young cat has adopted us and never having a cat before we are clueless but this lens and the young cat are teaching us well! Nice lens -- thanks :>)