What to Buy for a New Kitten
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...
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.
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.
Want to hide the litter box from visiting humans? Be ultra-discrete by disguising it as a nice piece of furniture.
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
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'.
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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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!
(Ours came in blue.)
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. :)
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.
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. :)