Essentials for Your Kitten:
Becoming a cat owner is an exciting step in anyone’s life! Cats are great pets and will provide you with entertainment and a lifetime of love and affection. They’re also pretty independent, so will keep themselves entertained every now and then too. But if you’ve not had a kitten before, or simply need to refresh your memory, there’s a lot to take on board if you’re going to care for your cat as best possible. Here are a few essentials that every cat owner should invest in to give their kitten the best start in life!
This isn’t the most fun investment to start out with, but flea treatment really is an essential for any kitten. Ask your vet for the right formula and dosage to suit your kitten’s needs, as well as advice on when to start using flea treatments on your kitten. You really don’t want your cat to get fleas. These are small, wingless insects that will feed on their blood and cause them discomfort. They can also spread into your carpets and upholstery, potentially biting you and members of your family too!
Cats tend to like to have their own dedicated space to sleep in, whether that’s throughout the night or for napping during the day. So, make sure to find a comfortable option that fits your cat perfectly. There are countless different types of beds on the market, from novelty shaped beds to a Calming Pet Bed. The one that will best suit your cat will depend on your cat’s individual needs and preferences.
When we think of pets and toys, we often automatically think of puppies and dogs. This is often because dogs tend to be a lot more playful and inquisitive than cats come across as. But believe it or not, cats often do love toys! Sure, these may be a little different to dog toys, but with a little research and trial and error with different toys, you will eventually find your kitten’s favourite. Common toys enjoyed by kittens include:
- Small, prey-sized toys that can be used in games that mimic hunting
- Toys that can move in fast and unpredictable ways
- Fishing rod type toys
- Lasers (make sure never to shine these in your cat’s eyes)
- Soft toys shaped like mice or fish
- Small cat balls
While collars are a legal requirement for dogs, they’re optional for cats. But it’s a good idea to invest in one anyway. A collar will make sure that others know your cat has a home and isn’t a stray. This can prevent someone else from taking your cat in. A collar can also have a bell attached, to alert wildlife to your cat’s presence, preventing your cat from catching as many mice or birds and bringing them home. Research collar safety and always buy safety collars without elastic inserts.
These are just a few of the essentials you’ll need to invest in for your kitten, but hopefully, some of this information will get your journey off to the best start!