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New Kitten Checklist

New Kitten Checklist

Congratulations! You’ve added a new kitten to the family. This is a fun and exciting time as you get to know this adorable little newcomer. This is also a time when a great amount of learning takes place and your kitten needs you to be prepared so you can start her off on the right foot. To make things easier, efficient and safe for everyone concerned, here is a list of some general essentials to guide you in the right direction. If this is your first experience with a cat though, I strongly suggest you take the time to read a good book on kitten and cat care because there are so many details that can’t be included in a brief article. Being prepared on how to safeguard your kitten, bond, train and provide proper veterinary and nutritional care will help ensure your newest furry family member has a long and healthy life. It’s also important to know how cats communicate and show affection. For many first-time cat parents, they make the mistake of comparing cats to dogs and that’s a losing situation for everyone. Cats aren’t little dogs. There are also many training mistakes that are easy to make as you guide your little kitten through life. You can find my step-by-step training techniques as well as all the other information you’ll need on raising your kitten in my book, Think Like a Cat: how to raise a well-adjusted cat and not a sour puss.

This article will give you an introduction to the basic essentials your new kitten will need, so here we go

Basic Equipment for Kittens


Good quality kitten food

Fresh water

A “sanctuary” room where he can be initially confined

Uncovered litter box (low sides for easy entry)

Scoopable, unscented litter

Litter scoop

Food bowl (a size that’s easy for a kitten)

Water bowl (separate from the food bowl)

Scratching post (sisal covered)

Soft grooming brush

Nail trimmers

Safe toys for solo play

Interactive play toys (fishing pole design)

Cozy bed

Hiding places (box on its side, cat tunnel, etc)

Cat carrier