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Owning A Cat

Supplies You Need To Own a Cat

Here is a list of the absolute essential things that you need to purchase before you can welcome your new kitty into your home:

Litter Box:
Make sure you get a litter box that is the right size for the age of the kitten. Avoid boxes with "high walls" as these might be too difficult for a tiny kitten to climb into. However if your cat is a cat litter “kicker” then buy one with higher walls to avoid cat litter that has been tossed out of the box from being tracked all over the house. Also try to place the litter box in a private dark place. Many kittens are nervous about going in litter box that are too near doors or too much day to day traffic.

Litter for the Litter Box:
The bad news is that it might take a few hits and misses before you find the type of litter that your cat that likes best. Some cats prefer the very finely grained litter, and some prefer the coarser types. Don't give up if your kitten does not seem thrilled at first. They will definitely let you know when you have hit upon the right mixture (If you get your cat from a breeder, he or she should be able to suggest which kind of kitty litter is best for your type of cat. If you have multiple cats there are also special kitty litter mixtures that you can use to reduce odour.

Scratching Posts:
Scratching posts are an invaluable tool when it comes to training your kitten to stop scratching your furniture. One of the signs that you own a cat with healthy instincts if she or he starts scratching their claws on the furniture. Perhaps the most common type of scratching posts are actually pedestals or posts lined with carpet or twined with sisal rope. Don’t discipline your cat if he or she scratches your furniture and you have not provided a scratching posting. Being able to satisfy the instinct to scratch without discipline from you is crucial to the emotional health of a cat.

A Dematter:
This looks like a comb but that is filled with short thin bristles. An occasional brush with this invaluable tool keeps cat hair off your furniture and also keeps the cat's fur from tangling or matting.

Nail Clippers:
Trimming the kitten's nails should be done weekly. This avoids accidental scratching of human skin and damage to valuable furniture.

Glass or Stainless Steel Bowls:
Food and water bowls made out of plastic wood or ceramic contain tiny fissures that can grow harmful bacteria. Make sure you wash these bowls after every use! Otherwise, stick with glass or stainless steel to protect your cat from disease and bacteria.

Toys to play with:
Like children, cats need to play with toys. You should avoid cat toys with small strings, beads or detachable parts as a kitten can choke on these or swallow them.

A Cat Carrier:
This is a portable cage that protects your kitten (and others!) during travel and trips to the vet. The carrier should be large enough for the kitten to stand up in and do a complete turn. Before choosing a carrier, try and buy one that will fit your pet after he grows into a cat.

Check with your veterinarian to see which food is right for your growing kitten.

A Cat Bed:
Kittens love to know that they have a special place that they can call their own. This also prevents them from getting the idea that your bed is theirs. Your kitten will soon know that this is his or her special place. Choose a bed that is well-constructed and machine washable or a basket with a pillow in it.