Getting Ready for a New Kitten

Have you recently decided to bring a new feline friend into your home? Congratulations! We’re always happy to see animals going to great new forever homes. While your feline buddy may grow up to be an independent napping champion, Fluffy’s first few months are a very crucial time. Kittens are nothing if not adorable, but they’re also very, very curious, sometimes too curious for their own good. In this article from your Arlington Heights vet, you’ll read some tips on getting ready for your new furbaby.


First and foremost, before you bring your new ball of fluff home, you’ll need to make sure that your house is safe for her. Removing any toxic plants should be first on your list. Next, move any medications, household cleaners, and chemicals, such as automotive products, so they’re locked away from the reach of little paws. Once that’s done, you’ll want to secure any cords or wires, such as electrical wires or hanging drape cords, as these can be choking hazards. Keep any small items, like sewing kit parts, secure in their cases. Last but not least, make sure to keep household appliances, like toilets and dryers, closed.


A trip to the store is in order before you bring little Fluffy home. You’ll want to pick up a litter box, food and water dishes, a brush, food and treats, and plenty of kitty toys. Your feline friend will appreciate a cat tower or kitty house. A scratching post or board is recommended, as you’ll want to teach Kitty proper scratching etiquette from the start. Your feline furbaby will also appreciate a warm bed of her own to snuggle up in for a nap.


If possible, try to pick up the little one on a Friday, so you’ll have the weekend to stay home and help her settle in. Even if you’ve had cats before, it’s a good idea to do some research on kitten care. It’s never too late to learn something new about caring for a baby feline. We also advise getting your camera or smartphone ready, because you’re in for a lot of super cute moments!

Please call us, your local Arlington Heights vet clinic, for all your kitten’s veterinary care appointments. We are here to help with all of your pet care needs!

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