Pets are almost like children regarding the number of things we can accumulate to keep them entertained and healthy. What do you need to have on hand before bringing your new kitten home? Check the list below for pointers.

 Food

Food for growing kittens is different than food for mature cats. Kittens need specific nutrients necessary to support their growing systems. Look for food specifically developed to meet the needs of kittens. Cat food is labeled according to the cat’s stage of life, from kittens to aging cats. Be sure to follow portioning instructions as you don’t want to overfeed your kitten. Talk to your veterinarian about your kitten’s nutritional needs.

Litter and Litter pans

Several types of cat litter are available. Litter simulates the sandy or soft soil a cat would use outdoors while going to the bathroom. Litter is made from clay, recyclable paper, or silica gel. The first cat litter was non-clumping clay. Clumping cat litter was developed later. It makes the removal of the soiled product easier. Litter made from silica can last up to a month. Litter pans come in open and closed styles, with the opening in either the front or top. Some litter trays are self-cleaning.

Toys

Kittens love toys. Felines are a very playful species. Feathers on the end of a stick are a fun toy for a kitten. Stores carry various cat toys, including catnip, stuffed mice, rubber balls, plastic balls containing bells, and laser pointers. A ring off of a milk jug makes an inexpensive homemade cat toy, as does a ball of string or yarn. Cats also enjoy having a scratching post to sharpen their claws, thus saving your furniture.

Treats

Treats purchased at the store come in both seafood and poultry flavors. Some treats are designed to help remove tartar from their teeth. Dry cat food can also be used as a treat. Like dog biscuits, cat treats can be homemade. Use them to reward your kitten for good behavior or distract them from an unpleasant activity such as visiting the veterinarian or being groomed.

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