Please help me compile a list of must haves for a kitten!

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RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 12:29:11

We're picking up our Ragdoll kitten in December and we've never owned cats before. Only dogs! Please help me compile a list of the essentials and where is best to buy from?

Ragdolls are a large house cat breed.

Also any advice really welcome!

QforCucumber Sun 08-Nov-15 12:33:31

Cuddles and lots more cuddles grin
Litter tray,
Something to put under litter tray to catch stray litter
Scratch post
Separate water, meat, biscuit bowls
Toys (ours love the ones made from sizal rope to get their claws into)

More cuddles grin

I'd say a bed, but our 2 shun their bed and prefer the cushions on the sofa

QforCucumber Sun 08-Nov-15 12:35:27

Oh and for a ragdoll a brush! Helps stop the moult.

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IguanaTail Sun 08-Nov-15 12:38:04

Some packets of dreamies.
A box with 5 sides so that it can snuggle somewhere and feel safe and not exposed.

KeepCalm74 Sun 08-Nov-15 12:49:21

Ping pong balls - they love them!

PolterGoose Sun 08-Nov-15 13:08:19

I'd recommend a horizontal cardboard scratcher as well as the usual vertical type, and get a tall vertical one as many are too short for adult cats who like to stretch to scratch.

PolterCat really likes the Kong cat toys.

Mine loves his beds smile

TheNoodlesIncident Sun 08-Nov-15 14:02:42

No bed? Are you sure...?

Maybe this will persuade you

IguanaTail Sun 08-Nov-15 14:44:04

Oh noodle that is one adorable cat.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Sun 08-Nov-15 14:49:24

This is your second ragdoll thread.

Why have you only put photos on your other one?

grin

Sticky Mitts. They remove hair and fluff from your clothes and are vitally important!

I recommend a bed too - OldBoy has one of those cushion ones with an added pomfy blanket so he can snuggle down if it's a bit chilly.

CharminglyGawky Sun 08-Nov-15 15:32:53

Essentials are;
- food
- bowls
- litter tray and litter
- collar with tag in case they sneak out quick release is safest.
- to register with a vet as soon as you have the kitten
- insurance unless you have the funds to pay hundreds of pound at the drop of a hat if something goes wrong!
- a brush (since kitty is a ragdoll) , furminator are great but for a young kitten that won't be used to brushing I'd start with a zoom groom it feels like a massage!

You may want;
- Beds (note a cardboard box with a blanket would probably be the cat's choice!)
- toys, lots and lots of toys, dangly ones, squeaky ones, jingle balls and then watch them find the lid of a milk bottle the most exciting thing ever!
- pet blankets to put on their fave bit of the sofa, it will be snuggly on leather or stop hair embedding itself into a fabric sofa, also useful if kitty likes to knead with claws out!
- scratching post, those cardboard scratchers are good.
- cat tree, can be toys, bed and scratching post all rolled into one!
- earplugs for when they decide that 3am is playtime!

I used to work in a rescue, kittens are awesome little things!

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 16:00:35

Thanks all we bought a cardboard scratcher today and a few toys. Also bought a large pet carrier to bring him home with grin

Milk two sugars I thought epicurus would help the naming thread.

I shall now add pictures in aid of helping this one haha.

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 16:01:23

Thanks all we bought a cardboard scratcher today and a few toys. Also bought a large pet carrier to bring him home with grin

Milk two sugars I thought epicurus would help the naming thread.

I shall now add pictures in aid of helping this one haha.

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 16:02:07

and more grin

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 16:02:32

and more grin

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 16:02:51

A picture **

Pipestheghost Sun 08-Nov-15 16:45:27

Ahhh, he's so cute.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 08-Nov-15 17:59:43

Blu tack to secure ornaments. Even the big things you think the cat cant possibly knock over.

Archfarchnad Sun 08-Nov-15 18:18:39

Plenty of advice from others so nothing to add there. But I would point out that on both threads you've spoken about 'owning' a cat. Now this is a fundamental misapprehension about the nature of the cat - human relationship, and things will go sadly awry with your new family member if you don't check your attitude sharpish. grin

According to Jackson Galaxy (presents very amusing cat behavioural programme available on YouTube) humans are 'cat guardians', but we all know that we are, in actual fact, nowt more than staff. Our sole purpose in life is to tend to our masters' (and mistresses') every whim, whether that be cuddling them at 3am or allowing them to bring in various remnants of dead prey and scatter them around the house as 'presents' or feeding them the one flavour of the one brand that is currently in favour (which you are expected to automatically know), or controlling the weather outside. All these things will be part of your 'duties' from now on. If you get it right you will be rewarded with a head butt and a cheek rub. Get it wrong and you will suffer the consequences!

He's gorgeous though - he'll have you under the paw in no time. Ah, he's an inside breed, isn't he, so you'll be spared the disembowelled mice. But that means you'll have to spend all the more time playing with the Flying Frenzy to tire him out.

RagdollObsessed Sun 08-Nov-15 18:21:59

Thanks arch and of course!! As long as he pays me in cuddles I'll do whatever he wantsgrin

Thankfully yes indoor cat and ragdolls have rubbish hunting skills so I hear!!

Oldraver Tue 10-Nov-15 15:37:20

toys, lots and lots of toys, dangly ones, squeaky ones, jingle balls and then watch them find the lid of a milk bottle the most exciting thing ever!

Ours loves the green Nerf discs...he can roll and flip them around.

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