What to buy list, for kitten?(11 Posts)
We've had a look on various websites but would love mumsnetters experiences and opinions of what to purchase for a kitten. What would you recommend or is there anything you now think you probably didn't need! So far, we have a carry case - that's all! Going shopping tomorrow....
Hard plastic carrier, get a biggish one because they grow.
Side plates for food
Metal or ceramic water bowl
Litter tray, non clumping litter in case they eat it
Fleeces to lie on
Enjoy. Kittens are mental.
Litter tray and litter. I used the anti bac mixed with wood chip one.
I have a pet bowl for food and messy cat still gets it everywhere
A toy to pat around floor and one you can hold and dangle.
Kitten food and kitten biscuit
We need to arrange insurance and vets. Can we do this prior to collecting our kitten or once she's arrived?
If your kitten is from a breeder they may give you a few weeks insurance. If not I'm sure you can get it online or over the phone. I got my cat's insurance at their first vet visit a couple of days after I had them. It was with Petplan and unfortunately I made claims for both cats, Troy, £3,600 worth of treatment. There was no quibbling and they paid out quickly after my claim was submitted.
Don't forget the MN kitten rule either. Photos please.
Get her a kitten scratch post. A little box she can run in to when she needs some timeout - a cardboard box will do with a little fleece in side. Will she be sleeping with you? If not, you might like to get her a little covered hot water bottle that she can snuggle up to at nighttime in her box.
Are you new to kitten/cat servitude? If so, have a look at the Cole & Marmalade videos. They're very sweet and entertaining.
Google Jackson Galaxy- us cat behaviourist . Good insights.
Don't encourage kitty to play with your fingers.
Get a kicker - let's them do natural cat behaviour only not with your arm. There are some cute kitten ones.
You need stuff so they can exhibit natural behaviors - scratching, climbing, hunting etc Also some puzzle toys are good.
You don't need to spend 90% of your monthly income on cat toys. Except it is quite hard not to keep buying fun stuff from amazon! I swear to god the post room at work are sick of me and my cat toy shopping addiction.
A cat tree is good so the kitten has something to climb and also somewhere high to escape to.
All cats are different but my kitten didn't like the vertical scratcher so I got him a horizontal one, and he loves it. He loves it so much I got him another one for my bedroom as he likes to have a scratch as soon as he wakes up.
I can really recomend a da bird feather/wand toy - that has been a great thing to play with. Get a pack of replacement feathers.
+1 for a kicker toy, I got a kong one.
I also got a tunnel for the kitten this is probably been the best value toy. He loves to ounce through it, hide, jump over it, peek thru the middle hidey hole.
My kitten didn't like hard plastic balls or ones that rattled, but he does love these ones:
Also.... this is really expensive but my kitten has really enjoyed it
I've been really strict about not playing with hands (only with toys) and so far have only been scratched twice when he was going for a toy in my hand and I didn't throw it quick enough.
Check what cat litter and food they're using/eating and get the same. You're less likely to get little tray accidents or upset tummies due to a different food. Also, they'll be familiar with them. You can always change them over slowly, ie half/half over a few days in the future.
We bought various toys for ours. The favourite was ping pong balls (you can buy them for pets in pet shops), we were woken up at 6am the first morning to the sounds of them chasing them and hitting the skirting board.
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