Congratulations on rescuing your new cat!
Now let’s talk details!
If this is your first pet, you might be a little nervous. First-time-parent jitters are normal so take a deep breath. You can do this! Because adopting a new pet comes with a lot of change for both pet and pet parent, we’ve compiled a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Here is your new pet guide!
Some expenses are mandatory for all pets, including:
Routine veterinary care
Kitty litter and box
Basic grooming equipment and supplies
Other expenditures may not be required but are highly recommended:
Permanent identification, such as a microchip
Additional grooming supplies or professional grooming (depending on your new pet’s needs)
A bed and toys
A crate or carrier
Accidents and illness can result in costly emergency veterinary care. Recovery tools for finding a missing pet can include posters and rewards.
A pet with special physical or behavioral challenges may require specialized professional support to overcome any obstacles these issues present.
Pets need to be fed daily, and need a constant supply of fresh water.
Clean litter boxes to avoid out of box accidents.
A responsible pet parent should spend at least one hour per day giving direct attention to his or her pet. This may include grooming, playing or may just be lap time on the couch.
A pet with an abundance of energy needs more time to exercise and interactive toys to keep them entertained.
Pets with certain medical conditions may need additional attention, including specifically timed injections in the case of diabetic animals.
Remember that adopted pets may need additional bonding and reassurance time in the early weeks.
Be sure to find out which food your pet was eating in the foster home so that you can provide the same in the beginning to ease the transition. After the pet has settled in, talk with your veterinarian about switching to the food of your choice.
Food and water bowls
Food (canned and/or dry)
Litter box and scooper
Hard plastic carrier
Feline toothbrush and toothpaste
Brush or comb (depends on your cat’s coat length and type)
Super-absorbent paper towels
Sponge and scrub brush
Variety of toys (toys including catnip are a favorite)
You are embarking on a wonderful and rewarding relationship. While there are many steps you need to take right now, also be sure to enjoy it. This is an exciting time so try to smell the roses and bask in the excitement of welcoming a new family member.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. When you adopt a pet from A’s Cat Rescue, we become partners for the life of the pet and will do everything within reason to support your ongoing commitment with this animal.