Top 10 New Kitten Essentials

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6. Kitten-proofing essentials

Now that you have all the basics set up, it’s time to look around your home and identify things that could be dangerous for your new kitten. Make sure you look up as well as down. Put away any dangerous (or precious) knick-knacks that a curious kitten could knock over. Hide your electrical cords or invest in pet-proof covers for them. You may also want to grab some furniture guards, at least until your kitty learns to use a scratching post. Which brings us to…

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7. Scratching posts for those claws

If you buy just one piece of cat furniture, make it a scratching post. Kittens instinctively need to sharpen those claws, and you don’t want them doing it on your expensive sofa, door frame, or antique coffee table. Go with a sisal-wrapped post. Sure, a carpeted post looks nicer but sisal or other strong rope is just more satisfying to scratch for your kitty.

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8. Flea and tick medications

Even if you’re planning on having an indoor-only cat (which you really should consider doing), you’ll still want to talk to your vet about the best kitten-friendly flea and tick medicine. Unless you live in the Arctic Circle, at some point during the year you’re going to come into contact with these nasty critters. They’ll hitch a ride into your home on your clothes, then hop onto your kitten first chance they get, where they’ll make her miserable and multiply by the thousands. Before you know it, you’re calling an exterminator to bug bomb your home. So, do yourself a huge favor and just get the flea and tick medicine, even if you really think you don’t need it.

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9. Fun cat furniture for climbing and playing

These last two things aren’t necessarily vital to your kitten’s well-being, but they definitely make life more fun for him! Cat trees come in all shapes and sizes, from space-savers that fit snugly into a corner to cat mansions that take up half the room. The overall size is up to you, but as you shop, look for trees that have alternating levels relatively close together so your kitten can make the leap with her itty-bitty kitty legs.

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10. Enrichment Toys

Last but far from least, grab a couple of fun toys for kitty to play with. Interactive cat toys are a good choice, but you don’t’ have to spend a fortune on high-tech gadgets to have fun with your kitty. A plain old stick with feathers attached to the end or a crinkly ball is just as fun if you’re at the other end.

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Sure, you can buy all of these things after you bring home your new kitty, but if you plan ahead and at least get the food, litter, and medical necessities out of the way, you’ll have a lot more bonding time after you bring her home!

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Nicole is a writer and editor at, a site dedicated to helping both new and seasoned cat parents lead the very best lives possible with their kitty companions. She’s currently a pet parent to three cats and two dogs.

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