New Cat Checklist

Have you just adopted or purchased a cat? That’s great! Congratulations! If you are going to purchase or adopt a cat in the future, this article is still helpful for you. Having a cat has always been a great experience and we wish you all the best for your relationship with your cat. It is important to mention that adopting a cat will be a different experience and you should be prepared for it. You will also need a suitable house and many items for your cat. This article shed light on all the needs of a typical cat. So continue reading to read the new cat checklists.


Questions for All Adopters:

Before you purchase or adopt a cat, make sure your ask the following questions:

  • Are you or anyone living with you allergic to cats?
  • How will the people react to the adoption of a cat?
  • How will your other pets (if any) react to this new cat?
  • Will this adoption of cat affect your work and social life?
  • Is your residence big enough to adopt this incoming cat?
  • Are you going to adopt the cat during holidays or vacations?
  • If the environment of your house is tense, it can affect the cat.
  • Will you and your fellows be able to tolerate cat hair, dirt, etc.?
  • Did you check what cat breed will suit your lifestyle and presences?
  • Is there an adult person in the house who will take care of the cat?
  • Do you or any of your household/family members have health issues that may be affected by a cat?


Other Considerations:

The following considerations are also important to take in to account:

  • Will young cat suit your lifestyle or a grown up cat will be a better match?
  • Would you like to have a cat that follows the owner everywhere or you need a less clingy cat?
  • The cat might not be familiar with you and your house’s environment, are you ready to spend time with the cat?
  • If there are little kids in your house, you will have to take care of the kids if this new cat is around because some cats can hurt babies.
  • If the cat you are going to adopt is too young, you will have to spare enough time for that cat’s upbringing and training as per your lifestyle.

Cat Costs:

You are going to have a cat in your house and you will have to incus different expenses. Please note that just like human beings, cats also have certain needs. They cannot explain their needs to you but you can read about their most of needs here. The list below exhibits common costs:

  • The adoption fee might be small but the owner will spend much on the cat later.
  • Most probably, the adopting agency will charge a fee to help defray the cost of taking in unwanted or lost animals.
  • To make sure your cat does not have any viruses and infections, you will have to pay some fee to get the cat spayed before bringing home.
  • Some common expenses for all cats are enlisted below:
    • Food
    • Kitty litter and box
    • Licensing formalities
    • Routine veterinary care
    • Collars and identification tags
    • Grooming equipment and supplies.
  • Some other expenses are optional but worth mentioning here:
    • A spare collar
    • A bed and toys
    • A crate or carrier
    • Permanent identification
    • Additional professional grooming
  • If an illness or accident takes place, emergency veterinary care expenses need to be incurred. You may also need recovery tools for finding a missing pet.
  • If you cat is not able to adjust in your house or apartment, you might have to take the professional help from a veterinarian to make sure your cat gets along well.

Time Considerations:

Just like human beings, pets also need love, affection, care, and attention. Make sure you try to a good guardian of the pet by following the following points:

  • To prevent matting, the cats with long coats need 20 minutes a day of grooming.
  • The cats with more than enough energy tend to keep moving all the time or do exercise.
  • When you adopt an unfamiliar cat, spending enough time with cat ensures additional boding and early friendship.
  • If your cat is suffering from a medical condition, you will have to pay special attention and care to him or her. Visiting a veterinarian might also be required.
  • Though cats need food once or twice a day, the younger cats or kittens may need the food more often. The availability of fresh water all the time is also important.
  • The cat owner must spend at least one hour to strengthen the mutual bond. This may include training, exercising, grooming, and playing or may just be lap time on the couch.


Shopping Checklist:

It is obvious that your cat will need different food and other items. It is better to wait until you purchase the cat so that you get to know about the actual needs of the cat. Try to know all needs of the cat beforehand to make sure your cat get adjusted sooner than later.

The items such as food and water bowls or collars and harnesses, depend upon the size of the cat you will be adopting. If the cat has been living in a shelter or with another person, ask them about the food and other needs of the cat.

It is better to consult a veterinarian before you give your cat a specific food item. To make sure your cat lives a good life, you will need most or all of the items enlisted below:

Necessary Items for Cats

It is good to purchase the following items as per the needs of your cat:

  • Collar
  • Kitty litter
  • Nail clippers
  • Variety of toys
  • Brush or comb
  • First-aid supplies
  • Non-toxic cleanser
  • Hard plastic carrier
  • Food and water bowls
  • Litter box and scooper
  • Sponge and scrub brush
  • Food (canned and/or dry)
  • Enzymatic odor neutralizer
  • Super-absorbent paper towels
  • ID tag with your phone number
  • Feline toothbrush and toothpaste