Before You Bring Your Kitten/Cat Home

Here's a list of things you'll need before you take your new baby home.

Below you'll find many items that you can get for your kitten from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Chewy, etc.

Get the Supplies You’ll Need for the Cat

Litter Box

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Make sure the box is roomy to prevent scattering litter around the house. You'll also need to buy cat litter and a scoop or strainer to remove soiled bits.

A litter Scoop

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Litter substrate (initially start with the litter the cat is currently used to)

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Food and water bowls

Your Bengal kitten has lots of energy, so select bowls that won't tip over too easily. Some kittens are allergic to plastic, so opt for a different material like easy-to-clean stainless steel. Get separate bowls and not the double-dish kind. You'll want to wash her food and water bowls daily to keep things fresh. Plenty of clean, fresh water on hand is key for a kitten too.

Optional Water Fountain

Bengal love love love very fresh water. If you want to splurge you can get your bengal a water fountain to drink from. The other benefit is that drinking fountains filter the water.

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 Food

We feed our kitties with ROYAL CANIN FELINE HEALTH NUTRITION Kitten dry cat food and for adult cats we use Royal Canin Bengal Adult Dry Cat Food

We order ours from Amazon and Chewy.com  You can also buy from your local PetSmart Store. Please be sure to have at least one bag of this food to start your new kitten on and you can switch later if you choose to.

We also give our kitties raw meat along with their dry food. We use for our kittens and cats Royal Canin.

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Bed

Most kittens like to have their own place to rest, but don’t be disappointed if she chooses to ignore her new bed. Until you see what your kitten’s preferences are, you may not want to spend a lot of money on a fancy wicker basket or plush bed. Begin with a simple, cardboard “bed.” Get a roomy cardboard box with sides high enough to keep out drafts. Cut out a doorway. Line the box with an old cushion and cover with soft, washable material for warmth. If possible, use an old sweatshirt for a lining. Your scent will be comforting and encourage her to use her new space. Cats are very particular, so make sure the bedding is always clean. Place the bed in a quiet, draft-free corner away from the main traffic in your house. This will be your kitten’s corner.

Scratching post

Contrary to popular belief, cats do not use a scratching post to sharpen their claws. They use it for exercise (to stretch out to their full length), to clean away dead scales from their nails, and to mark their territory, both visually and with their scent. Get a scratching post right away to help train your kitten early. The scratching post should be sturdy and tall enough to let your kitten stretch out, full length. Train your kitten to use the scratching post as soon as she comes home. Encourage her to use her post by playing with her often, near or around it. She’ll get the idea quickly. Then when she gets the urge to stretch, hopefully she’ll use the post instead of your furniture. Try to place your kitten's bed and scratching post close together so she learns to use it when she first wakes up and needs a stretch.

Collar, harness, & leash

A cat harness or leash can be a great training tool for your kitten, though they're not a must. If you're already thinking along these lines, a harness is probably best, as kittens often dislike the feeling of a leash. However, make sure your kitten always wears a collar made of lightweight material and an identification tag. Have her wear one early on, to get her used to the sensation.

Grooming tools

Grooming helps keep your kitten healthy and beautiful.

Nail trimmers (the kind meant for cat nails. Don’t use human nail trimmers

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Toys

A kitten is naturally curious and needs toys that are safe and fun to play with. Choose toys made especially for cats—ones that cannot be splintered, torn apart or swallowed. A celluloid ball that rattles, a catnip mouse or a hard rubber mouse is perfect. To avoid accidents, some cat toys should be used only when you are playing with your kitten.

Toys don’t need to be store bought. Use your imagination. Some great play-things include:

  • Table tennis ball
  • Empty wooden thread spool
  • Unshelled walnut
  • Balled-up waxed paper
  • Cardboard toilet paper tube
  • Empty shoe box

Some items you may be tempted to give your kitten could be harmful. Keep the following away from your kitten:

  • Balls of string
  • Spools of thread
  • Rubber bands
  • Balls of aluminum foil or cellophane
  • Corks
  • Wire twist ties

Also avoid anything with hard sharp points that can break off. Be wary of toys (or items that a kitten may see as a toy) that can break, such as Christmas tree ornaments for example. Be careful not to give her anything small enough to swallow, like buttons, beads or paper clips. Keep your kitten away from children’s toys made of soft rubber, fur, wool, sponge or polyurethane. If your kitten swallows even a small particle, it could cause digestive problems. Avoid all toys with squeakers that could be swallowed.

Please get all this stuff, before you will bring your new kitten home. Set up everything.

We hope this list helped prepare you to make your home a happy place for your cat.

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