Bring Kitty Home

Congratulations on your new feline family member!  Thank you for choosing to adopt your kitty from All About Cats Rescue & Adoption.  We hope that this furry baby brings your family great joy for a very long time. 

 

Kitty Shopping List

 This supply checklist will help get you prepared to bring home your new kitty:

Bowls: The bowls should be made of ceramic, porcelain, or stainless steel. It is best to stay away from anything that is plastic because it retains food orders and can cause cat acne.  Elevated bowls are a great option to help the cats eat more comfortably and promote better digestion. 

Food: Our kittens are eating Royal Canin Kitten Formula and our adult cats are eating Royal Canin Adult.  They should have a diet that consists of both wet (canned) and dry food.   Do not switch the dry food “cold turkey” because it could upset the kitty’s digestive tract and they might get diarrhea or vomit. Dry food transitions are done over a 7-to-10-day period gradually increasing the amount of new food while reducing the amount of the previous food each day.  For further information on cat food ingredients click here and cat food reviews.

Carrier: The adopter will need to provide a carrier at the time of adoption to transport the adopted kitty. If bringing a carrier from home, please make sure the carrier is clean. New smells can be overwhelming and stressful to cats moving to a new home.  Also, make sure to clean any blankets or pads inside the carrier.  Some cat carrier recommendations are Pet Gear and Petmate.

Litter Box: The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat plus one.   Some cats may not like using an enclosed litter box so consider one that is open.  Please see the kitty advice for more information on proper litter box setup.  

Litter: Unscented, scoopable, clumping clay litter is preferred by most cats.  Avoid using plastic liners or litter additives.  For litter, we use Arm and Hammer and Purina Tidy Cats.

Scooper: Make sure the litter scooper is durable. Plan to scoop the litter box twice a day.  Check out these scoopers:  Van Ness, IPRIMIO, and Litter Lifter.

Toys:  Some toys to consider: balls with bells, Crinkle balls, kickers, furry mice, mouse, springs, sponge balls, and tubes.  Interactive toys:  Turboscratcher, Catit Senses Circuit, Cat Dancer, Go Cat Da Bee, SmartyKat Hot Pursuit, and a Laser Pointer. Please do not leave out feather toys, strings, or rubber bands unattended that the kitty could swallow.  

Scratching Post or Cat Tree with scratching surfaces:  Most cats like to scratch a variety of textures like sisal rope, cardboard, and carpet.  The scratching post should be tall enough for the kitty to stretch up and must not be wobbly when the cat rubs against it.  We recommend SmartCat Pioneer scratching post, Animals Favorite cat scratching post, Trixie Baza cat tree, and Go Pet Club cat tree.  Rub catnip on the scratcher to encourage your kitty to scratch such as silvervine or a catnip spray like KONG.  Please see the kitty advice for more information on scratching.

Grooming Supplies: Brush, comb, and nail clippers (for trimming claws).   Additional grooming tools for removing excess fur, mats, and tangles use the FURminator and rake.

Bed: Cats sleep anywhere from 16 to 20 hours a day and most enjoy sleeping on beds.  Make sure your cat has a bed that is an appropriate size.  The most preferred shape is round since a cat sleeps curled up, a round bed will sort of “hug” the body.  A super soft and deeply padded bed is irresistible especially during cold weather, and adding a heating element is enjoyable to most cats.  Check out the Aspen Pet self-warming bed, Kitty City cat bed, and K&H Pet Products thermo-kitty heated cat bed.

 

Helping Kitty Adjust to a New Home

Adjusting to a new home can be a tense and frightening experience for a cat or kitten. A cat’s basic reaction to stress is to run and hide.  You can help ease the transition to a new environment by providing a safe haven for your new kitty that will serve as a safe zone.  All too often people will let the kitty immediately explore their entire house.  It is very common for them to hide under furniture because they are scared which could result in litter box aversion.  It is best to establish a small enclosed space away from the resident pets to serve as a home base which will help the kitty feel more comfortable and secure.  The best space is usually a spare bedroom or office. 

Be sure to keep the kitty in the carrier while you set up the home base room and make sure to put everything the cat needs inside this room.  Place their water and food bowls far away from the litter box.  Open the carrier and let the cat decide whether it wants to explore or remain inside the carrier.  Many times, a cat might remain inside the carrier for hours.  Give the kitty time to adjust to the new territory.  Help the kitty feel more comfortable by spending time in the kitty’s home base environment.  Lots of love, treats, and playtime will help the kitty adjust just do not force it.  

Once the kitty is comfortable with the home base, slowly introduce the kitty to the other rooms of the house for short amounts of supervised time and then let the kitty go back to the home base room.   Cats usually begin investigating at night, making short explorations interspersed with rapid retreats to their safe haven. It is rare for a cat to explore new territory without hesitation.  The kitty needs to be allowed to adapt to a new environment at its own speed.  The length of time needed to adjust to a new territory will depend on the cat’s temperament, past experiences, and whether there are other animals present in the new home. Please make sure to see our tips for successful introductions of a new kitty to resident animals.  If no other animals are present in the household, then the adjustment period on average usually takes two to three weeks, but for some cats, it can also take several months. Your patience and understanding during the initial adjustment period can do a lot to help your new cat feel at home and ease the transition into a new environment. 

 

Jackson Galaxy has a great video on the benefits of “basecamp” and introducing a cat to your home:

 

After Adoption Items

All of our cats and kittens are healthy and fully vetted at the time of adoption to their new homes. We do recommend visiting with your veterinarian within the first month after adoption to establish full responsibility for your kitty’s medical care. Please make sure to bring your adoption records with you to the vet visit. Our rescue has provided electronic copies of the cat’s adoption records that you can share with your veterinarian. If you have adopted a kitten, it will have received age-appropriate vaccinations at the time of adoption and we will provide instructions if further vaccinations are necessary. It is imperative that you follow that vaccination timeline otherwise, the kitten will have to start over with the vaccines and it will be the adopter’s responsibility to complete this program. Please contact us if you need a vet recommendation.

Register the cat’s microchip with 24PetWatch.  If your cat becomes lost, registering the microchip gives your new pet a greater chance of being returned.

If applicable, be sure to register your pet with the county in which you reside.

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