Moving to a new home is a big change for your kitten. To help them settle and stay safe in their new environment, it’s really important to get prepared.

Getting Ready for Your Kitten

Before bringing your kitten home, there’s a lot to do to ensure you’re ready for their arrival. As well as buying the right equipment, you’ll need to prepare your home and family too. Key things to consider are:

  • Kitten-proofing your home and yard
  • Buying the right kitten kit, such as a carrier, litter box, and toys
  • Choosing appropriate kitten food
  • Preparing your family, pets, and visitors for your new addition
  • Finding a veterinarian

How to Kitten-Proof Your House

Kittens love to climb, explore, and hide. So it’s vital to do some safeguarding in your home before you bring your kitten to make sure it’s safe for them. Here’s our checklist to help you get prepared.


Toxic Houseplants

There are some houseplants, like lilies, for instance, that can be toxic for your cat. Ask your vet for a full list and, ideally, remove them from the house before the arrival of the kitten.

Electrical Cables and Outlets

To prevent your kitten from chewing on cables or getting tangled in wires, hide them away by using covers or cable ties. Also remember to shield electrical outlets with covers.

Toilet and Bins

To prevent your kitten falling into your toilets or bins, make sure you keep the lids down. Also keep your kitten away from bag strings as they may become tangled in them or swallow them.

Dangerous Substances

Make sure medicines, cleaning products, and other toxic substances are stored away safely. Some flea treatments for dogs are dangerous for cats and antifreeze is particularly lethal for them.

Hiding Places

Kittens tend to hide in places like laundry baskets, dryer, and under furniture. Spot the places where your kitten’s likely to hide and either block them off or be careful as you move around your home to make sure they don’t get trapped.

Poisonous Foods

Some of the foods that are healthy or enjoyable for humans can be poisonous for cats or cause digestive issues. These include onions, garlic, raw eggs, raw meat, chocolate, cow's milk, grapes, and raisins. So keep your food out of your kitten's reach and make sure your family knows they should only feed them kitten food.

Small Objects

Put away any small items, such as buttons or children’s toys, that your kitten could swallow. Also be careful not to leave plastic bags or foam objects around as your kitten may chew on them and choke.


Find suitable covers for any stove tops and keep your kitten away from the iron. Also make sure they can't get near an open flame, such as on a fire or gas ring, as their fur might set on fire.


Cats don't always have time to land on their feet if they fall and, even if they do, they may fracture bones. So don't let your kitten upstairs initially and keep windows closed or screened. Also restrict access to balconies or fit them with a protective mesh.

How to Kitten-Proof Your Yard

Your kitten won’t go outside initially, but it’s important to make sure your yard’s safe ready for when they do. Here are the important things to take care of:


Fencing and Gates

Your kitten will soon be able to climb over fences and gates. But in case your yard is fully enclosed it’s worth making sure there are no holes they can escape through while they’re small.

Toxic Garden Plants

As with houseplants, many outdoor plants are poisonous to cats. Even if your cat avoids them, they may brush against the pollen and lick it from their fur. To be safe, ask your vet for a list and remove the plants that present a risk.


Inspect your yard for anything your kitten could injure themselves on or anywhere they could get stuck.

Ponds and Water Features

It’s safest to keep ponds with steep sides and water features covered to prevent your kitten falling in and drowning or drinking the water.

Tools and Small Objects

Check your yard for small objects that your kitten could swallow or choke on. And lock away your sharp garden tools.

Dangerous Substances

Store all garden chemicals, such as fertilizers, insecticides, paints, and solvents, safely away in a locked area.

Things You’ll Need for Your Kitten

Before your kitten arrives, makes sure you have everything you need to care for them and help them settle into their new home. Here are the essentials.



Create a safe and cozy place for your cat to sleep. Some kittens like to change their sleeping spots regularly, so more than one bed may be necessary.

Cat Carrier

Choose a stable carrier that is dark or can be covered with a blanket, and is large enough for when your kitten’s fully grown.

Food and Water Bowls

Most cats prefer porcelain, glass, or stainless steel bowls. Again, especially for water bowls, more than one is recommended to give your cat choice.

Kitten Food to Support Growth

At first, stick to the food your kitten's been fed by their previous caretaker.


Make sure the collar has an identification tag and choose one that will adjust as your kitten grows. Breakaway collars are recommended to avoid your kitten getting stuck.

Litter Box

A covered tray is best for minimizing spills and smells. Also buy a scoop to remove droppings.

Cleaning Equipment

Make sure you have non-hazardous, scentless cleaning materials on hand for any accidents.

Grooming Equipment

Choose a brush or comb that’s suitable for your kitten’s coat and buy cat nail clippers too.

Hygiene Equipment

Buy a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for cats. A finger toothbrush may be best.

Scratching Post

Help save your furniture by satisfying your kitten’s need to scratch.

Cat Tree

Help save your furniture by satisfying your kitten’s need to scratch.


Choose toys from a reputable supplier that encourage your kitten to stalk, pounce, and swipe.

Your Kitten’s Nutrition

The Best Kitten Food to Begin with

Your kitten’s digestive system will be very sensitive, so changing their diet suddenly could give them an upset stomach and may even make them skeptical of their food. At first, it’s best to give them the same diet their previous caretaker gave them.

Choosing the right food for your kitten is crucial as it’s essential for their health and development. As they grow, they need a precise balance of nutrients at each stage, including protein, vitamins, and minerals.

How to Switch to New Kitten Food

Setting positive feeding habits and ensuring your kitten is getting the right nutrients in their diet is vital for a long and healthy life together. A few days after your kitten’s arrival, you will be able to gradually introduce them to new food. When switching to a new kitten food, make sure you take it slowly over a week-long period.

Preparing Your Family and Pets for Your Kitten

Kittens can easily be overwhelmed or even terrified by encounters with other animals and people, so it’s vital you prepare everyone in your household in the right way.

Choosing a Vet

How to Find a Vet

Your vet will be an important part of your kitten’s life and will help them grow into a healthy adult. So it’s important to find one you can trust before you bring home your kitten a they’ll need a check-up soon after they arrive.

What Should you Consider?

Asking friends and family for recommendations is one of the best ways to find a good vet. You should also consider their:

  • Location – can you get there quickly? Is there parking nearby?
  • Premises – is it clean, well-equipped and well-maintained?
  • Services – do they offer emergency, evening, and weekend services.

Meet Your Vet First

Some veterinary clinics today are designed specifically for cats and offer special surgery times or waiting areas. It’s worth checking if this is available or if the vet has a special interest in cats. It’s also a good idea to meet the vet before you decide to make sure you feel comfortable with them.

Once you’re chosen your vet, make sure you pet their emergency number where you and your family can easily find it.

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