What supplies should you buy before bringing home a kitten or a cat?

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It takes anywhere from seven to 14 days for a cat to feel settled in so, before you bring your new feline home, make sure you have these supplies ready and waiting for her arrival:

• A litter box and the brand of litter she’s been using
• Food and water bowls and the food she’s used to eating
• A sturdy, rough-textured scratching post, at least three feet high, that allows her to stretch completely while scratching
• Safe and stimulating toys: You want her to be active and have fun, but you don’t want to overwhelm her—as much as cats love food puzzles, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to give her one the minute she arrives. If you give her toys that make noises, you’ll know when she’s playing.
• A bed lined with a soft, warm blanket or towel
• Grooming tools: A high-quality brush and nail clipper are a good start.

Besides supplies, there are a few things you’ll need to do the ready the home for her arrival. These include:

• Cat-Proof your home: Get rid of stray items she might chew on or swallow, like toilet paper, tissues and paper towels, pens and pencils. Tape wires to base boards and put caps on outlets.Keep toxic plants, harsh chemicals, medications, etc. out of reach.
• Introduce her to family members slowly: Let her slowly check out her space and give her time alone in her own area so she can get comfortable playing with people. If there are other animals in the house, don’t let her roam by herself at first to prevent territorial issues.
• Get familiar with cat language: There are at least 16 different types of meowing and howling. Learn them so you can figure out what she’s telling you. The ASPCA has a cat-language guide on their website.

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