June is Adopt-a-Cat Month, sponsored by American Humane and 9-Lives Cat Food. Each year, millions of cats await adoption in animal shelters in the United States alone. Many more may seek homes in other countries.
Do you have room in your home and your heart for a rescue cat?
Our family adopted a cat a little more than a year ago, and we have never been sorry. An abandoned barn kitty has grown into a wonderful pet and a treasured member of the family. Perhaps you feel the same way about your own pets.
If you have no pets yet, or if you think you may be open to adopting a kitten or adult cat this year, you might consider doing so during the month of June. After all, it’s Adopt-a-Cat Month.
What supplies will you need for adopting a cat?
Cats are fairly simple pets to accommodate in a home or apartment. They do not require nearly as many supplies as dogs, fish, birds or many other sorts of pets. Still, you will need a few basic items before you can bring your adopted cat home with you.
Here are the top ten supplies you will need, if you adopt a cat. Most of these items are readily available at pet shops and big-box discount stores.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Water Dish
Like all animals, a cat will require a ready source of fresh drinking water. Contrary to popular feline lore, cats should not drink milk. In fact, cats may be lactose intolerant. Although newborn kittens will nurse from their own mothers, other sorts of milk can make them quite ill.
Whether you choose to adopt a cat or a young kitten, you will need to obtain a suitable drinking bowl. Cats tend to be extremely tidy creatures. Pick a small and sturdy low-edged water bowl with a low center of gravity, so it will not easily tip over.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Food Dish
Your adopted cat will also need a suitable feeding dish. You might choose a cat food dish to match the water dish. It’s best to avoid the attached two-basin cat bowls, as these tend to spill more easily than separate dishes. Some felines may be picky about their water and food mixing.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Cat Food
Before you bring your new adopted cat home, you will need to select and purchase a suitable cat food. The choice between dry, semi-moist and moist cat food is an individual preference and may depend largely upon the health and dietary needs of the cat you select.
Check with your small-animal veterinarian, or ask the adoption source for cat food recommendations. (Some agencies may even provide cat food samples or discount coupons.) Be sure to buy kitten food for a younger cat or senior food for an older one, as applicable.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Cat Litter Box
Most likely, the cat you adopt will already be trained to use a litter box. Litter box training is quite simple to do. As a result, you will want to have a litter box ready and available to your adopted cat when he or she arrives in your home. In fact, the litter box ought to be the first spot you show your new cat.
Choose a sturdy plastic litter box. Even if you adopt a tiny kitten, it’s best to choose a full-sized litter box. Kittens grow quickly, and the extra space will be easier to clean.
Litter boxes come with all sorts of options. You can pick a lidded or domed litter box, if you wish to provide a bit more privacy for your cat or keep the litter box contents out of view.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Litter Box Scoop
Discount stores and pet shops sell inexpensive slotted plastic scoops for cleaning litter boxes. It’s essential to remove such clumps from your adopted cat’s litter box as promptly as possible. A feline may reject a dirty litter box, forming a nasty habit you will certainly wish to avoid.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Kitty Litter
Kitty litter quality varies considerably, from basic sand-like products to high-tech offerings. The pricier varieties actually reduce litter box odors and cause cat droppings to clump for easy removal from the cat litter box. Choose the best cat litter you can afford, and you will find litter box cleaning much simpler.
Save money, and express your commitment to keeping your adopted cat by purchasing kitty litter in large bulk buckets. (The empty cat litter buckets will be handy for storing your cleaning supplies, washing the family car and collecting cat toys.)
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Cat Carrier
A suitable cat carrier is a safety must. Driving with any animal loose in the car can be a dangerous proposition. Cats have been known to crawl under drivers’ feet, causing acceleration and braking complications and even vehicular accidents.
Although some cats may be trained to walk on little cat leashes, the cat carrier is essential for any driving trips, veterinarian visits and other outings. You can purchase a plastic pet carrier or use a sturdy box (with plenty of air holes) to bring your adopted cat home.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Cat Brush
Whether you choose to adopt a long- or short-haired cat, you will need to have a cat grooming brush. This rake-like utensil is ideal for dealing with shedding, matting and potential hair balls. Most cats adore the attention of a gentle grooming, so brushing your new cat will also help you to bond well to one another.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Cat Collar
The purchase of a cat collar is an individual choice. Although an outdoor cat may be required to wear a collar, containing evidence of identification, ownership and appropriate inoculations, an indoor cat may go collarless. Still, a cat collar is a worthwhile investment, in case your adopted cat should go on an unexpected (or even planned) outing.
Top Ten Cat Supplies: Companion Cat
What is the very best thing you can purchase for your new adopted kitten or cat? Of course, the cat’s own first choice would probably be another cat. If you have the room and the means to do so, why not pick out and rescue two cats needing homes? A pair of pets will enjoy one another’s company and appreciate your generous and hospitable decision.
Avoiding Unnecessary Cat Supply Costs
As you stock up for your new adopted cat, you can be prudent about your purchases. Save your money at the pet store by skipping the cat bed aisle. Your cat will probably prefer to curl up with you or in another cozy spot in your home.
You can also skimp on cat toys for a while. Most cats are satisfied with balled-up socks, old tennis balls, pieces of yarn and other items you probably already have on hand.
Don’t forget to make an initial veterinary appointment for your adopted cat.
And the most important supply of all for a kitten or cat is the owner’s own love and affection. Celebrate Adopt-a-Cat Month. Want to add a cat to your home?