New Kitten Shopping Checklist

New Kitten Shopping Checklist

Cuddly Kitten Day is March 23rd! Are you adopting a kitten? Congratulations! Little Fluffy’s cute face, adorable meows, and playful antics will melt your heart in no time. However, you will need to pick up a few things for your tiny furball. In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, a local vet lists some things you’ll want to get for your new feline friend.


Toys are a definite must! Cats all have their own purrsonal tastes, so get your little buddy a variety of playthings, and see what she likes best. If little Fluffy is younger than 3 months old, she may not be susceptible to catnip yet, so you may want to hold off on that for now. (Note: put wand toys away when they aren’t in use, as kittens can get tangled in them.)


Get little Fluffy started out on the right paw in life by feeding her a high-quality kitten food. If you know what kind of food your furry friend has been eating, get that to start with. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.


You may want to start your furry buddy out with a kitten-sized litterbox. You can replace it with a larger one in a few months. As far as litters, avoid clay or clumping litters for now. These are safe for adult felines, but they aren’t recommended for kittens. Baby cats are, well, a bit clumsy, and sometimes accidentally ingest litter. This can be very dangerous!


There are few things cuter than a sleeping kitten. Get your adorable furball a comfy bed to snooze in. Of course, little Fluffy may take most of her naps on your lap!

Scratching Post

Little Fluffy will need a sturdy scratching post. Although you can find kitten-sized ones, you may just want to get a cat tower. Otherwise, you’ll be replacing your pet’s manicure station in a few months! Sprinkle catnip and toys around it, and reward your kitten with treats and praise when she uses it.


Your furball will also need some good dishes, a carrier, and grooming supplies. You may also want to put together a pet-first aid kit for her. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Fox Chapel, PA vet clinic, for your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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