2. Don’t Put Off Shopping for Supplies
To set your cat up for success, it’s important to have some essential supplies ready before bringing your new kitty home.
One commonly overlooked item is a carrier to safely transport your cat home.
“A proper cat carrier should be big enough for your cat to comfortably stand up and turn around in, and be easy to get the cat in and out of,” says Dr. Nicole Fulcher, assistant director of the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. “Choose a durable carrier that’s easy to clean.”
In addition to the basics—food and water bowls, litter supplies and a bed—it’s important to consider enrichment items, says Dr. Fulcher. Engaging cat toys, scratching posts and places to perch will help your cat feel right at home.
While gathering supplies, you should also be sure to grab an extra litter box. While some cats will tolerate one box, many prefer a second option.
“The golden rule is to have one more litter box than the number of cats in the household,” says Dr. Fulcher. “So one cat gets two bathrooms.”