Cat Adoption Planning Checklist

Deciding to adopt a cat is a big decision. Cats require more work than the average pet and the responsibility can be overwhelming for some people. To make things easier, we have put together this list of items you will need before your new cat comes home!

Your cat will need:

  • A litter box and scoop for their new home. Ensure that the box is in an area where your kitty can easily access it without feeling overwhelmed. Make sure to try different types of litter until you find one they like! We also recommend having at least two boxes so you don’t have to go far to find one.
  • A scratching post or cat tree that is tall enough for your kitty to fully extend their body when they are kneading the top of it! This will help them release any extra energy and also give them an area where they can stretch out without being disturbed. Once again, try different types until you find the one your cat will use.
  • A food and water dish that is elevated to prevent anything from getting into their food or water! This can be especially helpful if you have other pets in the house but it’s important for all cats, regardless of whether they live with others or not. If there are multiple kitties in the home, make sure to have multiple dishes as well.
  • A comfortable bed for your cat to sleep in. This can be anything from a small basket filled with blankets or a special pillow made just for cats. If you choose the latter, make sure the fabric is non-toxic and won’t cause any skin irritation.
  • Plenty of toys! Cats should always have a wide variety of toys available to them. Not only will these help decrease any potential boredom but they also keep their minds sharp and hunting instincts alive! Make sure you rotate the types of toys frequently so your cat doesn’t get too used to one type before it’s time for a new toy.
  • Grooming supplies such as brushes, combs, and a toothbrush! These are important for keeping your cat’s coat healthy and free of mats as well as helping to keep their teeth clean.
  • A carrier or crate if you plan on transporting your kitty in the car. This is also necessary if you ever need to take them to the vet.
  • Adding a new member to the family via adoption is such an exciting time! And as a member of our family, we want them to have the best of everything, including their health. On the other hand, we can’t unsee the fact that medical treatment, medicine, and routine/yearly check-ups for our pets can really add up. This National Pet Survey gathered some points that pet owners have experienced during the pandemic with their pets and expenses. 
    • Nowadays, there are many pet insurance options available that can help to manage the costs. If you don’t know where to start looking, this article about pet insurance companies can save you time for research. This provides insights on the pricing, any additional benefits, and specific coverages. 

Make sure you have all of these items before your cat comes home to you! It will help make the transition go a lot smoother for everyone involved. And remember, if there are ever any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always here to help!

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to pick up your new feline friend!

Check out Petfinder to see who we have up for adoption!

Published by Second Chance Cats of West Michigan

Nonprofit dedicated to giving cats a second chance in Grand Rapids and the greater West Michigan area.

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