Does a Kitten Make a Good Gift?

You’ve probably heard the sad stats about pets who are adopted at Christmas in a bid to surprise loved ones only to be abandoned in the weeks that follow by couples who were not prepared to provide for their new family member. Because that’s what pets are; family members. Living things are not gifts; they deserve a home and a family who are prepared for their arrival and who are able to provide them with the love and care they need. A live animal should not be purchased on a whim. The choice to adopt a new kitten, puppy, hamster, or anything else needs to be discussed between two informed adults.

The winter holidays are over, but there’s still one holiday left that many use as an opportunity to bring home a new pet; Valentine’s Day. Don’t get us wrong; bringing home a new pet can be an exciting time, and a pet can be a great addition to a home. But for all of the reasons listed above, we want to provide you with an accurate depiction of what your new kitten will need from you prior to and after you bring it home. Additionally, we will provide some tips on how you can still achieve the “surprise” factor you’re looking for this Valentine’s Day while still being considerate of your new furry family member.

Factors to Think About Before Bringing Home a New Kitten

As mentioned above, bringing home a new kitten can’t be a spur of the moment decision. Bringing home a new kitten needs to be discussed thoroughly between you and your partner prior to your kitten’s arrival. Here are some key points you’ll need to cover during that discussion.

Supplies Your Kitten Will Need

While the kitten will definitely be the most notable new addition to your home, you’ll need to add quite a few additional kitten supplies to keep him or her happy and healthy. Here’s a beginner’s list to help you get started.

How to Prep Your Home for Your New Kitten

If you’ve made it this far, then you’re seriously considering bringing home a new kitten for Valentine’s Day. Here’s the next step in your process: kitten-proofing. While most know that they need to puppy-proof, for some reason, people fall short when it comes to kitten-proofing. Here’s a quick guide to get your home kitten ready.

How to Responsibly Surprise Your Loved one with a Kitten on Valentine’s Day

It’s easy to surprise your loved one with a kitten responsibly. Here’s how we recommend you accomplish this feat. When Valentine’s Day comes, you have a few options:

Hopefully, you’re picking up on our pattern here. While it can be tempting to go big and surprise your loved one with a kitten with a get big bow wrapped around its neck for Valentine’s Day Land and the Tramp style, it’s just not all that practical. Get creative and find a fun way to share the news of your new kitten with your loved one. This way, you’ll both feel prepared when the time comes to bring home your new furry family member. Plus, you’ll both get to participate in the act of picking out your kitten and bringing it home.

Once you get your new kitten home, they’ll be lots to do. From litter box training to their first vet appointment, a kitten’s early life is jammed packed with important milestones. Now that you know a percent of the what it will be like to bring home a new kitten we hope that you feel more prepared to welcome this new addition to your family. Keep up with all things kitten at PetPlace.