Getting a Cat? Stock Up Now

You went to the shelter and fell in love with a kitten. Or maybe it was a stray cat that claimed you for her own. However you came across your new family member, it is time to stock up on kitty supplies.

If your kitten was a stray, you should first have your veterinarian check her out for feline leukemia, feline AIDS and other diseases, especially if you already have cats in the home. (If you adopt from a shelter, these tests may be done as a matter of course.)

Before bringing her home, scout your neighborhood for the best and most convenient pet supply store, and learn the store’s hours. It’s wise to get your shopping done before you bring your cat home. There are few differences in what you need for a kitten versus an adult cat, but most of the items are the same.