Growing up I was a cat hater. Maybe it was because every time I got with in 10 feet of them, my eyes would swell shut and I would sneeze uncontrollably until I left the area. I didn’t even need to be told there was a cat in the household, my ‘cat senses’ would kick in within seconds of walking and I would react.
When I met my husband that all changed. He had two cats and I learned to coexist. Then when I was in university I got a cat of my own. I loved how he would nuzzle my nose and purr on lap. Sadly, when DS9 was born, he was extremely allergic to our cats and we had to get rid of them.
For the last 9 years, there has been something missing in our household. Although there were 3 kids running around and the presence of a dog was always present, I missed the purring and attitude that comes with a cat. After a lot of research and gut wrenching decision, we decided to try a hypoallergenic cat with my son. This past month it came true, for my birthday, my husband presented me with Charlie, a blue point Siamese.
Getting a new kitten is a big responsibility. Not only do you have this new furry friend for the next 15-20 years, but you need to be prepared.
Here are My Top 5 Must-haves When Getting A Kitten
1. Food and water dish – like every other animal, your cat will need fresh food and water twice a day. Any dish will do the trick. You need to place it an area that the cat can easily access it and remember to top it up!
2. Cat tree – For my first cat, he was declawed. It was a very painful process and one I vowed never do again. This time I invested in a cat tree. A cat tree is a place for the cat to rest, play and scratch on. Good ones have both rope and carpet and provide a place for your cat file his nails on instead of the furniture.
3. Cat toys – A bored cat is a cat that will get in trouble. If they aren’t entertained they will entertain themselves by exploring and hunting in your house. Some of my favourite toys include plastic springs, feathers and anything on a string.
4. Carrying case – A good fur mommy knows that it’s important to keep up on your kitty’s vaccines and vet appointments to ensure that they remain happy and healthy. You will also need a way to bring your new furry bundle of joy home. Carrying cases provide a safe place to place you kitten to avoid escaping or fear when transporting them places.
5. Litter box and litter – To me this is the worst part of cat ownership. Although I understand the necessity, I don’t love having to be up close and personal with this aspect of my little fur bundle. The key is to find an amazing kitty litter and the job won’t be so tedious. NEW ARM & HAMMER Clump & Seal Slide Cat Litter is simply the best! It is created with plant-derived moisture-activated micro-granules. When they come in contact with liquid, they form a tight seal around the cat waste creating a ball rather than a sticky mess. There is 7 days of guaranteed odor control and the litter slides right out when you empty it, keeping the floors cleaner and the air smelling fresh.
If you are well supplied, you will have a PURRfect relationship!