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Posted on 05-01-2018

New Kitten Checklist in Hayward, CA

Before you welcome a new kitten into your home, make sure you have everything that you'll need!

New kitten laying in bed

Food and Dishes

If your kitten is already eating kitten food, stick to the same brand for now. You can taper it off to switch to a different brand later. Food and water dishes should be wide and shallow, so your kitten's whiskers don't hit the sides. Stainless steel bowls are easy to wash, and many are dishwasher-safe.

Litter Box and Litter

You can find disposable trays if your cat is too small for a full-sized litter box. You might think that you can skip a litter box if you already have cats but we recommend a box for every cat to avoid turf issues.

Cats can be picky, so choose a litter and see how your cat reacts. Don't forget a scooper.


Sometimes pets don't use beds intended for them and that’s because cats enjoy boxes. You can also sprinkle a bit of catnip on their new bed.

Collar, Leash, and Harness

You might not intend to walk your cat outdoors, but a collar is a must at the very least. Expandable harnesses and collars can grow with your kitten, too.


Start grooming your kitten early for a healthy, shiny coat.

Scratching Post

Cats with claws need a healthy way to stretch their claws. A scratching post can prevent damage to your possessions.


Some cats enjoy a ball of paper or Q-tip as much as they like store-bought toys,

Contact Our Veterinarian in Hayward Today

It's important to prepare the items on your checklist before you welcome a new kitten into your home to ensure the easiest transition possible. Consider contacting an animal hospital as well to discuss vaccines and make an appointment to spay or neuter your kitten.

If you need a veterinarian in Hayward, call Caring Animal Hospital at 510-537-1788.

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