Just like any other baby, preparations must be made for your kitten’s arrival. In advance you will need to prepare:-
A WARM BED, which can be bought from a pet shop, or adapted from a plastic storage carton or cardboard box, lined with a warm blanket or a piece of ‘vetted’. This should be placed in a warm, quiet, draught-free place.
A LITTER TRAY, which should always be available whether or not your cat goes out, and this should always be kept in the same place. Various types of litter are available, but initially, try using the type that the kitten has been used to. This helps to avoid confusion which can lead to ‘mistakes’. Trays should be cleaned as used, and thoroughly washed and disinfected at least once a week.
A fresh supply of water should always be available. Each cat should have its own food bowl, which must be made from an easily cleaned material.
A CARRYING BASKET is essential for collecting your kitten and also for trips to the vets and boarding cattery if necessary. There are lots of types but do not make the mistake of buying one too small. Remember, little kittens grow into big cats and you’ll only end up buying another one in a few months. The best types are easily cleaned and draughtproof. It is not only unsafe but also against the law to have an unrestrained cat in a moving vehicle.