How to adequately prepare for a new kitten arrival

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Four-legged additions to the family should have everything they need when they arrive at their new home.

But what does their new family need to provide so that kittens feel comfortable and secure? The experts from Maxi Zoo, Ireland’s largest pet retailer, know.

Cats like soft and cosy spaces and usually find their own bed, or several different places to sleep. A cat needs one extra bowl if their menu includes both fresh and dry food. To encourage your cat to drink more, you can leave water bowls throughout the house.

If your kitten has already been house-trained by their breeder, provide them with what they are used to, such as an enclosed litter box. You also need a scoop to remove waste, as well as litter. Cats need something to sharpen their claws on. You should get a scratching post or, at the very least, a high scratching board so that furniture and wallpaper remains intact.

Kittens need an adjustable collar with an easy open clip.Toys should always be appropriate for your pet’s age. Avoid things that are small enough to be swallowed or objects that your kitten could chew into dangerous, small pieces.

Now all you need is care accessories to look after your new pet’s coat: special brushes with soft bristles or a grooming glove. You should also get your pet used to a suitable transport box from a young age for the car and trips to the vet.

Do you have a new kitten? Call in to your local Maxi Zoo store and browse our new AniOne Pepe and Kitty range. Find your local shop at www.maxizoo.ie.