What To Expect When You’re Expecting… A New Cat

So you’ve decided to take the leap and get a kitten or cat. Congratulations! Bringing home a new pet is always exciting — it’s like welcoming a new member into your family.

Amidst all of this happy buzz, it may slip past you that in order to ensure a smooth transition for your feline pal, your home base needs to be ready for their presence.

Your space — whether it’s an apartment, townhome, or house — is going to be your new cat’s home. It’s important to take steps that ensure the safety of your pet as well as the integrity of your living space.

Let’s go over some of the many ways you can prepare for your kitty-cat’s arrival:

  1. Make sure potentially dangerous objects and household chemicals are out of easy reach. Let’s face it: cats are curious. When they’re placed in a new environment, their senses will be even more heightened than usual until they become accustomed to your home. Since you already know ahead of time that your cat will be sniffing around and checking everything out, it’s a good idea to ensure that objects such as kitchen knives and cleaning chemicals are held in secure areas that your cat cannot reach.
  2. Seek out a good spot for the litter box. Ah, the litter box. It is somewhat of an eyesore, but also requires consistent cleaning and easy access for your pet. Because of this, it can sometimes be tricky to find the best spot to place it. Bathrooms are usually a viable option, as long as they are large enough. The kitchen would not be ideal considering its proximity to food. You may have to try a few spots before one sticks — you’ll know pretty quickly if the location works well or not. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s not an easy area for you to clean, you shouldn’t put it there!
  3. Invest in a scratching post. Cats have claws, and as a result of this, sometimes your furniture can suffer. Get ahead of this behavior by getting a scratching post. It doesn’t have to be anything big and fancy, but make sure you leave it in an area of your home that your cat frequents — that way, they will feel encouraged to use it instead of your leather armchair.
  4. Do your research on food and treats. Depending on the age and health of your new cat, some food options may be better than others. It’s important not to just buy the first bag of cat food you see on the shelf. Do a little digging! There’s tons of information out there about a balanced feline diet. It can get overwhelming, so feel free to ask the staff at River Valley for guidance!
  5. Make a vet appointment! Staying up-to-date on your kitty’s health is extremely important. Luckily, you can make appointments with our expert veterinarians right here at River Valley! We are a Gold Certified Cat Friendly Practice, and can provide lifelong care for your cat.


We’re so excited to meet your new furry friend. Give us a call at 952-447-4118 to schedule their first appointment.

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