What You Need to Think About When Planning to Adopt a Cat

Deciding to adopt a cat involves a lot of preparation. As your feline friend will become a new member of your family, it’s crucial that you make the relationship a lasting one.

Here’s everything you need to know to make the transition as easy as possible:

1. Shopping list

Before you can bring your cat home, there are things you need to prepare to make him as comfortable as possible. Make sure you have the following things in advance:

  • Food (canned or dry)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Litter box with a scooper
  • Collar with ID tag containing your contact information
  • Pet carrier
  • Pet toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Cat toys
  • Non-toxic cleaner
  • Brush or comb
  • Paper towels

Make sure to find out what your pet was eating in the foster home to provide the same and ease the transition. It may also be a good idea to consider your cat’s size when you shop for supplies to ensure that they will be suitable for your pet.

2. Cat-proofing

After you’ve stocked up on essential cat supplies, you need to prepare a safe room for your new pet. You need to cat-proof your home to ensure that both your feline friend and your household items are secure. Start by getting down to a cat’s level and view what hazardous temptations for a feline are present in your home then remove them.

What’s important is that your cat has an area inside your home where he can be safe to retreat and rest.

Be wary of scratching needs

Another integral part of cat-proofing your home is to understand that your feline has scratching needs. It’s almost as necessary to cats as breathing and eating. This is because cats use their claws as an essential tool for many things.

 Make sure that you provide your cat with a scratching post or any surface where he can scratch to his heart’s content without sacrificing your expensive furniture.  

3. Cost

More likely, the adopting agency may charge you a fee to cover the cost of taking in lost or unwanted animals. You may also have to pay for neutering or spaying before you can bring your new cat home. Other cat care expenditures that must be considered include:

  • Routine veterinary care
  • Licensing
  • Permanent identification such as a microchip
  • Professional grooming
  • Food

4. Vet visit

Your cat’s first visit to the veterinarian is crucial in ensuring that your pet is in good health. This is also the chance for your cat to get his needed vaccinations and spaying or neutering procedure.

5. Diet

Setting up a healthy diet for your cat as early as possible will set the stage for a long-lasting life. Make sure to only provide high-quality cat food to ensure not just longevity but the overall quality of life that want for your feline friend.

 Giving clean, fresh water is also crucial to your cat’s well-being. Even though cats are descendants of desert animals, it’s still important for them to be well-hydrated especially if you feed him a dry food diet. Also, keep in mind that cats have to be fed 1 to 2 times a day and more often in the case of kittens.

6. Litter box

Compared to dogs, you may find a cat’s litter to be more foul-smelling. Besides food and water, a litter box is critical not only for home hygiene but also for your feline’s comfort and health.

Make sure to have a litter box ready and clean it regularly so that you don’t have to worry about out-of-box accidents and odor.

7. Playtime

To build a successful relationship with your cat, you need to ensure that you can provide adequate playtime. Felines love to play and are good with inventing their own games. There’s no need for expensive pet toys as long as you spend time together with your cat and allow your pet to have some fun.

 A responsible cat parent should at least spend an hour giving full attention to a feline friend. This may include simple activities such as lap time on the couch, grooming, training, playing, or exercising.

Make time to bond with your kitty

Adopting a cat is a serious responsibility. You need to be 100% sure that you’re capable and ready for it. Make certain that you have enough time and patience to work with a new pet from his youth to adulthood.

And don’t expect to become fast friends. It may take some time to form a bond with your new cat. But as long as you do all you can to provide the care and love he deserves – everything will work out well.

 Let this be your guide in forming a long lasting relationship with your new feline friend.


Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet's Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

Sarah Keene

I’m Sarah Keene, and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I love cats so much; I consider myself a cat woman. I have 5 cats at the moment, and I am planning to grow my cat family. It is not easy to take care of these cats appropriately though I would wish to make them feel as comfortable as possible. This is why I depend on other blogging cat lovers like me to help me in providing all the necessities for my cats to have the best life possible.

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