Preparing For Your First Cat
Cat-proofing Your Home
For your cat’s safety, the first thing to do would be to cat-proof your windows, balconies and gates before you bring home your first cat. See our article on How To Cat-Proof Your Home.
Basic Cat Supplies
- Wet food
- Dry food or kibble
- Cat litter
- Cat litter tray
- Food bowls (Ceramic or stainless steel are best!)
- Scratching boards and/or scratching posts
What to Do at the Vet (Basic Vet Checks and Procedures)
- FIV/FELV test
The basics of sterilisation, vaccination, deworming, de-flea and FIV/FELV test may have already been done by the rehomer. Do check with them before going ahead with these procedures at the vet.
If your cat is indoor and does not come into contact with new cats regularly, it is recommended to only do a first vaccination (without booster shots) and subsequent vaccinations once every 3-5 years instead of annually. This is because vaccinations may have side effects on your cat’s health and it’s best to keep them to a minimum and only when necessary.