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by Gabriel Fritzen

As someone that’s eager to adopt once I graduate from college, I’ve been doing some research in order to best prepare myself to introduce a wonderful kitty into my home. I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far and encourage you to consider adopting as well. Let’s get started!

To start let’s go over a list of things you’ll want to have ready before bringing home your new companion.

· Bed.

· Food and water bowls.

· Litter box and litter. Consider buying a litter box with a removable lid. Some cats may not like using an open litter box so having a lid will provide them privacy.

· Cat carrier.

· A wide variety of toys. Cats are very intelligent and require stimulation, so having a wide variety to toys to cycle through is ideal.

· A fresh scratching post.

· Grooming brush (if necessary for the breed).

One thing you’ll need to do is some self-research on choosing a veterinary practice you feel comfortable and confident with caring for your cat. Of course we always hope the visits will be few and far between and never for a serious reason, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you’re well-prepared with a practice you trust to care for your little one.

Aside from having certain items ready at home you’ll also want to prepare your home to receive your new cat. One thing that stood out and surprised me was that lily pollen is actually highly toxic to cats! You cannot keep lilies if you intend to have a cat, so make sure you remove them all from your home if you have any. You’ll also want to have things like medicines and cleaning products safely stored in a way that a cat won’t be able to access/open.