3 Things to Do When You Adopt a Kitten

Has a baby cat recently joined your household? Kittens are tiny, but they can certainly take up huge places in our hearts. Being a kitten parent is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. It’s up to you to keep your furry little toddler safe and healthy, and get her started out on the right paw in life! In this article, an Ellicott City, MD vet offers a to-do list for kitten owners.

Go Shopping

A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Your tiny buddy will need a good, high-quality kitten-formula food, as well as some dishes, plenty of toys, and at least one plush bed. We recommend getting a carrier as well. Choose a sturdy one, so your pet won’t get jostled or jarred during travel. Little Fluffy will also appreciate some pieces of kitty furniture, such as a cat tower. Choose things that will fit an adult cat. Otherwise, your pet will quickly outgrow them! Last but not least, you’ll need litter and a litterbox. Avoid clay and clumping litters, as they aren’t safe for kittens.

Call Your Vet

One of the first things on your agenda should be taking your tiny ball of fur to meet her doctor for the first time. In addition to getting a full exam, little Fluffy will need to be spayed or neutered. Microchipping is also in order. You’ll also want to get your feline friend started out with vaccinations and parasite control. (Note: here at Howard County Animal Hospital, we also provide purr checks, cuddles, and ear scritches as part of our kitten care protocol.)


Never underestimate your kitten’s ability to get into mischief. Little Fluffy has a lot to learn about the world, and will be purrticularly interested in sorting out what she can and can’t eat, play with, or sleep on. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous. That includes anything small or sharp, such as jewelry pieces, coins, tacks, safety pins, paperclips, beads, buttons, and craft kit pieces. Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties are also dangerous, as are wires and cords. Also, keep medicines and chemicals in a secure cabinet, and get rid of any toxic plants.

Please call us, your Ellicott City, MD vet clinic, anytime. We love watching cats grow from tiny balls of fur to happy, healthy adults!

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