Taking care of a cat or kitten is a big job! Find out what supplies you will need
and what responsibilities you will have to take care of your new best friend.
• Balanced, brand name food. Not generic! Make sure it’s
for the right age. Dry food is better for your pet’s teeth.
Canned food is more similar to a natural diet for cats, so
some of both is probably best.
• Food and water bowls. Ceramic and metal are best.
Some pets are sensitive to plastic.
• Cat toys – make sure there aren’t any small parts or
string that can fall off and be swallowed
• A cat brush
• Cat toothpaste and toothbrush
• “Breakaway” collar and ID tag
• Microchip both indoor and outdoor cats
• Scratching post or scratching pad
• Litter box – one per cat, plus one extra
• Litter – scoopable litter is best. Don’t use dusty or
• Cat carrier
• Cat nail clippers
• Optional: Cat condo, cat leash and harness, cat bed, cat
Feeding Your Cat/Kitten
• Kittens (under 6 months): 3-4 times a day
• Over 6 months : Feed twice a day (amount depends on
food type and how active your cat is)
• Training your cat to eat twice a day: When your kitten
turns 6 months old, offer food to him/her twice a day
only. Leave the food out for ½ hour only. Your cat will
quickly learn to eat all of his/her food during the
• Avoid giving your pet too many treats since cats can
become overweight as they age.
Dangers! Never Feed Your Cat/Kitten:
• Alcoholic drinks
• Grapes and raisins
• Moldy or spoiled food
• Onions, garlic and chives
• Tomato plants
• Unripe fruit
• Yeast dough
• Any houseplants –
some are poisonous
• Clean litter box, feed (see above)
• Clean water/food bowls
• Change water
• Play with your cat
• Walk (optional)
• Thoroughly clean the litter box using a mild soap and
• Brush teeth once
Two Times a Week
• Brush hair (gently)
• Check to see if nails need to be trimmed
• Have your parent or guardian take your cat to
veterinarian for a check-up
You can train your cat to walk on leash by using a leash or
harness made for cats, by starting in a fenced-in yard and
rewarding them for good behavior with treats. You can also
train your cat to use a scratching post by placing catnip
around the base of the post and rewarding your pet when
he/she uses the scratching post. Cats love to scratch!
Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth
It is not easy, but cats are healthier if your brush their teeth.
Use cat toothpaste and brush. Start when they are kittens,
so they get used to it.
Spaying and Neutering
• Female cats should be spayed and male cats neutered
by six months old. This reduces bad behavior and some
diseases later in life.
Finding the Right Veterinarian
• When you get your pet, have your parent or guardian
take it to a veterinarian for a check-up
• Your pet should see a veterinarian at least once a year
and when you think it might be sick.