CONGRATULATIONS ON WELCOMING HOME YOUR NEW CAT

Click below to navigate the exciting journey into pet parenthood with helpful tips, expert guidance and shopping recommendations for all your milestones together.

1. PREPPING YOUR HOME

Fill your space with supplies and essentials before your cat arrives to help them feel comfortable and safe from the start.

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For pheromone-based calming aids to work, they need to be turned on for a week before you bring home your new cat.

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Scratching is a natural behavior used to communicate and mark territory, and providing multiple scratching options and styles can help them learn the appropriate places to scratch.

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You should always have at least one litter box per cat—plus an additional litter box—to encourage healthy litter box behavior and reduce the chance of accidents.

2. FIRST NIGHT TOGETHER

Help your new cat feel cozy the first night with you with the right supplies.

Assorted cat toys and accessories

Set up a safe place

Create a small, dedicated space with their bed, litter box, food, water and toys to help them adjust to their new home.

A Cat carrier

Let them explore at their own pace

Allow your cat to come out of their travel carrier when they want to and make sure not to rush them.

Bag of cat treats

Make introductions slowly

At a comfortable pace for your cat, allow your friends and family to meet them while making sure each interaction is short and positive by rewarding them with treats.

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3. Finding the right nutrition

Set a strong foundation for their physical health with quality nutrition.

Why we believe in quality nutrition

Quality nutrition helps your cat have healthier skin, a shinier coat and improved vitality and longevity.

We've turned our backs on artificial ingredients*

Petco is the first and only national retailer to have removed all food and treats with artificial ingredients* from our shelves.

*See how Petco defines artificial ingredients at petco.com/nutritionstandards.

Health starts with what's in their bowl

Build a balanced bowl with quality nutrition and toppers to help ensure a healthy diet.

Why we believe in quality nutrition

Quality nutrition helps your cat have healthier skin, a shinier coat and improved vitality and longevity.

Why we went artificial-free*

Our nutrition standards are a first step in a journey toward better health for the pets we all love.

*See how Petco defines artificial ingredients at petco.com/nutritionstandards.

Health starts with what's in their bowl

Build a balanced bowl with quality nutrition and toppers to help ensure a healthy diet.

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Pals members can download the Petco app to get every 8th bag of cat food for free.*

*Must unlock nutrition perk in the Petco app. See Pals Rewards Terms and Conditions for details.

4. FIRST TRIP TO THE VET

Visiting the vet regularly from the start can help support your cat's physical health and overall wellness.

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Get unlimited routine exams or up to $70 Pals Rewards for two exams a year at the vet of your choice with Vital Care. >

5. Building your bond

Socializing with your cat helps strengthen your relationship while providing the stimulation and exposure they need for positive physical, mental and social health.

Cat furniture

Give them space to jump, climb and exercise between play sessions.

Teasers & wands

Help them stay active while building your bond together.

Tunnels

Provide a safe space to hide, play and explore—and they often have a hidden toy for even more entertainment.

Toys & catnip

Encourage them to play when they're alone so they stay mentally stimulated.

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Carriers

Provide a safe way to transport your cat during trips to the vet or other outings.

Harnesses & leashes

Depending on your cat's temperament, you may be able to leash-train them.

Collars & ID tags

These can help them return home if they ever get lost.

Calming aids

Help them relax and unwind while encouraging positive behaviors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While cats are typically lower maintenance pets and can mostly take care of themselves, a kitten may need additional attention if you plan to be gone for long stretches of time. If you have adopted a new or very young kitten, it's best to not leave them alone for more than a four-hour stretch without checking on them to ensure they have plenty of water and have not gotten into any dangerous situations while exploring their new surroundings. As they age, they will be perfectly happy waiting for you to return from work to play with them.

Different kittens may take different amounts of time to become fully adjusted to their new space. You can help your new family member get used to their new home by giving them a safe place to call their own and slowly introducing them to other people and pets.

If you're adopting a new kitten, start by getting these essential supplies before bringing them home: kitten food, kitten treats and food and water bowls; litter, a litterbox and accessories, like a scoop, deodorizer and litter liners; a stain and odor remover; a cat scratcher; a perch or cat condo; toys; a bed; a collar and ID tags; a kitten carrier; and calming solutions, like supplements or diffusers.

Your new kitten will likely feel overwhelmed and a little bit nervous when they first come home. You can alleviate some of this by creating a safe space in a bedroom or bathroom and letting them explore and get used to that area first. If you have other pets in your home, make sure introductions happen slowly.

A basic supplies checklist for your new cat includes cat food, cat treats and food and water bowls; litter, a litterbox and accessories, like a scoop, deodorizer and litter liners; a stain and odor remover; a cat scratcher; a perch or cat condo; toys; a bed; a collar and ID tags; a travel carrier; and calming solutions, like supplements or diffusers.

Depending on your new cat's age and personality, they may take some time to become fully accustomed to their new space. To help ease this transition, be sure you have all the right supplies before you bring your new cat home. Once there, give them a dedicated space, introduce them to other people and pets slowly and give them hands-on attention when they want it.