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kibaspirit

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Hello all,

I will be taking my baby home sometime around April 13th and I am beginning to pick stuff out and place orders. I'm not going to go too crazy until I get to know my boy and his preferences, but I will need some basics. Not gonna get any clothes just yet since he will grow like a weed. My mom got me a kitty baby blanket tho :)

Here is what I have picked out so far (let me know if something on this list isn't good for whatever reason)
  • Food: Taste of the wild. Breeder has vetted this brand for kitty & I had great success with it for many years when I had a pup. I live in a super rural area & I can get this locally for an affordable price. They also have the wet version available locally.
  • Litter: Purina Unscented Yesterday's News. Also cheap for a large bag & I like the idea of pellets over clay or other types of materials in traditional litter. We are very environmentally conscious and want to use litter with a low carbon footprint.
  • Cat carrier: I-Go2 Escort/Pet Gear. Saw this in a thread here & it looks like an awesome investment.
  • Litter Box - IRIS top entry cat litter box. Had tons of great reviews, I like the aesthetics & I have read that nakeds have ULTRA stinky poops. Anyone else used a top entry box? The reviews seem to suggest that cats generally have an easy time navigating this.
  • Water/Food: elevated dual porcelain bowl. Easy to clean & kitty won't knock over.

I am hung up on a cat tree. Any good successes out there? We have a small house, so we can't have a cat palace (tho we are looking into the "one fast cat" wheel, that looks like a great investment). Was looking at an amazon basic cat tree that is also a scratching post.


How about my list, what am I missing? Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great weekend :)

B
 

Sheldon13

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Hello all,

I will be taking my baby home sometime around April 13th and I am beginning to pick stuff out and place orders. I'm not going to go too crazy until I get to know my boy and his preferences, but I will need some basics. Not gonna get any clothes just yet since he will grow like a weed. My mom got me a kitty baby blanket tho :)

Here is what I have picked out so far (let me know if something on this list isn't good for whatever reason)
  • Food: Taste of the wild. Breeder has vetted this brand for kitty & I had great success with it for many years when I had a pup. I live in a super rural area & I can get this locally for an affordable price. They also have the wet version available locally.
  • Litter: Purina Unscented Yesterday's News. Also cheap for a large bag & I like the idea of pellets over clay or other types of materials in traditional litter. We are very environmentally conscious and want to use litter with a low carbon footprint.
  • Cat carrier: I-Go2 Escort/Pet Gear. Saw this in a thread here & it looks like an awesome investment.
  • Litter Box - IRIS top entry cat litter box. Had tons of great reviews, I like the aesthetics & I have read that nakeds have ULTRA stinky poops. Anyone else used a top entry box? The reviews seem to suggest that cats generally have an easy time navigating this.
  • Water/Food: elevated dual porcelain bowl. Easy to clean & kitty won't knock over.

I am hung up on a cat tree. Any good successes out there? We have a small house, so we can't have a cat palace (tho we are looking into the "one fast cat" wheel, that looks like a great investment). Was looking at an amazon basic cat tree that is also a scratching post.


How about my list, what am I missing? Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great weekend :)

B
Optional, but I would add a K&H pet warming pad. Ellie LOVES hers and is on it anytime she’s not on me.


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Catzzzmeow

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Personally I would ask your breeder for what food they are feeding now and slowly transition to what you hope they will tolerate. A quick change of food usually means very wet poop and upset stomachs. It can take a few weeks to totally transition.

I would also ask your breeder what style litter box and litter are they using and start with that. Some kittens will not go in a box with a lid or top entry until they get the hang of it. If it is a tiny kitten they can struggling getting up and in. We were so happy our kitten got the hang right away of our top entry boxes, but we kept an open one just in case and he used it as well until we saw him mostly using the top entry.

In the beginning it is best to think about what they are used to and as they get bigger and gain confidence it is easier to transition to what you hope they will agree too. Cats rule and we are just their servants lol. @kibaspirit. Very excited for you
 

Monica

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My sphynx essentials also included:
  • Exfoliating gloves
  • Hylyt shampoo
  • Heavy duty litter scoop
  • Da Bird toy
  • Precision q-tips
  • Nail clippers
There’s a company called Contempo Cat who make AMAZING cat trees meant for smaller spaces. You should check out their website!
 

Yoda mom

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Great list going :)

I like the kitty mansions cat tree - small foot print tall amd sturdy 24"x24" base apx 76" tall with bolstered top perched and a condo in the middle I put a little towel inside
I like its dark grey with dark brown sisal . I do not use the included fake vines

Great advice to start out with what kitten is used to and slowly transition like your pup experience

You can also set up in advance a wellness check appointment , some contracts require within a certain number of days

Kitty proof everything for life - including any indoor plants , salt lamps (can be toxic If they lick at it )

Baby face cloth clothes are great for spa day alcohol free scent free baby wipes
Personally like Hylyt shampoo its soap free hypoallergenic easy rinse

My Toby loves his one fast cat exercise wheel - aka the stargate - we have several members in the stargate club on the lair

Keep us updated often :)
 

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You sound very well prepared for your boy coming home. I know a few members do have a one fast cat wheel like @Yoda mom , @Bailey21 and @Duglynukem . Here's a thrrad about it:


With food, litter and litterboxes I always say it's about your preferences and your boy's. Lots of good food and litter in the shops. So just go with the brands you like and see if they do well with your boy

My crew love blankets to crawl under and snuggle pouches to crawl in. I have a cattree that's specially made for my crew. If you have a small place maybe you can find somebody who can make a cattree that suits your house? I know some have doorclimbers at home to. Maybe that's an idea instead of a cattree?
 

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@kibaspirit Your avatar pic is soooo precious !
I have all adult adoptees - never had a baby baby ..to see such a wee baby melts my heart

Keep us updated often!
 

kibaspirit

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Does anyone have thoughts on an automatic feeder? Not like a gravity one, but a programmable one that spits out a portioned amount of food at set times during the day?
 

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We use timer dishes if we are getting home late or when we are on vacation and the cat sitter can set them to supplement feedings. Our are the basic battery operated ones. Have seen the programmable ones, for me I can’t justifying the price for one when we don’t have the need to use it often. Also with 4 cats it would be chaos at the food bowl lol, so we would need more than one. Our battery operated ones have 2 inserts in each so we set the 4 sections to open the same time and separate the 2 dishes so much more controlled and more room for them to not fight over the food.


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They have ones with cameras so if you area away you can see that they are eating etc. My husband is a tech geek and wanted one until I reminded him of them multiple cat issue. He’ll have to just be happy with the WiFi coffee pot...it gets more use. @kibaspirit
 
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