Mon & Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues, Wed & Thurs: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m.-5p.m. Closed Sun.
Call 206-546-2287 (CATS)
Nurture Heal Educate
19203 Aurora Ave. N.
Shoreline, Washington

What to Have on Hand for Your New Kitten

Essentials to Have Ready Before the Kitten Arrives:

  • High protein canned food
  • Non-plastic cat dish
  • Daily fresh water or pet fountain
  • Two litter boxes & scoop
  • Unscented cat litter that is digestible in case kitten eats it (corn or wheat-based)
  • Comfortable cat bed/bedding
  • Cat carrier
  • Nail trimmer


For Developmental & Environmental Enrichment (3-8 Weeks):

  • Scratching posts (cardboard or sisal)
  • Collar with identification if cat goes outside, preferably reflective (for visibility) and break-away (for safety)
  • Wand toys for supervised playtime
  • Bat-around toys (fur mice, crinkly balls, etc.)
  • Cat tree/tower for cat to climb and rest on
  • Comb/brush for grooming
  • Books on cat care


At 6 Months and Beyond:

  • Gradually introduce adult canned cat food
  • Larger litter box (1.5 times the length of the cat)
  • Collar and identification tag if cat goes outdoors
  • Catnip and/or honeysuckle toys at 6 months (kittens do not respond to catnip until this time)
  • Dental care products including toothbrush, toothpaste, rinse and/or dental chews (introduce at 8-12 months or when adult teeth come in)
  • Treat dispensing food ball and various meat-based treats
  • May transition to any type of litter at this time
AAHA Cat Friendly Enviro Star Certified Care Credit