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Bringing Your New Cat Home


For as long as I can remember we have always owned a cat. Growing up in the Caribbean back then, they were everywhere and they didn’t live in our homes. They were considered outdoor cats. They did their business outdoors and only came when they wanted food. When I migrated to the US, I didn’t have any pets for quite some time – it wasn’t until I had my own kids and they decided that they wanted a pet that I considered getting a cat. I knew that the responsibility was going to be put upon me because as we all know that the kids want the pets, but the adults do all of the work. I thought that cats were a lot easier, I didn’t have to walk them and they are one of the most sociable animals alive. Just ask us cat owners. Today I want to share a few tips I gathered along the way about taking care of a new kitten.


So you decided that you want a kitten and you’ve found the perfect one, but there are a few things that you’re going to need before you bring your kitten home and a few things you’re going to have to do AFTER you’ve brought him/her home as well.

1.  Get a Vet – Whether you get your new kitten or even adult cat from a shelter, breeder or family friend, your new family member is going to need to see a vet to make sure that he/she is healthy. Just like you get your children a pediatrician, this vet is going to be your pet’s doctor. When you do visit, ask questions just like you would at your pediatrician. If you’re new to having a cat, ask about food recommendations and what signs to look for indicating that your cat is sick. You may get a few vaccines that are routine and a schedule of when to come back for the next ones.

2.  Socialize – As I mentioned before, cats are generally sociable animals. They like to be petted and know that they are loved. Introduce her to the house and to your children. If it’s a very young kitten and you have very young kids, teach your children how to hold her and touch her because generally children under the age of 5 can be very rough. Reward her good behavior with treats and extra love and ignore her bad behavior, but do not hit your cat when she displays behavior you do not like. Instead you may give her a time out in a different room away from you and your family.


3. Get Food and Gear – While there are lots of different foods out there, I would recommend getting the best and you can always ask your vet for his recommendation as I mentioned above. Feeding your pet the best now would almost always guarantee less time spent at your vet, which in turn saves you money. Buy toys and a scratching post. Getting and teaching your new cat/kitten how to use a scratching post now would save your furniture in the future.

4. Toilet Training – Don’t forget you’re going to need a litter box. You don’t need to buy a fancy schmancy litter box that cost hundreds of dollars. A very inexpensive litter box will do. Cats are born buriers and are born to scratch, and you’ll be surprised at how soon they figure it out. While you’re getting your litter box, don’t forget your litter. I recommend Fresh Step® with the power of Febreze™. Not only will it teach your new cat/kitten good litterbox habits, but it will also eliminate the odors and not just mask them


I have to admit that Fresh Step has always been the only litter that we use. It was recommended to us when we got our very first cat and I was really excited to learn that now it contains the power of Febreze™. It is the first and only litter to feature the power of Febreze™, making it possible for litter odors to vanish. The litter has many paws-itive attributes. It provides long-lasting 10-day odor control and leaves behind a fresh, clean scent. Plus, it now has a lower dust formula, for cleaner surfaces and clearer air. So when you’re bringing home your new cat/kitten follow our tips and you should have a smooth transition, and please don’t forget the litterbox and litter.

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 This post is sponsored by Fresh Step Litter, but all opinions are my own.

Annmarie John
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  1. I've been using Fresh Step for quite some time too but I would occasionally pick up other litter when they're on sale. However nothing works as great as Fresh Step and I love that it now has Febreze. That's great!

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  2. Oh wow I think i have tried it all. I unfortunately did move away from Fresh Step but only because my husband was picking it up and he grabbed the closest thing. When he did that I was forced to do something. I am unable to drive and since I am the cleaner I was forced to try a cover up. I put candles all around near the box. I would light incense which were a gift from the 1970's and as u may know the dirty box was the better smell. I sprayed Febreze all over the top. I even got an automatic air freshener and put it by it. That was terrible cuz when it sprayed my cats were afraid of thr hissing noise and jump into it. I'm thinking long and hard about a friend picking up what is a necessity to me and that is Fresh Step. If I won I would b just as happy as my babies

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  3. I've used Arm and Hammer and thought it would have worked out great because it had baking soda. Turned out that it didn't work so good so we switched back to Fresh Step. Good to know that it now has Febreze. Should work even better now. BTW those are some great tips!

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  4. HA! I have 5 cats and socialize feral kittens. I have tried candles, stick up deoderizers. incense, charcoal. spraying constantly. You name it, it has been done!!! I also have tried sprinkling in baking soda. I love fresh step and I love the way it covers the odors and even though I scoop, they poop faster!

    ellen beck on the form

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  5. I'm brand new at this cat thing, but I love it. Right now I just scoop it out and toss it regularly. I'd love to try the litter with Febreze. Thanks for hosting.

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  6. There will never be a cat in my house, but my MIL has cats and uses Fresh Step. She seems to be happy with it.

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  7. What a beautiful ragdoll! Growing up we have always had cats and we have had some here as well. When our last one passed away we just couldn't replace him. Maybe one day. I kinda miss those little hisses and the sideways pounce. LOL!!

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  8. These are great tips for any pet owner. We don't have a pet right now, but I can't wait to get a new one. Pets make the house feel so much fuller

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  9. Great tips! It's been awhile since we've dealt with a new pet (our youngest pup is almost 5 years old) and even long since we had to introduce a new cat (13 years!) But we love the Fresh Step litter!

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  10. I've tried EVERYTHING - spraying, all different kinds of litter, but one thing I know is that I always go back to Fresh Step - nothing works as well and eliminates the odors!

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  11. I use odor-absorbing litter and cover the box!

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  12. I have two male cats an a special urinary tract friendly diet. In other words, I have two boys who pee a LOT. I would love to see how Fresh Step can handle the strain.

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  13. I've tried so many things to try to get rid of the odor. I normally just spray around the box, but that only works for awhile. I've tried all kinds of litter as well, and not many have worked well.

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  14. Great tips! My son loves cats, and we have been thinking about adopting one. We will definitely try Fresh Step.

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  15. Some great tips. When we brought our cat home she was our only one so it was a lot easier than if we had to also socialize her with other cats

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  16. We started living with a cat for the first time last year. We love it! This guide makes a lot of sense.

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  17. We have dogs but not cats. Though we have some cats coming to our house looking for food.

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  18. My sister is planning to get a cat. She could use these tips.

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  19. These are all great tips for cat owners. I have two dogs right now but I will share this post with my officemate who love kitty cats.

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  20. These are pretty great tips for cat owners. My mom loves cats so I literally grow up with them but we opted to get a dog since my boys adore him.

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  21. I am a Dog Lover and have never owned a cat! No furbabies at all right now and I plan to keep it that way for now, my only 'resolution'/goal for 2016 is Travel, Travel and More Travel! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  22. I really missed my siamese cat, he's so sweet but hyper sometimes

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  23. Some great and nice tips! I wish we have a cat at home. My kids is a pet lover.

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  24. We love our furry little friend. I don't know what it would be like or how he would react to a new ball of fur running around here! Thank you for these tips!

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  25. Great tips for bringing home a new cat! As a kid we never had pets, but today my husband and I have 2 cats. We have gone through a number of different litter products and finally found a really good one as well.

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  26. I remember when i brought home my kitties. We use Fresh Step for our cats and it works amazing. These are great tips.

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  27. I grew up with a lot of cats at home so I kind of miss having one. MY husband is allergic so we can't have any. Great tips!

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  28. These are great tips for anyone with cats! I have one indoor cat and I have always used Fresh Step!

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  29. I can't wait till we can get our first kitten, this was very helpful thank you.

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  30. Great advice. I've got friends with cats who agree with all this!

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  31. All of our cats are rescue cats and its hard to mask their odor so we try to clean the litter as soon as possible. Candles also help.

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  32. These sound like some great tips when bringing a cat home. I would love to have a cat someday. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I'd love to try FreshStep with Febreze so I can compare it to my current brand!

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  34. I totally agree with your tips. When we got our cat we did the same thing too. I didn't even know that Fresh Step now came with Febreze. I use Fresh Step but didn't see this. I'll have to check them out the next time I go to the store.

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  35. I have a rescue cat she was found almost frozen outside who has made herself very comfortable and is enjoying being a inside cat. I've never tried the Fresh Step with Febreze but I will be buying it soon.

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  36. I will be trying this litter and your cat is adorable!

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  37. I have a rescue cat she was found almost frozen outside who has made herself very comfortable and is enjoying being a inside cat. I've never tried the Fresh Step with Febreze but I will be buying it soon.

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