Bringing a new cat home is, without a doubt, an exciting time for every animal lover. So it should not be surprised that some people take it by the thrill and completely forget an essential step: Prepare your home for the new family member.

If you want your cat to take advantage of his new home, you need to make sure that it is a safe environment for him to explore. In this spirit, here are the things you need to consider before bringing your new cat home:

Ask yourself the important questions

The first thing you need to ask yourself is if you are truly prepared to take care of a pet. Do you have the time and energy your new furry friend will need? Can you commit to having your house “transformed” into a cat-friendly area? Are you OK with the furry trails they might leave behind – on your clothes, your plates, and your bed? Make sure you consider all the ways in which living with a kitty might impact your life.

Prepare your family

You must prepare all the residents of your household to welcome the new family member. Otherwise, everyone is excited about it, make them at least aware of the changes that the new kitty will bring.

Make sure to share with them a short and concise list of what it means to take care of a cat. You can even start dividing cat-related tasks, such as litter change or cat picking from the vet. You don’t want to bring your new cat home only to find out that you are the only one to be excited about it.

Store and get your basic cat kit

Another crucial thing that you need to get out of the way before you bring a new cat home is to make sure that you have what you need to take care of your cat. Start with the basics, like an open litter box and litter tools like a scoop and a container, food and water bowls, and of course, a stock of cat food and litter substrate. A scratching station might be useful for your couch, so take that into consideration too.

Other essential items you should buy include also a cat nail clipper, a brush, a cat carrier, a cat collar and an identification tag. You also need to have a litter box in order for a way on how to stop your cat from spraying.

Prepare your Home

While cats are fairly independent and can take care of themselves, you want to make your home a secure environment for your new pet. Take into account the whole space that your little fur ball will be able to explore and test the cats.

This could mean putting small objects out of reach to prevent them from being swallowed by your cat, as well as chemicals, medications and cleaning products. Look for the plants you have and make sure none of them are toxic to cats. In addition, make sure that no wire or cordage can tempt your cat, and yes, this includes the Floss.

Last but not least, remove your cat from hot but dangerous places, such as the garage or washing machine.

Make your home fun

If you care about your cat’s well-being (and you probably do), you should enrich your home with fun and supportive features. You don’t need to spend too much on expensive toys. A fishing track, a laser pointer, or even a cardboard box will go around.

There is a reason why cats are great companions: they are loving, fun and will comfort us when we are in emotional distress. But, before you bring your furry new friend home, make sure you are at the height of the task.