A Comprehensive Guide for New Cat Parents

For anyone that’s just getting started with their first cat, learning how to take care of them can be overwhelming at first. Between figuring out the best supplies to buy and making sure your new cat has everything it needs to stay happy and healthy, there’s a lot to consider! 

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to take care of your new feline friend, covering everything about how to pick out the right litter box, how to buy cat supplies at PETstock and food bowls, and how to bring your cat in for regular checkups at the vet.

• Preparing your home

When you bring home a new cat, be sure to create a safe place for it to call its own. Ideally, new pets should have their room in your house that is completely closed off from other pets and children. This space will give them a sense of security and privacy, which allows them to adjust to their new home more easily. 

Also, make sure you have everything you need for your pet—bedding, litter box, toys, food, and water dishes—and introduce these things gradually over time when they’re still in their separate space so they can get used to each thing on its own before being faced with all of them at once.

• Preparing your cat

Even though you know your new cat isn’t going to run away from home, it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of prep work. Even cats have their sense of personal space and they tend to feel most comfortable in surroundings they’re familiar with. Make sure that your new cat has enough food, water, and litter boxes before bringing them home. 

Also, don’t forget to buy a few things for yourself like an extra pillowcase or two; with all of your attention focused on your furry bundle of joy (and his adorable face), you might not notice spit-up on your clothes. Pick up a stain remover designed specifically for cleaning up pet messes while you are at PETstock so that cleanup is just as easy as shopping!

• Preparing yourself

You might not be prepared, but there’s an easy way to fix that. Take it from someone who just adopted a new cat: PETstock offers all of your pet care needs in one place—and they’re all delivered right to your door. Save yourself some serious time by picking up everything you need in one go. 

From feeding dishes and toys to leashes and collars, when you buy cat supplies at PETstock you get quality products and expert service at a great price. Next time you adopt a furry friend, check out PETstock first! (and don’t forget: FREE SHIPPING)

• When you can’t be there

If you’re planning to spend time away from your cat, it’s always a good idea to have another responsible adult check in on them. And if you have to leave town or even just step out of the house, make sure your cat has plenty of food and water—and be sure to ask a neighbor or friend to take them out for fresh air and exercise. This way, you can rest assured that there are some extra sets of eyes on your kitty while you’re away. 

Remember: cats are hunters by nature and if they don’t get their regular dose of exercise, they could become fussy or develop other habits like clawing furniture or digging holes in carpets.

• Schedule time with your pet

Just like parents of human children, new cat owners need to set aside time in their daily schedule to care for their pets. Of course, cats are quite independent and some don’t want as much attention as others—but they all require some amount of care. Schedule regular times each day when you can focus on your cat so it gets used to having that time blocked off. That way, when things get busy at work or home, you can be confident that your cat is getting what it needs. 

If possible, have someone else (or even a pet sitter) help out during these times if there’s no one else at home who can tend to them (such as in between travel or after an extended business trip).

• Problems and Solutions

When you have a cat, it’s easy to assume there’s nothing more you need to buy: litter, food, toys. But from food bowls to scratching posts, carriers to grooming supplies—there are a lot of items necessary for kitty happiness and well-being. 

Of course, if you only have one cat or kitten things are much simpler; but if your household includes multiple cats or kittens or even just one fluffy personality feline friend, then choosing what products and services will help enrich your pet’s life can seem overwhelming. Consider PETstock as a one-stop shop for all of your pet needs—and make sure your favorite furry family member is happy and healthy with our complete guide!

• Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions that new cat owners have, and many of them can be answered by looking at a guide. We recommend our comprehensive cat ownership guide which outlines all you need to know about caring for your new kitten. It is full of information about how to buy cat supplies from PETstock, what food to feed him and where your new kitty should sleep

You will also find advice on training your cat with positive reinforcement and how to keep him safe outdoors or when he goes visiting. The best thing about owning a pet is how they enhance your life and add fun to every day – but if you’re unprepared you can come up against challenges along the way.


If you’ve never owned a cat before, it can be hard to know what supplies you’ll need for your new feline friend. It’s a good idea to set up an Amazon wishlist or similar online space where you can store all of your kitty needs in one place. Whenever someone asks what they can buy you, tell them cat supplies. This comprehensive guide will help steer you in the right direction!