Welcome to the Rescue Club (Kitten)


If you have recently welcomed a new kitten into your home please accept our congratulations.We recognise that getting things right throughout their growth is vital as this is one of the most intense and important stages in your new arrival’s life.

We want to support both you and your kitten as best we can throughout this rapidly changing period.

The essential kitten shopping list

Getting a new kitten is an exciting time, and there is a lot to think about. Before they arrive, you’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials they need at home. To help you, here is our ultimate kitten shopping list:

  • Food bowls
    Avoid double bowls – even if feeding wet and dry you will want to wash the wet food bowl after each meal while dry can be left down. Consider activity feeders for all or part of the ration – feeding can be active and enjoyable for your kitten.
  • Water bowls
    You’ll need a few separate bowls to place in different locations well away from your kitten’s food. Avoid plastic bowls as this can taint the water.
  • Toys
    Choose a variety of different toys to help your kitten express natural hunting-like behaviours.
  • Bed
    Your kitten will enjoy a choice of resting spots so it is a good idea to offer them a comfy and enclosed bed. You can use your Welcome Pack box as a kitten bed too!
  • Scratching post and other cat furniture
    ‘Cat trees’ and other types of cat furniture are a great way to provide for your cat’s instinctive needs for resting, observing, climbing and scratching in one.
  • Litter tray and litter
    Get a large, deep tray and find out what sort of litter your kitten is used to from your breeder.

Your pet retailer team will be able to give you plenty of advice on choosing everything you need to look after your new arrival.

Not sure how much to feed?

Your breeder will be able to let you know your kitten’s daily ration, call our nutritional helpline or follow the feeding guideline on the bag.

To understand our feeding guideline, read across from your kitten’s current age to find the total daily ration in grams, which can then be split into multiple meals. There is a second section to show how to combine wet and dry food. Some feeding guides give a different ration depending on your kitten’s expected adult weight. Your breeder or vet will be able to tell you what this is.

Every kitten is different, so keep an eye on your kitten’s body condition and adjust quantities if necessary.

The basic needs of a young cat are simple and as follows:

  • Lots of sleep, without being disturbed. Choose a bed that is comfortable, easy to clean and strong and place it in a quiet area.
  • A clean supply of fresh water available at all times.
  • Regular, frequent meals of kitten food in the same place and at the same times each day to help establish a structure.

When it comes to food, it is a good idea to stick to your new kittens existing routine as much as possible for the first few days. It is a good idea to ask the breeder to supply you with a small amount of your companions’ current diet. Once those first few days are over and your companion is settled, you can start to introduce a ROYAL CANIN® diet (one designed for growth) very gradually, over 5-7 days, if you want to switch. Once your kitten has made the change, follow the feeding guides on the pack closely, as these will differ month by month as your kitten grows. Most kittens initially need at least 3 or 4 meals per day but the meal frequency can usually be reduced to 2 or 3 meals per day as they grow.

During the first few weeks, allow your new arrival a few days of quiet rest to help ease settling in. Then offer gentle play, keeping play times short, with appropriate toys, used under supervision. Ensure there is no confusion and only allow and reward play behaviour that you will continue to encourage as your kitten grows up. Ignore any inappropriate behaviour, even if it seems endearing in a young animal e.g. jumping up, climbing on furniture, mouthing and scratching.

Don’t let your kitten outside until they have had their vaccinations. If you are not sure what is safe for your unvaccinated pet, speak to your vet for advice. Many vets will recommend keeping kittens inside until they are neutered, as early pregnancies are always a possibility. Remember it is very important to socialise your pet from a young age.

It’s a good idea for your pet to have a check-up when they first come to live with you so that your vet can make sure they’re healthy, arrange for necessary vaccinations and advise you on other recommendations. Regular vet checks help to keep your companion healthy as they grow and ensure that they get used to going to the vets.

We all want a happy, friendly and confident pet, but many owners don’t realise that it is what their kitten experiences at an early age that is most important for this. The period known as the ‘socialisation window’, is the time during which your kitten is much more accepting of any new situations and encounters. The more they experience during that time, the more they will be comfortable with as an adult. However, for an emotionally well-balanced companion, the best thing is to continue with ongoing socialisation opportunities throughout their life.