Castaway Cats is a state licensed, non-profit, 501(c)(3) cat rescue.

All donations are tax deductible.

Congratulations on the adoption of your new best friend! We hope that you grow to love your new furbaby as much as we did!  Bringing home a new family member can be an adjustment for your family and for your kitten. Please be patient, your kitten is in a totally new place with people that they haven't had the opportunity to get to know and trust yet. We’ve put together some tips to help guide you through this transition and make it as smooth as possible. 

Supply Checklist

  • Cat Carrier
    • You’ll need a cat carrier to bring your cat home and transport your new kitten to and from the vet’s office. Your cat should be able to turn freely, stand and lie down. When choosing a size, keep in mind that your kitten will grow quickly.
  • Litter Box and Scoop
    • Litter boxes come in a variety of shapes and styles, choose one that is appropriate for the area of your home that you plan to keep it and that your kitten will be able to get in and out of easily. Set up the litter box in an area that is free from obstacles and away from the cat’s food and water.
    • Always keep your cat’s litter box clean by scooping at least once a day.
  • Litter
    • If possible, find out what kind of litter your kitten was using before you adopted them and use the same litter. If you end up deciding to use a different type of litter, you can gradually transition to a new one.
  • Food and Water Bowls
    • Metal and ceramic bowls are recommended over plastic, they are less likely to harbor bacteria.
  • Cat Food
    • There are many food options for cats: dry, semi-moist, canned, kitten-specific, grain free, organic... the list goes on and on. Talk to your vet for food recommendations. When you first bring your new kitten home you may have to try several types of food before finding what’s best for them.
  • Scratching Post
    • Your new kitten will need to scratch things, it’s a natural part of being a cat. Providing a scratching post (or several) will reduce the chances of your cat scratching your furniture or rugs.
  • Cat Toys
    • Every cat needs toys. Provide your new kitten with some fun, entertaining, and interactive toys and play with your new kitten, it provides exercise and stimulates your cat’s mental abilities. 
  • Grooming Tools
    • A pet nail trimmer for your new kitten is necessary. It’s important to get your kitten used to having their claws trimmed beginning at a young age.
    • A good quality pet brush or comb is also recommended, especially if your new kitten has long fur.

First Steps

Kitten proof your house: Spend some time looking around your home and check for small objects that can be swallowed, heavy or fragile things that can be knocked over and broken, cords that can be chewed on, and spaces that your new kitten may be able to get into but not easily get out of.

Start your new kitten in a small space (a bathroom or bedroom) away from other pets. This will allow your cat to begin to get used to your home without being overwhelmed. This will also give you the opportunity to make sure that your new kitten is eating, drinking, and using the litter box.

Introduction to Existing Pets

If you have pets, introduce them to your new kitten slowly. Start by keeping them separate and swapping bedding or other objects so they can get used to each other’s smells. Eventually you can allow your pets to meet for short periods of time. Expect some hissing and growling, don’t be worried, this is normal. If aggressive behavior gets worse, separate the animals immediately and try again later. Don’t leave your pets alone together until you are sure they can get along.

We’re Here to Help

Feel free to contact us if you have questions. You can send a message on Facebook or from our Contact Us page. Additional contact information is available on your adoption paperwork.

Take lots of pictures! Kittens don’t stay small for long.  It’s always nice to be able to look back and see how little kitty was when you first got them. And we'd love for you to share pictures with us! Your success stories help us save more kittens! Please like us on Facebook and share updates with us!