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What To Buy Before You Adopt A Cat catipedia-icon4.png

Use our list to make sure you have everything you need BEFORE your cat arrives at its forever home.

First things first

Cat bowls

Some cats develop a rash from eating out of plastic dishes. So use ceramic or metal bowls for your cat’s food and water.

Cat food

Cats have different nutritional needs at different ages. If you’re bringing home a kitten, choose a formula created especially for cats less than a year old. If you’re bringing home an older cat, be sure to choose a food that provides complete nutrition for adult cats. Your vet may even suggest a specific diet for your new cat based on health and nutritional needs.

A litterbox, litter & scoop

Cats typically prefer a large, uncovered litterbox. For adult cats, bigger is better so they can turn around and dig. Kittens require a lower-sided litterbox that’s easy for them to enter and exit.

Cats can be very selective about the texture and scent of their litter, so you may have to try a couple different kinds before you find the right one. Begin with an unscented, fine-grained and clay-based clumping litter—it’s what most cats prefer. Plan to scoop the box daily and wash it weekly.

Scratching post

Consider providing both a horizontal or slightly inclined scratching post as well as a vertical scratching post. And try posts of various materials, such as sisal, rope, cardboard or bark. Place scratching posts in prominent locations in your home so your cat can access them easily.

Cat carrier

Although some shelters provide a disposable cardboard carrier when you adopt your cat, they aren’t a permanent solution and won’t protect your cat in the event of a car accident. So you’ll need to purchase a hard-sided, plastic cat carrier.

Cat bed

Cats are creatures of comfort, so provide it in the form of a warm and cozy bed. Plus, having a space of his or her own space will help your cat feel at home.

Don’t forget the fun!

Toys provide both stimulation and exercise for your cat and are a great way for the two of you to connect. Plus, playing with your cat daily can help prevent unwanted behaviors such as play aggression, especially in young cats and kittens. Try using different types of cat toys to engage your cat—sometimes homemade toys such as crumpled paper balls or cardboard boxes work best.

Buy now, use later


For long-haired cats, a slicker brush is an essential tool to help keep them looking and feeling their best. Plan to brush your long-haired cat daily to help keep mats from forming and to eliminate excess hair, which can cause hairballs when ingested. Brushing also helps keep short-haired cats from ingesting excess hair and developing hairballs.

Nail clipper

Introducing your cat to nail trimming at an early age is the easiest way to help them become accustomed to the process. If you are bringing home an adult cat, introduce nail clipping slowly and with great patience.

Cat tree or perch

Elevated surfaces provide both a source of entertainment and security for cats. If possible, install a cat tree close to a window to allow your cat to see the outside world and nap in the sun.



Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How can I email or talk with the Purina Pet Care team?

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Q: How are Purina Cat Chow products different from other healthy pet foods?

A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
  • Ingredient Testing
  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We recommend signing up to become a member of our MyPerks loyalty program to receive exclusive offers. We also offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. Make sure to watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer as well.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Help! My cat has a health issue and I’m not sure what to do.

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat.