Here's what I know I'll need:
litter box - get the largest you can find!
litter- I use Tidy Cat's Multiple Cats regular litter, as I have 3 cats, although there are others that work well too. A lot of people like Arm & Hammer, Feline Pine, Yesterday's News, etc.
mat for under box - Using newspaper is cheap!
cat bed- Don't bother...cats much prefer a comfy old box lined with blankets or towels! Save your money on nifty toys and scratching posts!
cat food - I'm going with all dry...I would encourage you to consider feeding your cat a premium all wet/canned diet. This is actually FAR MORE healthier for your kitten. Or you can have one meal be dry kibble, and the other meal be a canned type. Innova, Wellness, Felidae, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, and Solid Gold are some brands that come HIGHLY recommended. Do as much research into cat nutrition as you can before selecting your new kitty...you'll be surprised. I feed my trio a combination of wet and dry...and I feed Innova EVO, which is fairly close to a raw diet. Many of the dry foods you find in discount and grocery stores are like giving your cat meat-flavored cereal, and full of by-products, fillers, corn, and basically stuff that can effect your cat's health and well-being over the long run. There's lots of great info on cat food right here on TCS, so spend some time doing some general searches.
cat food dishes - nothing breakable...I use stainless steel or heavy ceramic dishes, as using plastic bowls can actually irritate a cat's chin, and cause feline acne. A nice non-slip mat underneath can help keep dishes in place, too.
Bitter Apple spray
toys - Get the Cat Dancer...it's cheap, and all cat's seem to LOVE them! And mice mice mice!!!! And wand toys, and catnip toys...
carrying crate - Excellent idea...it will be mandatory for vet visits and car rides...never ride in a car with an uncrated cat!
room the kitten can take over as his own - this'll be a bathroom - That's what I've always done!
cat treats...heck, you don't have to buy any special treats. Your cat will benefit from OCCASSIONAL (unless you choose to feed a raw diet) treats of plain natural yogurt (not flavored), a bit of uncooked chicken (don't cook it!!!), a dab here and there of cottage cheese, a tiny sliver of tuna now and again, a little morsel of beef hot dog, chicken gizzards, turkey necks (supervise this one), and even a raw egg now and again (yolk and whites!). Most commercial cat treats are junk food, and really only contribute to obesity and other problems. Just make sure to not give your cats a dish of milk, as they do not process lactose properly, and it can make kitty sick. Onions, garlic, tomato, chocolate, and garlic are other things to be avoided. There are lists available to help you figure out what is safe, and what is not.
grooming brush - I would also get a flea comb. Even if kitty is completely an indoor cat (which I would strongly recommend), you can actually bring fleas in your home a variety of ways. Please always stay clear of flea shampoos, and over-the-counter flea products, as they can be toxic, and even fatal to your kitten. Always use a product from your vet, such as Frontline, Revolution, or Advantage from your vet.
Am I missing anything? Any advice or opinions would be great!!!!
*Consider getting two kittens that have bonded...it may actually keep kitties more occupied during the crazy kitten phase, and less out of trouble! They actually do like buddies!
*Adopt from a shelter, or rescue group...don't purchase your kitty from a pet shop!!!!!!
*Always spay and neuter your pets! This will help you avoid a host of problems later on!!!!! If you adopt a shelter kitty, it may already be done for you!
*Consider adopting an adult cat from a shelter...kittens are cute, but adults tend to rot in shelters for much longer periods of time, and you will know immediately the personality of the cat. Kittens are a lot of HARD WORK!!! Adults are much more mellow, and far less maintenance. Remember, cats can live to be 20 years old, so a 3-4 year-old cat is still incredibly young and full of life!
*Do not declaw. This procedure is horrible, and extremely harmful to animals. Do invest in some scratching post, and acclimate your kitten or cat to using it immediately, to save your furniture. Also, get your kitten used to nail trimming early...this helps a lot too. You can also look into Soft Paws, which is a nail cap that can be worn, to protect your home as well!
*Provide lots of exercise to your cat. Get on the floor, and be a cat too! Play play play! Get your kitty to exercise his/her prey instincts, and provide mental stimulation...a tired kitty is a happy kitty!
*Where do you live (if you don't mind me asking?) PM me if you want some help finding some local shelters in your area, or if you need help picking out that special kitty for you!