Top Tips for New Kitten Owners

Top tips for new kitten owners

If you’re planning to bring home a new kitten, the first few days and weeks after their arrival can make a lot of difference to how well they settle into the home and family.

Our top tips should help your little one feel part of the family in no time!

Bringing home your new kitten

Familiar smells can be calming for your kitten. If possible, bringing home a blanket that they have been sleeping on in the days before they come with you can help with this. Having it in the cat carrier on the journey home and keeping it in their sleeping place can help to reduce their stress.

Introducing them to their new home

Initially, it’s a good idea to keep your kitten in one particular room. Sleeping places should ideally be in a quiet and fairly secluded part of the home, preferably an area that doesn’t receive a lot of foot traffic.  Once they are more ready to get used to the rest of the home, introduce them to one room at a time. You can take a cat carrier into each room (or something else they can take refuge in) in case they feel overwhelmed or scared. Plug in diffusers, like Feliway Optimum can help to make the environment less stressful as they adapt to their new home.

Litter training 

As with your kitten’s sleeping place, the litter tray should also be located somewhere quiet and private so there is little chance of them being disturbed while using it and being put off.

It may take a little while for your kitten to get the hang of litter training. When you practice, you can encourage your kitten to dig in the tray with their front paws, especially if they don’t instinctively do this by themselves. They should start to do this without prompting after a while and most cats will appreciate the chance to bury their waste after using the tray.

Introducing them to other pets

If you have another cat in the household, introducing them in short bursts often works best. If things get hostile, take your kitten out of the room as soon as possible and try again a few days later.

Not all pets will necessarily get on well, especially in the beginning. It’s therefore important not to force interaction between them. Let them engage with each other at their own pace. This could take weeks or even months in some cases, depending on how receptive they are to one another.

Introducing them to other people

As with other pets, it’s best to do introductions with members of the family on a slow basis too, especially with small children. Let them get to know the new arrival, but make sure that they also know to be gentle and calm around them.

Lots of kittens will enjoy interacting with people, but some may quickly become over stimulated during petting and may have a tendency to bite or scratch. Just a few gentle chin tickles and strokes should be fine until you get to know what your kitten prefers. 

Feeding your new kitten

Your vet can advise on high quality kitten food that will help them to get the right nutrients to support healthy growth and development. If they haven’t started on this already when you bring them home, you can begin to transition them onto it and away from their previous food.

Always check with your vet first before changing your kittens food. You can also follow our food transition guide for help. 

Health and safety considerations

Kittens can be incredibly curious so it’s a good idea to “kitten proof” your home and make sure any potential hazards are out of their reach. Some of the things that could cause them harm include electrical cords and blind cords.

 If at any time you’re unsure about your kitten’s health, do not hesitate to seek advice from your vet as soon as possible.

Animeddirect.co.uk has a range of kitten products and food as well as low-cost wormers and flea treatments.