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.

Here are our top tips so you can help your new family member to be as happy and healthy as possible.

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 Classic 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.

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 and pet them, but make sure that they also know to be gentle with them.

Feeding Your New Kitten

In the early days, it can be calming for your kitten to have a similar routine to the one that they had before coming to you and this extends to food. If you know what food they have been having, sticking to this can reduce change related stress.

Your vet can advise on high quality kitten food that will help them to meet their nutritional needs as they grow. 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.

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.

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