Bringing home a kitten is fun.
Bringing home a kitten is fun. Getting a new kitten can be both an exciting and a trying experience; this is true regardless of whether you want to give it a home or you discovered one on your doorstep this morning. Kittens are adorable, fluffy, and a lot of fun to watch, but they are still young animals, and like other young animals, they have certain requirements. Bringing your new kitten home may be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you if you are well-informed and well-prepared.
YOUR KITTEN’S BASIC NEEDS
The most important things for your new pet are food, water, and a litter box. Because kittens require higher quantities of protein than adult cats do, they will spend their first year eating food that is specifically developed for kittens. To provide your pet with water, just search through your kitchen cabinets for a shallow dish of an appropriate size. If you do not have access to a local pet store, try looking for one online. The next thing that your cat will want is a litter box; a small one is recommended as a starting point. It is also strongly recommended that you steer clear of clumping kitty litter since it is meant to form a solid mass when it is ingested and it is possible for kittens to consume it through licking or other means. Unfortuitously, there have been cases of kittens eating clumping cat litter and developing symptoms such as vomiting a yellow frothy fluid, experiencing diarrhoea, and even passing away as a result. Look for cat litter composed of clay that does not clump or that is biodegradable, such as that which is created from recycled newspapers, maize, or wheat. There is a possibility that your neighbourhood pet store also has additional organic options to choose from. If all else fails, you might shred some unprinted newspaper and offer it to your cat to use as litter. Most kittens have an innate understanding of what to do when presented with a litter box that is full with litter.
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CAT IS COMPLETELY SATISFIED.
Another lovely thing to provide for your new cat is a warm and plush bed; you may make one yourself or purchase one from a store. Kittens absolutely adore being confined in spaces such as baskets and boxes. Include a comfortable object from their previous house in order to make the transition easier for them. You will most likely find out that their preferred spot is resting on a garment of yours that already carries your smell. Cats were formerly part of a pride and enjoy laying with other cats; thus, if you wear anything that has your fragrance on it, it will help them feel as though they are part of a group when they lie down. This is of the utmost significance for a young cat that has recently been separated from its littermates and parents.
Toys and a scratching post are not requirements, but I highly recommend getting them if you want to keep the drapes, couch, and legs in good condition. Kittens are extremely inquisitive and have a lot of energy to burn; at the same time, they are developing their abilities in climbing and hunting. If you provide your kitten appropriate places to investigate and play, there will be less of a possibility that it may destroy your belongings or damage itself in the process of exploring. Toys like furry mice provide them with something to chase, catch, and take about with them. Toys that encourage interaction will both keep them occupied and, one would hope, eventually tyre them out. An acceptable area to scratch can be provided by a scratching post, regardless of whether it is manufactured or purchased. Praise them whenever they scratch in the appropriate area, since this may help them develop healthy scratching habits in the long run.
A SECURE ENVIRONMENT FOR KITTY
The next essential item that you must provide for your new cat is a secure hiding spot for them to use. This is of utmost significance when there are infants or small children present in the home. This might be a bathroom, a tiny bedroom, or even a walk-in closet. Your new kitten will have the sense of security it needs to feel safe while it is adjusting to its new environment thanks to this.
KITTEN-PROOF YOUR HOME
Keep in mind that kittens are similar to young children in that they like discovering new things and frequently get into things that might endanger them. Make sure that there are no lengthy electrical cables in your home that your kitten might potentially get tangled up in. This is an important step in kitten-proofing your home. Keep the lid of the toilet down to prevent a little kitten from falling in and becoming trapped; if it does fall in, it may not be able to get out on its own. Also, make sure they don’t gnaw on any electrical cables. Do not abandon any little things, such as shattered balloons or game pieces, lying about the area. You should also put away any valuable antiques for a while, at least until your new kitty gets used to the house and figures out the ground rules. Also, make sure that you lock the cords for your mini blinds and houseplants, since your cat might become entangled in any of these and die as a result. Some houseplants may even be toxic.
LOVE AND PATIENCE ARE REQUIRED
You and your new cat can relax and get to know one another now that everything is set up. Remember to take your new puppy or kitten to the veterinarian as quickly as you can so that he or she may get their immunizations as soon as possible since today is an exciting day for everyone because there are so many new things to see and do. One of the first things you will need to do is teach your kitten where their bed and litter box are located, as well as transport them to the secure area where they will be protected. After that, you should allow them some time to look about and get used to their new environment. When young children are interacting with the cat, you should be sure to keep a careful eye on them. In order to ensure both their own and the kitten’s safety, instruct them on the correct way to hold and pet the kitten. You and your children run the risk of getting scratched rather frequently in the beginning since kittens have very sharp claws and have not yet learned appropriate etiquette. Be sure to cleanse any scratches with soap and water, and apply antibiotic cream or first aid cream to them as soon as possible. It is important for children to learn when it is OK to leave the kitten alone, such as while it is feeding or sleeping.