You’ve fallen in love with a kitten at your local animal shelter and have been approved to adopt her. Congratulations! Whether this is your first kitten or an addition to your furry family, kittens need special care. Follow these tips from thesprucepets.com to prepare your home for your new kitten.
Get the Right Supplies
If you already have cats at home, you may have some of the things you need for your kitten already. You’ll need a litter box with low sides, cat litter,, pet nail clippers, at least one scratching post, cat toys without small parts or string, food and water bowls, and a comfortable bed or soft blanket for your kitten to sleep on. Kittens have different nutritional needs than adult cats, so you’ll also need canned and dry food specifically formulated for kittens. Purchase a new carrier for your kitten to use for traveling; a current or old pet’s carrier will smell like him and may cause your kitten undue stress. Your kitten also needs a breakaway collar and ID tag. Beginning a teeth-brushing routine in kittenhood is best, so you’ll want to purchase a toothbrush and cat toothpaste.
Set all of these things up in a small room in your home. This room will serve as your kitten’s safe room. He will spend his first few days in this room to help him get comfortable in his new home. Cats don’t like eating or drinking next to the litter box, so put the litter box on one side of the room and the food and water bowls on the other side.
Your kitten should be examined by a veterinarian before you allow her to interact with other pets in the home. Your kitten should be checked and treated for parasites, receive vaccinations, be tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, and get microchipped. Most animal shelters and rescues take care of most of these things before putting kittens up for adoption, but if the animal shelter you adopt from doesn’t, it’s your responsibility to take your kitten to a veterinarian to have them done. Kittens should be spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old to avoid behavioral problems, reduce pet overpopulation, and to reduce or eliminate the risk of developing certain medical problems in the future.
Make Him Feel Comfortable
Check to see if the animal shelter will allow you to take home something your kitten has been sleeping on, such as a towel or a blanket. Offer to bring the shelter a towel for your kitten to sleep on that you can take home with you. Your kitten will adjust to his new home better if he has something familiar that smells like him in his safe room. If you get your kitten a new bed, place the towel in the bed for him. Try to use the same litter and food your kitten was using at his shelter as well.
Kitten-Proof Your Home
It’s important to kitten-proof your home before you bring your new furry friend home. Get down on your hands and knees, and pick up all the small objects on your floors that could cause harm to your kitten if she ingests them. Some items you want to keep off your floors include twist ties, string, ribbons, rubber bands, hair ties, sewing supplies, any small children’s toys, doll clothes and accessories, plastic bags, and board game pieces.
It’s common for kittens to chew on electrical cords. Tape down all the electrical cords you can’t put out of your kitten’s reach. Alternatively, spray all of your electrical cords regularly with Bitter Apple.
Ensure that all of the plants in your home are safe for cats to chew on or ingest. There are numerous plants that are toxic to cats and will make them very sick if they ingest them. Keep the lid to your toilet closed, as curious kittens can fall in and drown.
Bringing a new kitten home is very exciting. Using these tips, you’ll be able to keep your kitten safe and help her adjust well to her new home.