New Kitten Tips
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Below are some tips for bringing your new kitten home and helping them settle in:
What do I need to buy?
Before you bring your kitten home make sure you have all the necessary items it will need.
Litter pan & cat litter: There is a wide variety of cat litters on the market these days, some better than others. It is best to avoid clumping cat litter with kittens. Litter trays come in all shapes & sizes such as self- cleaning, covered (or hooded), un-covered. We recommend an unscented clay litter for our kittens such as Johnny Cat, if changing over to another type of litter; you should mix the clay litter with the new litter for a period of time until the kitten adjusts.
Scratching post: cats have a need to scratch & enjoy scratching. Providing your cat with its own scratching post will reduce the chances of your cat using your furniture or carpet.
Food/water bowls: You can buy cheap plastic ones, metal ones, pottery ones, automatic ones & even drinking fountains. Our personal favorites are stainless steel as they can be easily cleaned and won’t leach any toxins as some plastic bowls might.
Cat carrier: For trips to the vet , groomer or in case of an emergency. If your kitten is being shipped you will get one with your kitten.
Cat bed: There is a vast array of cat beds on the market from relatively plain to fancy. A kitten will do just fine with a cardboard box & a soft blanket or a specially made cat bed; you are only limited by your own budget, taste & imagination.
Cat food: A premium quality brand is the best, select one for the appropriate age of your cat, i.e. kitten food variety for kittens. There are many premium brands of food on the market which are especially made for kittens. It is best to stick with the food your kitten has been eating in its previous home. If you want to change to another brand, do so gradually so you don't cause a digestive upset. Never give your kitten cow’s milk as it is not easily digested by cats.
Before the arrival
Not only is it important to kitten proof your home but it is also strongly urged that you check out the list of plants which are toxic & non- toxic to cats, if you have plants which are toxic to cats ensure they are out of reach. There are safe alternatives for your plant to nibble on should the kitten want some greenery. See attached link for list for a list of poisonous plants.
Settling your kitten in
Your kitten may be unsettled for a few days and miss its mother and littermates. So it is up to you to help ease the kitten's transition into your new home.
Once your new kitten arrives home, confine your kitten to one room with a litter tray, food, water and a comfortable bed. A plastic cat carrier with the door propped open works very well for this purpose. Give him/her some time to become familiar with their surroundings. Cats are fastidiously clean animals and it is necessary to make sure the food and water bowls need to be kept as far away from the litter tray as possible. After a few days and when the kitten is well settled, you can gradually increase the area your kitten can explore.
Introducing the kitten to other pets
Let your new kitten settle in before you attempt to introduce it to other pets you have. The introduction needs to be slow and at each of the animal's pace. Some pets will become firm friends almost immediately, however it is common for resident pets to be upset at the arrival of a new pet for a few days. This is completely normal behavior and needs to be met with sensitivity and understanding. The worst thing you can do is rush the situation. We like to introduce a new kitten to other cats while playing with a toy, it distracts each of the animals from being intensely interested in one another and they learn quickly that their new companion is fun.
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