The Best Way to Introduce Your New Kitten or Cat to Your Home
Adding a new kitten or cat to your home can be a very rewarding or a very frustrating experience. It all depends upon how well you plan ahead for the new me m ber of your family.
Before you bring your new kitten home be certain you have:
Purchased the same type of food the kitten is used to eating so you won’t upset its stomach by changing diet suddenly. If you don’t have the right food at home, ask the breeder for a small bag of food to last you for a day until you can buy some of the same kind.
Have a clean litter box ready.
Have good quality food and water bowls ready.
Have a cosy, soft bed.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
HAVE A QUIET SMALL ROOM SET ASIDE FOR KITTEN TO STAY IN UNTIL HE/SHE BECOMES COMFORTABLE WITH YOU AND IS EATING WELL.
WHY A SMALL ROOM?
Well, imagine that you have always lived in the same place and have NEVER left there. You know your littermates, your mother, and your people. You also know exactly where to find your food, fresh water and your litter box.
NOW, imagine strange people come and take you away from everything you have ever known and drop you into the middle of a big strange house. Wouldn’t you be a little afraid? Sure!! Would you automatically know where to find your food and water AND your litter box? Of course not!! You might run and hide under the furniture or in a dangerous location like behind the refrigerator. Then the new people yell for you to get out from under the couch and reach for you and drag you out. You might get scared and scratch them.
NOW imagine being placed in a small quiet room with food you are used to, fresh water and a litter box all easy to find. You are given time to quietly explore your new space. And you soon see that these new people mean you no harm, because every time they come and see you they sit quietly and talk to you sweetly and pet you. In a day,
maybe even less, you are ready for them to leave the door open so you can start to explore the rest of the house at your own pace.
PLEASE, set-up a small room, an extra bathroom works best for your new kitten cat. Remove anything that could hurt the kitten: bars of soap, glass jar, razors etc and be sure to close the toilet lid!
If you kitten cries when left alone and comes running to you when you come to visit, it is ready to be allowed to explore the rest of the house.
IF YOU HAVE OTHER CATS AND/OR DOGS,
You will also need to plan for a slow introduction of your new kitten. PLEASE keep your new kitten away from all of your other pets for at least a week. This gives the kitten a chance to be eating well and become confident with you. It also allows your other pets to begin to get used to the smell of the new kitten. Your other pets will sniff around the door of the room housing your new kitten and you will have its scent on your clothes.
DO NOT force the animals together. Do your best to monitor their interactions. If things get too rough, separate the kitten back into its room. Do not leave your new kitten alone with other pets until you are absolutely sure that they will get along. Don’t leave a small kitten alone with even the sweetest big dog. Accidents can and will happen. When you leave the house, put the kitten back in its room.
IF YOU FOLLOW THESE FEW SIMPLE RULES, YOU WILL FIND BRINGING A NEW KITTEN INTO YOUR HOME WILL GO EASILY AND SAFELY.
So, to sum it up, here is a list of do's and don'ts
• Do - Be calm and quiet when you bring your kitten into your home.
• Do - Place the carrier on the floor and let your kitten come out on his/her own.
• Do - Encourage your kitten to come out of the carrier for the first time by gently coaxing him/her out with a feather teaser-toy.
• Do - Keep your kitten in a small room when he or she first arrives. A small area is kitten-size. It will help him or her to more readily "get the lay of the land." After a day or two, allow him/her a little more run of the house.Too much run of the house at once can cause them to lose their litter tray.
• Do - Sit or lie on the floor at your kitten's level to play and socialise.
• Do - Place your kitten in the litter box several times during the first few of days after arrival.
• Do - It is a good idea to have more than one litter tray and they are best placed in corners. Do NOT use hooded litter trays, liners or different litter other than wood pellet to start. Always put litter trays back in the same place. A room with a solid floor is best to start.
• Do - Introduce your kitten slowly to other pets. If the kitten is exposed to other pets before a bond is formed with it's human family, it is possible that the kitten will to bond as closely with your family.
• Do - Make sure your kitten knows where his or her food and water is kept and check to see he/she is eating and drinking enough.
• Do - A 30 minute timeout in a small room, such as a bathroom, may be required several times a day to force your kitten to stop playing long enough to eat and drink.
• Use a pelletted litter, such as wood pellets for the first few weeks after getting your kitten home. This is what we use and what the kittens are used to. It will not harm them if they ingest some of it.
• Do Not
• Do Not - Give your kitten full run of the house immediately.
• Do Not - Move the litter box for the first couple of weeks: it will confuse your kitten. When/if you find it necessary to move it, place your kitten in it several times to establish its location. Nor use hooded litter trays or liners.
• Do Not - Introduce too many people to your kitten at first. It can overwhelm your baby. After he/she is comfortable and confident in your home, gradually introduce new people.
• Do Not - Take your kitten outside, even on a harness, until your kitten has had all of his or her vaccinations.
SO PLEASE CONSIDER FOLLOWING THESE IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS
I feed my cats Whiskas in jelly and Royal Canin kitten 36 dried food, along with just water to drink and we also use raw mince (we use purrform :- http://www.purrform.co.uk/). It is the Minced raw farmed rabbit meat and bone with Ox heart complete diet. We them the double minced. The kittens have 2 meals of Whiskas a day (1/2 pouch in the morning and 1/2 at night), along with a bowl of dried food and water down all the time.
I also feed my cats occasional treats of cooked chicken or tinned tuna. Whiskas kitten in jelly can be purchased from your local supermarket, Royal Canin kitten 36 dried food can be purchased from most pet shops or the internet.
Kittens cannot tolerate lactose so you are advised not to give them cows/goats milk, please do not allow your kitten to eat dog food or table scraps. These foods will upset their digestive system and can cause diahorrea. It is recommended that you feed your kitten the same diet that it is used to but you can change it and if you wish to do so please do it gradually to avoid upsetting their digestive systems.
Your kitten has been wormed at 5, 8 and 12 weeks of age using Panacur paste. It is recommended that you worm your kitten at least every 3 months as a preventative measure.
Your kitten has been fully vaccinated (except leukemia). Annual vaccinations are recommended.
Kittens come with 4 weeks free Pet Plan insurance. It is highly recommended that you try to continue the insurance without a break, to cover any unforeseen medical problems for your own peace of mind. Veterinary bills can be very expensive.
Your kitten has been litter trained and is used to the litter that you receive in the kitten pack. This can be purchased in pet shops or supermarkets. When you take your kitten home for the first time, you are advised to restrict him/her to the one room with a litter box and his/her food until he/she becomes orientated to the environment. When the kitten is allowed the freedom of the house it is very important to provide enough litter boxes placed in various
locations around the house to avoid accidents. Kittens have a keen sense of smell and once an area is soiled they will usually return to it. He/she has been used to having several litter boxes to choose from and knew exactly where they were, they will need time to learn where their new litter boxes are in their new homes. It is also best not to move them around as the kitten may become confused.
TOYS AND PLAYING
Your kitten will need lots of toys to keep it occupied. Try not to buy toys with bits that come loose and can be swallowed. Avoid playing with cotton thread and wool if the kitten is unsupervised as these can be easily swallowed and can cause serious problems.
Kittens love compost/peat and soil around houseplants, to avoid the use of these as litter boxes a good deterrent is to cover the exposed soil with large decorative pebbles. Be advised that some houseplants if eaten or chewed are poisonous to animals. Also be aware of household detergents. These can be harmful to animals if ingested.
He/she will love to explore and get into things. Please ensure your home is kitten friendly. Plug up all the small holes that they can get into and under (behind the fridge/freezer, under the kitchen cabinets, up the chimney). Kittens- especially Bengals, are very playful and energetic, please remove any ornaments, plants etc that you may be worried about. Also beware of kittens lurking on the stairs and underfoot. Always shut the bathroom door and make sure the toilet lid is down. Bengal kittens love water and might be tempted to take a swim, it has been known for kittens to drown in the toilet.
Scratch posts and climbing frames are wonderful for cats and kittens to play on, they may save your furniture and your wallpaper. Keeping nails clipped short will help prevent scratches to yourself and your possessions.
You should be mindful that the stress of re-homing the kitten may result in temporary signs of illness which may include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, diahorrea, and/or constipation. To help reduce signs of stress, you should try to feed the kitten the identical food as the breeder has, slowly introduce the cat/kitten to the house and to other
members of the household, as well as limiting the time the kitten maybe with strangers, children or other animals.
I hope that this advice sheet will be of help to you and that you and your kitten will have a long and happy life together. Please contact me if you need any further help or advice.
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