Getting a new kitten is exciting. It can also often be overwhelming for both you and your kitten. Here are some tips to help everyone adjust.
Before you bring your kitten home, it’s important to create an environment that is comfortable and encourages the kitten to socialise.
In order to keep your home safe for your new kitten, make sure your kitten is protected from possible household accidents by covering electrical wires, blocking unused outlets and limiting access to balconies and decks. Be sure that any pesticides, household cleaners and other poisonous substances are out of reach.
Finally, make sure to ask your veterinarian about what kinds of plants may be poisonous to your kitten, and remove any that may be present in your home. For additional information about which plants are poisonous to your pet, visit The Pet Poison Helpline.
It’s important to take your new kitten for an initial check-up with a veterinarian shortly after you bring your kitten home. We recommend carefully selecting a veterinarian and making an appointment for your kitten in advance of bringing him or her home.
Here are some tips for selecting a veterinarian:
If you are interested in finding a veterinarian near you, visit our Veterinarian Locator.
A few basic supplies can make a big difference when it comes to helping your new kitten adjust to your home:
If you are interested in finding a pet specialty store new you, visit our Retailer Locator.
Introducing your kitten to a new environment can be stressful not only to your kitten, but to children and other pets in the household as well. Doing it properly is a very important stage in the successful acclimatisation of your kitten to his or her new home.
Section out a small area for your kitten and allow gradual familiarisation with your home.
Here are some tips if you have other pets in your household:
Though adult cats typically have no problem getting away from children if need be, kittens are more vulnerable. Children in your home should be taught to handle your new kitten with care. Make sure they understand that your new kitten needs lots of sleep and not to wake him/her just to cuddle or play. It’s best not to allow very young children to play with your kitten when you are not present. Your supervision will ensure the safety of your children and your kitten.
The essentials of your kitten’s education take place during the first six months of life. In fact, most behaviours are set by the age of three months.
Kittens typically learn in two different ways – by imitating their mothers’ actions and by experimenting on their own. When caring for your kitten, remember you can facilitate your kitten’s learning process by keeping a few things in mind:
Download our Kitten Guide to learn about the essentials for giving your kitten a good start in life, including information on care, nutrition, training and overall health.