Kittens, Pill tips

Having a kitten join your home and family is a moment of pure joy but is also a responsibility. A cat's life, on average, can span 14 years, and you will be responsible for all of its needs throughout that time. It is crucial to prepare a safe environment and build a stable foundation for your kitten that includes its future health, nutrition, and education. 

Cats are often considered independent, but this doesn't mean they don't need attention. Here are some expert tips on how to successfully welcome a cat into your home. 

When a kitten enters your home for the first time, it is often a delicate situation since everything is new and undiscovered. To have the kitten feel safe, they need a place to hide and observe everything around them while they become confident in their new environment. It can take your kitten a couple of days to explore their new territory and decide that it is safe.  

We advise that you reserve a secluded corner with a bed, food, water, and a litter box for your kitten to use during this adjustment period.  Cats are typically “nap champs,” as they spend about two-thirds of their lives sleeping. If your kitty is asleep, don't wake him up just to cuddle. Let your new kitten sleep so he gets the rest he needs and develops a sense of security. Every effort you make now will be rewarded with love you in the future. 

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In order for a kitten to feel safe when she arrives in her new home, it's a good idea to set up a personal corner with a bed, a place to drink and eat, andperhaps most importantlya litter box with appropriate litter. The kitten will get used to the litter soon. It’s crucial to clean the litter once a day and to change it out at least once a week. Give the kitten the time to adjust to dividing the house into a play zone, a nutrition zone, a cleaning zone and a rest zone.

Never let a kitten sleep on the bare floor as that can be too cold for her. In order for her to rest calmly, it can help to have her sleep close to a clock or something that provides some type of white noise; complete silence can intimidate cats, and the ticking hands can help her feel safe and accompanied.

Cats are often described as independent, lonely animals; however, physical contact is actually very important in the early months of a kitten’s life. In order to create trust, you should hold, pet, and cuddle your kitten. This is a great way to build a long-lasting bond.

Cats are very active, curious animals, so it’s important to keep the kitten occupied inside the house. To prevent your kitten from playing with furniture or valuables, it is necessary to let him have fun in a way suitable for its temperament. Some domestic toys can be helpful, but you need to remember to change them every once in a while to stimulate curiosity in the kitten. PRO TIP: Never use hands as a toy as the kitten may learn to attack them.

Felines are clean animals, and they tend to their own hygiene multiple times each day. It's strongly recommended NOT to wash your kitten with dry shampoo or other chemical detergents which can be harmful; the kitten may lick itself and ingest the chemicals. If you want to help clean the kitten, use a soft cloth mildly moistened with water.

During the first week of cohabitation, it’s recommended to take your new kitten to the veterinarian for a complete visit and vaccinations. This visit can also be an aid in socialization because it allows the kitten to get acclimated to other people and learn how to interact with them.

Nutrition plays a critical role in a kitten's first days in a new home. While it's important to choose high quality food, it is recommended to let your kitten eat the food she's used to at first. To switch from one food to another, proceed in stages and follow your veterinarian’s recommendations. Kittens and adult cats have different nutritional needs; typically, kittens are hungrier and need to eat several times in a day.

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