How to help your new kitten settle in your home

Bringing an adorable little kitten home fills our heart with love, doesn’t it? But for kittens, it is a horrifying experience as it takes time for them to get out of their shell. Some kittens are naturally friendly and social, while some are shy. Therefore, judge the personality of your kitten before taking any step.

The first few weeks of kittens are extremely crucial. They need plenty of time to make themselves cozy. Here are some tips to make your kitten comfortable:

Essential items

Prepare a list of items that are essential for a little kitten. These items solely depend on the type and breed of your cat. Always consult your vet before getting anything. For example, some grooming items have the potential to hurt certain kinds of breeds. Therefore, do your research before getting a new kitten. Buy these items before bringing your kitty home because you would need them as soon as your kitten steps in your house. Here are some items you might need:

  • Food
  • Cat carrier
  • Food and water bowls
  • Grooming supplies
  • Litter box
  • Toys
  • Scratching posts
  • Cat identification collar and tags
  • Bed

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Brining home

The journey to home should be well-prepared. You should have a comfortable and airy cat carrier in your car. Take only one person with you to comfort the cat. Do not take a bunch of people or other pets as it would scare the kitten. Use the calming spray in their carrier and place the carrier somewhere flat. Make sure the person you bring along sits with the cat. Drive slowly and calmly. Head straight towards home after picking up your new kitty.

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Safe Haven

Cat carriers are a haven for new kittens. They feel secure there. Therefore, after brining the kitty home, don’t force it to come out of the carrier. Leave the door open and let it come out on its own will. Kittens take time to come out. Hence, don’t force or push your kitten. Keep the carrier at a place safe from children and other animals.

Let them sleep

Adult cats spend 12 to 16 hours a day sleeping. But kittens require more sleep. Therefore, as soon as you get your kitten home, let it sleep. Some kittens wouldn’t get out of their carrier for days; thus, set up comfortable bedding within the carrier. If your kitty gets out, then show it to its new bed. Try to keep its bed in a calmer, quieter, and cleaner place. Do not let anyone disturb the kitten while it’s sleeping.

Feeding your kitten

Feeding your kitten could be a challenge. Consult your vet before feeding it anything. Vets usually prefer wet food to dry food. Some vets advise giving mixed food to a kitten. Therefore, do your search before feeding your kitty. Some cats lose their appetite when they are stressed. Hence, if your newcomer isn’t eating well, then don’t worry. It will start eating once it settles in.

Taking out

Kittens aren’t happy in new situations or circumstances. Therefore, taking your kitten out before it settles in could easily exhaust your little fellow. Let your cat stay in for a few weeks and let your cat know you. Once the cat is comfortable with everything and everyone in the home, then take it out. Kittens get scared of the outside world because of their tiny existence. Hence, first, let it roam around the house and explore everything within the house. Then start taking it out around your house for a few minutes. Increase the minutes slowly. Take your kitty to a park or public place when it is confident in roaming freely near your house.

Other pets

The first interaction of your kitty with other pets in the house should be adequately planned. Kittens are generally timid. Therefore, it would be a terrible idea to introduce your kitty to the pets immediately. Wait for a few days. Let it first get comfortable with you. It should be attached enough to come to you when scared or lonely. Then arrange the first meeting. The meeting should be highly supervised. You need to be vigilant when your pets are interacting. Make sure all of them have their leashes on. Try to make them meet during mealtime first. Once they are a little friendly with one another, then convert the meetings to play sessions. Make sure that each pet has its toys. Shared toys could initiate a fight. Be present in all of the initial play sessions, even if your pets are friendly. Keep them at separate places in the house until they fully accept one another.

Use of litter box

Kittens are never potty-trained; therefore, it could be a tough time for you. Stock up on poop bags because your kitten is going to make a mess everywhere. Show your kitten the litter box whenever you feel like your kitten is about to poop. Kittens usually learn this after a few attempts, but they are very conscious about their litter boxes. Hence, keep the litter box clean all the time. Keep it somewhere quiet and private. Also, keep at least two litter boxes in your house if you have one kitten. Place them at two different corners of the house. Be patient during this phase, as this process is a bit difficult for kittens as well.

Conclusion

Helping your tiny kitten to settle in is a tough job. But once it gets settled in, you will have a lovely journey. Moreover, your attitude matters the most. You have to stay positive and patient. Keep appreciating your kitten whenever it learns something or starts to come out of its shell. Tolerate if it does anything annoying. Kittens are usually shy, terrified, and scared at a new place. Hence, you have to make the new place a home for them. Don’t push your kitten. Every cat has its personality and takes time accordingly. Therefore, let your kitty take as much time as it wants. Just keep appreciating and loving your little fellow, and it wouldn’t feel like a burden.

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