Getting Ready for a New Kitten? A Get-Started Guide: a blog about new pet ownership.
Kitten-proofing your home
While kittens are adorable and playful, their curiosity can get them into trouble! Therefore, it is important to kitten-proof your home as soon as you bring your new fuzzy friend home. To do so:
- Remove any small objects from the floor that your kitten may choke on.
- Move toxic plants out of reach from curious paws and mouths.
- Hide or cover electrical cords with tape or cord protectors to avoid electrocution.
- Close toilet lids and doors to rooms you do not want your kitten in.
Set up the food, water and litterbox stations
- Set up the food, water, and litterbox stations. Where you put these items is up to you, but consider these tips:
- Keep the litterbox in an out-of-the-way spot. Ideally somewhere secluded that your kitten can approach without feeling threatened by other animals or children.
- Keep the food and water stations as convenient as possible for both you and your new kitten. You’ll want them easily accessible if you’re going to be feeding your pet multiple times a day, plus it will help your cat get used to its new home faster if it’s not having to trek all over the house to find its sustenance.
- It’s ideal to keep the food and water stations away from the litterbox, since most cats don’t like their eating spots near their bathroom areas (and no one can blame them).
- A small plastic tray or pan under each station helps keep things tidy until your kitten gets used to its new environment (because who knows what it’ll do at first!).
Create a comfortable sleeping space
Kittens sleep a lot, and it’s important that they have a cozy place to do so. A warm basket or soft bed is ideal, preferably in a secluded spot. Cats often find security in enclosed spaces; you can make your own cat bed by cutting an oval out of two pieces of fabric and stitching them together, leaving an opening to stuff the bed with pillow stuffing or clean scrap fabric. You can also buy a cat bed at any pet store or online retailer.
Once you’ve gotten your kitty accustomed to her new home (see section 1 for more on that), it’s time to introduce her to the bed! If you bought one, show your kitten around the house, letting her explore and sniff everything before placing the bed in an area she seems comfortable in.
If you made one yourself (congratulations on having such excellent skills!), simply allow your kitten some time alone with it, then periodically check back to see how she’s doing and encourage her to lie down if she seems hesitant.
Include some fun toys
There’s nothing quite like the pitter-patter of little paws. If you’re planning to add a new kitten to your family, it’s important to provide plenty of opportunities for them to play and stay happy and healthy.
This is because kittens have an almost insatiable desire to explore their environment, learn more about their surroundings, and pass the time through various forms of entertainment. Toys can help provide this stimulation while also contributing to your kitty’s physical development as they grow into adulthood.
You have a variety of options when it comes to choosing toys for kittens. There are classics like catnip mice and balls, as well as feather toys that stimulate cats’ natural instincts through motion. To encourage younger pets to develop their balance, coordination and motor skills, there are also wobble balls that move around in unpredictable ways when touched by a kitten—and these can be especially fun since cats tend to chase after moving objects in an attempt to investigate what might be causing them to do so! And don’t forget about DIY toys: with just some yarn or ribbon attached at one end of a stick for example (and supervised playtime), many cats will love batting these around all day long!
Getting your home ready in advance will help you have fewer worries and more quality time with your new feline friend.
It is essential to get your home ready before bringing your kitten into his or her new environment. There are many things you can do to make sure your new kitten feels at ease and has everything he or she needs for the transition.
Make sure your kitten has access to food, water and litterbox stations before bringing them home. You will also want to make sure you have a comfortable sleeping space ready for your pet with a nice, soft blanket or bedding.
If you have children, it is important that they understand how to behave around kittens and how much attention they can give them (and when they should not be around the animal). It is important that everyone understands how small kittens are and how easily they can be injured if handled improperly. If you have other pets in the house already, it is especially important that everyone knows how to behave during visits until all of the animals become more familiar with each other, which can take weeks or even months depending on their personalities.