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 member 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 cozy, soft bed.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
HAVE A QUIET SMALL ROOM SET ASIDE FOR KITTEN TO STAY IN UNTIL IT BECOMES COMFORTABLE WITH YOU AND IS EATTING 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, setup a small room, an extra bathroom works best for your new kitten cat. Remove anything that could hurt the kitten—bars of soap, glass jars, razors – and be sure to close the toilet cover!
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 BRING A NEW KITTEN INTO YOUR HOME WILL GO EASILY AND SAFELY