Taking in a kitten can provide you and your feline with an opportunity to bond and learn from one another, though it may also come with some challenges.
Besides being trained to use a litter box, your new kitten will also need vaccinations and a healthy diet to stay safe and happy.
Here are some basic steps that will help you raise a kitten so that it can thrive in a secure and nurturing environment.
Choosing a New Kitten
Choosing the right kitten for you can be a big decision, as it will determine how well you will raise it and how it will adapt to life in your home.
Although a friendly kitten can initially become an outgoing adult cat, more timid felines can develop into confident adults through proper socialization.
Kitten-Proof Your Home
Before you bring home a new kitten:
- Make sure that your home is secure. This includes keeping all of the small items out of the way, such as poisonous plants and insect traps.
- Close the toilet seat lid and the kitchen cabinets.
- In order to prevent your feline from getting stuck, block various small spaces around the house.
Cover the Basics
Young cats require a safe environment to feel at ease. This can be achieved by enclosing them in a cardboard box or cat bed.
During their first year, cats need extra calories and protein from kitten-formulated food. You should also ensure that the food you feed them is just for them. Training your feline to use the litter box can begin as soon as you have placed them in the box after eating or sleeping. They’ll be quick learners, so it can be a couple of practice sessions. Having a well-designed litter box can help them avoid getting stuck in the box.
Punishing or punishing a kitten for not using the litter box correctly is never a good idea. You should also provide them with a scratching post to protect their fur and prevent damage to their furniture.
Prepare Your Other Pets
Before bringing a new kitten home, ensure the other pets are in good health. If there is another cat living in the house, it’s essential to know how to introduce them to the new feline.
Puppies must be given blankets or towels that one of them has already used, and they should be allowed to scent each other to establish their connection. Let them run around with their toys, using the same food bowls and litter box while keeping them separated.
Get the First Checkup
You should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible after your feline arrives to let them know it is your new pet. Having a list of questions can also help you during the appointment.
You should also speak with your veterinarian about having your feline spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation and health issues. Although it’s generally recommended for cats to be spaying or neutered at around eight weeks of age, it’s up to you and your veterinarian to decide which is best for the animal.
Provide Comfort While You’re Away
Before you leave, secure the cat in one room and provide them with a litterbox, food, water, and a scratching post. You can also turn on a light or add a nightlight if you are away all evening. Certain sounds can help a cat feel at ease, such as talking radio or light music.
These steps will help you get your kitten used to living in a new home and other new situations. They can develop into confident adult cats by giving them love and support.