How To Prepare Your Home For a New Kitten
Cats will settle into a new location more easily, if the home has been prepared in advance. Indoor cats need to feel safe and comfortable. You will be responsible for the care of this wonderful animal for the rest of its life. Spend a little time to ensure that your home is ready and you will be rewarded with affection and companionship for many years.
Provide a Safe Environment
Some houseplants, such as azalea and poinsettia, are poisonous to cats. Keen indoor gardeners may wish to keep their plant collection in a room where the cat is denied access. Older cats can be encouraged to keep away from house plants; however, kittens are curious and may chew on leaves.
Electrical cords need to be kept away from an inquisitive kitten, as kittens love to chew. Avoid danger and unplug your appliances, unless you are using them.
Windows should be screened as kittens are capable of squeezing through the smallest holes. There are commercial cages that can be attached to your home, via a window or a door. These allow your pet more freedom to explore the outdoors, while still remaining safely enclosed.
Keep sewing, knitting, and other small craft materials safely packed away, or your kitten will play with and destroy them. A kitten could also ingest small materials.
Feeding Your Kitten
You can chose from plastic, ceramic, and metal bowls, or simply use household crockery. A shallow bowl is best because the cat’s whiskers will not get in the way whilst he is eating. A separate water bowl is essential, as the cat should have a regular drinking supply at all times.
Ask the breeder for a list of your kitten’s feeding times and purchase the type of food he is accustomed to. You can always change feeding times and food types once your kitten has settled into his new home.
Set Up a Litter Tray
You will need to provide your kitten with a litter tray. A tray with a top will minimize the amount of litter that can be spilt and also help control odour. Clumping litter is easiest to keep clean and sweet smelling, as you can remove the soiled litter that has formed into clumps, by using a scoop
Buy the same brand or style of litter that your kitten has been trained to use and have the litter tray ready to use when you bring your pet home.
Place your litter tray in a secluded spot, as cats prefer privacy. Keep the litter tray well away from the kitchen. An indoor cat’s food and water bowls should not be placed near the litter tray.
Scratching Post and Other Toys
For an indoor cat a scratching post is essential. Without a scratching post, your new kitten may scratch your furniture. The scratching post allows your kitten a method of keeping his claws trim, as well as providing him with a fun way to exercise.
There are many small toys you can buy to amuse your new kitten. Make sure these toys are safe to use and that there are no small parts that can easily be broken or swallowed. Kittens are content with simple home-made toys and will play happily with a crumpled piece of paper.
Provide a Comfortable Carrying Basket
You will require a carrying basket to bring your kitten home. Place a small blanket or towel in the bottom of the basket for your kitten’s comfort. The carrying basket will be needed when you take your kitten to the veterinary surgeon for his check-ups and vaccinations. Choose a carrying basket that is easy to clean, well ventilated, and has a top-opening lid for easy access to your kitten.
The Kitten’s Bed
There are many comfortable beds you can purchase for your pet. Choose one that is easily laundered. Buy a small size as your kitten will like to curl up inside.
Although short-haired cats need less grooming then long-haired cats, both varieties require the basic grooming tools. You will need a brush, a fine toothed flea comb and nail-clippers to groom your kitten.
Now, you have checked your home to ensure a safe living space for your kitten and have purchased the equipment necessary for him to be comfortable and entertained. All you need to do now is to bring your kitten home. It will be a big adjustment for your new pet. Organise your routine to spend a few days at home with him and help him settle in. You can look forward to many happy years with your new pet.