Taking Care of Cats - How to Get Your Home Ready for Kittens

Taking Care of Cats - How to Get Your Home Ready for Kittens

 First of all, congratulations!  You have begun a journey that you won't regret.  This companion is sure to 

Congratulations! You have just begun a relationship that’s bound to be filled with fun and affection. By starting off on the right foot, you can cut short that rocky adjustment period most new relationships go through.

  • Go slowly at first. A new cat may need seven to fourteen days to relax into her new environment. Save meet-and-greets with friends, neighbors and relatives until the cat is eating and eliminating on a normal schedule.

  • Offer her a safe place to hide while she gets her bearings. She’ll appreciate the chance to observe her new family’s routine from a small, dark space or one high above the action.

  • Bring your new feline to a caring veterinarian for a wellness exam within one week after adoption.

  • Provide the same diet she had at the shelter at least for the first week or two. If you wish to switch to a different flavor or brand, slowly make the switch over one to two weeks, starting with a quarter ration of the new food mixed into the old favorite. From there, up the ratio of new to old about 10% each day.

  • Set up a litter box in a quiet, low-traffic area. Unsure of what litter to use? The majority of cats prefer fine grain clumping litter. Try that first unless the new adoptee is so young that she is in the litter-eating stage. Non-clumping litter is recommended for kittens under ten weeks of age.

  • Cats must scratch, so make sure to provide yours with a sturdy, rough-textured scratching post to save wear and tear on furniture. Cat manicures every ten to fourteen days also help reduce damage.

  • Cat-proof your home before giving your new feline run of the house. Put away harsh cleaning products, human medications and household poisons. Re-home any poisonous houseplants. And if the newcomer is a kitten, lock away any breakables and remember to keep the toilet lid down.

  • Once settled in, a young cat or kitten will be eager to play. Stock up on interactive toys such as feather wands and kitty fishing poles to engage attention and direct energies toward a positive pursuit.

  • Ready a comfortable cat perch on a sunny window sill – if it overlooks the birdfeeder, all the better!Observing live birds and squirrels beats out kitty videos any day.

Having a new kitten in the house is a bit like having a new baby - exciting, heart-warming, and a little tiring at times. They are curious about everything, interested in exploring every inch of the house and a little bit of a liability. So it pays to kitten-proof the house first and here are some tips.


Kittens and puppies have an amazing ability to get into everything and kittens have their small size to make them even more mischievous. Up the chimney, into a hole in the floorboards, into a disused pipe, all of these are real stories of where kittens have found themselves stuck. So kitten proofing starts with looking for all those little crevices that kittens can jam into - plug those holes to stop the them squeezing in, pop a grate over the fireplace to stop adventures up the chimney and make sure doors shut.

Look at the items lying around the house as well. Kittens might easily grab a razor, kitchen cleaning products, scissors, needles and even pens and cause themselves a serious injury. Check that the house plants they can access are safe too because some plants are toxic to cats. Make sure electrical wires are covered and cords are out of reach.

Happy kittens

Once the safety aspect has been covered, you can look at a fun area - what items will your new arrival want to help them settle into their new home. The breed of the kitten may give you some guidance, though there are no hard and fast rules. Some kittens are relaxed and adaptable while others are uptight and nervous. So be ready for all variations.

Hiding places are vital for a new kitten as this allows them to feel safe and study their new environment. This can be anything from under or behind the sofa to a cardboard box with a hole in or even a cat cube. Even a pile of blankets in a corner can allow them to feel hidden and safe. Make them a spot in the quietest part of the house where their food, water and cat bed is to allow them to retreat there when they get scared and even put a little box nearby to help stop accidents.


Here is a checklist of the items you will need before your new arrival reaches you to ensure they are happy and feel at home:

  • Litter box and litter - try to use something similar to what they are familiar with to allow easy adaption to their new equipment. Make sure the sides aren't too high that they can't get in.
  • Food and water bowls - small ceramics bowls are a good idea for kittens while plastic ones also work. Stainless steel may intimidate nervous cats due to the reflective surface. You can try them with a water fountain that automatically issues them fresh water as long as they don't get too nervous of the noise
  • Toys - keeping your kitten occupied and using toys to bond with them is very important and also helps their mental and physical development
  • Bed - some kittens won't use a cat bed but it is best to offer one in case they do.
  • Depending on your tastes, other essentials can include a collar, a leash to walk outside, training aids to help keep them off the furniture and scratching posts and other cat furniture.

For more information about having a kitten, their health and well being as well as keeping them occupied, please see my articles at http://www.thebestcatlitterbox.com/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Angela_Tempest/1824822

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