Preparing for your New Kitten

kittenFor cat lovers, bringing home your first new kitten or adding to the ones you already have can be very exciting. However, it is necessary that you prepare for the arrival of the new kitten so that both you and your new pal will have a great time together. There are a few things to do to ensure that you are ready to care for a kitten.

  1. Be ready

You need to realize that it might not be an easy process integrating a new kitten into a new home. You have to be ready to do whatever it will take to see that your cat feels safe and secure in your home. Make sure you are ready for the duties that a pet brings, which include cleaning, litter changing, exercise and regular grooming.

  1. Understand Cats

You should understand the basics of cat behavior. They have a wide variety of sounds that they use to communicate with cats and humans alike.  You should know that hissing, howling, purring and meowing are not the only sounds a cat can make. The best way to be prepared is to study up on the sounds and body language of cats before your kitten arrives. The Humane Society has some great tips on understanding your cat.  Be sure to read their great article.

  1. Prepare your home

Get the necessary supplies that a cat will need to feel at home. If you are a first time owner and you have no idea of what you will need, you should ask your vet for assistance. Usually, a cat needs a litter box, food and water bowls, toys, grooming brushes and a good scratching post. The breed of the cat should be considered while purchasing these items. Also, get only healthy cat food; you may want to start with food that the cat is already used to before switching slowly to another type.

  1. Naming and identification

Most cats now have identification microchips implanted in them so they can be found if they get missing. However, the good old name tags on a collar will also work in addition to micro-chipping. Consult your vet if you are unsure of your options. Above all, give your cat a good name – after all, he’ll be stuck with it forever!

  1. Living arrangements

For a new kitten, having enough space in which to get accustomed to a new environment is usually the best way to start out. Place your cat in a room or a part of the house that isn’t frequently used.  Surround him with all the items he will need so that he can feel at home. After he’s comfortable with you and your home, he’ll venture into the common living areas on his own free will.

  1. Introduction

If you have other cats in the house, introduce your new cat to them one by one. It is important to do things slowly so your new kitten doesn’t get scared or overwhelmed. Not only that, this will be safer for the kitten and your older cats.  Cats are creatures of habit and can be territorial too – contrary to popular belief.  Also, make sure you are there to supervise all initial interactions between the kitten and the older cats.

  1. Protection

It is important that you cat proof your home. Keep all items that can be chewed and/or swallowed away from your kitten’s reach. Items like pens, pencils, tissues, toilet paper and small items should be kept safely away. You may also board up some exits that you do not want your kitten to explore. Above all, make sure you take your kitten to your vet for regular examinations. Also, register your cat at an approved clinic.


  1. Asking about microchipping my cat seems like an interesting option. It seems like asking a vet about that option seems like good advice. My cat used to be an outdoor kitty, so she tries to run outside every now and then. Making sure that she has the appropriate identification will help let others know that she belongs to me, so asking about microchipping my cat, along with my other identification options seems like a good idea. Thanks for the tips!

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