How to prepare your home for a kitten
You have decided to bring a kitten into your home, how wonderful! But, before bringing a kitten into your home, there are a few things you need to consider. Luckily, we have made a list for you to make this process easier.
Make your surroundings safe
Kittens are very inquisitive and will want to take a good look around their new home. Think about chemicals and cleaning products you might have in the house and make sure they are out of kitty’s reach.
The same goes for things you may have lying around that they might chew or ingest such as hair ties, cords, or objects that might easily fall on them while playing. Make sure the plants you have in your home are safe too, as some are toxic to cats and kittens.
Provide a hiding space
A cardboard box leaning off some furniture is as simple as you need. Cats enjoy hiding and their ‘me’ time, so providing a quiet, safe space for them to relax is essential for their wellbeing. If you have children, encourage them not to disturb their kitten while it has ‘a little nap’!
- A comfortable bed
- Food bowl and water bowl
- Food: our grain free mousse is 100% natural with added Taurine for healthy heart function and vision
- Scratching post: scratching is a natural behaviour that should not be discouraged. But you should encourage them to use a post instead of your furniture!
- Litter tray & litter: uncovered and away from their food and water
- Brush for grooming
- Toys for boredom busting and mental stimulation
- Cat carrier: ventilated and sturdy for trips to the vet, but also their first trip home!
Company for kitty
It is important to note that this is a new surrounding for them, and it will take a while to get used to being in their new home. It is recommended that the kitten is not left alone for the first week and then gradually let them have their independence. Kittens under 4 months old should not be left alone for more than a couple of hours.
Meeting the family
If you have children, make sure to gently introduce them to their new family member. Before bringing the kitten to your home, discuss with your children about the kitten’s needs (quiet time, gentle play and cuddles) and supervise their interactions with your new cat.
For other furry family members, make sure that a new, separate space is made for your kitten to retreat to. Before bringing them into the house, it is a good idea to bring their scent in for your other animals to get used to via a piece or their bedding they have been on and vice versa for your kitten to get used to their new home and furry family members.