Everyone that has ever brought home a new kitten knows the joy that that brings. However, it is not all sunshine and rainbows, it can be a struggle to get your kitten used to its new home. Luckily there are steps that you can follow to make this experience both easier for you and your new kitten.
Before you even bring your bundle of joy home, make sure your home is safe for your new furry friend. The best way to do this is to just walk through every room in your house in search of anything that may be harmful to your kitten. Some hazardous things to keep in mind are bathroom and kitchen supplies, anything sharp such as sewing supplies and cooking utensils, electric cords and anything small that your kitten could ingest.
The next step is to set up a room for your kitten, it is best to keep your kitten to their own room when you first bring them home so that they are not too overwhelmed by their new surroundings, a quiet room such as a spare room can work for this. Make sure to set up food and water bowls, toys, a scratching post and a litter box in this room before your kitten arrives.
When it comes to the day where you will bring your new kitten home make sure to bring your new kitten home in a cat carrier. When you get home place the carrier in the room and open the door. Do not forcibly pull the kitten out, wait until it is comfortable to come out at its own pace. When it does exit make sure it knows where its food, water and litter box is.
When you first bring the kitten home, leave it in the room you have fixed up for it, keep the room closed off and let it explore that area first. The only time you should interrupt your kitten is to place it in the litter box every couple of hours until it uses it.
Once your kitten is used to both its new room and you, you will be able to let it explore the rest of the house. Let your kitten explore the house by itself, however make sure to keep an eye on it just in case it finds itself in a hazardous situation.
Hopefully these steps help your kitten adjust, and hopefully you can both enjoy a long and happy relationship together.
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