Kittens are tiny balls of fluffy energy, but they do need to be cared for correctly. Introducing a new cat into your family can be a stressful process. You want to do it right but you don’t know how. This guide will show you the basics of how to introduce a new cat into your home and help keep them from being too scared and lonely.
· The First Few Days
When you first get your kitten home, don’t show him or her the whole house right away. Instead, let them get used to one room and let them explore the room freely. This way they can learn to walk around without fear of something new popping up every time they turn their head.
If you have other pets in your family, then be sure that they are all actually inside of their own rooms when you bring your kitten home so that there is no unnecessary drama. Then, after a little while, transition them into exploring the rest of the house.
· Keep Cats Safe At Home
When you bring your kitten home, you want to make sure they are able to use all of the furniture in the house comfortably. This means that they need to be able to climb. If they can’t climb, then they will most likely hide under furniture or try and hide in small spaces.
Be sure that your kitten is comfortable on their perch and that they have at least a day or two to get used to sitting on their perch before bringing them into other rooms.
Before you bring your new kitten home, you should also get to know your local vet and make sure you’ve learned all about how to care for your kitten in order to keep them safe in the home.
Your local vet will be able to help answer any queries you have and they will help you keep your kitten healthy throughout their lives. Check out easyvet.com to find a local vet near you.
· Introducing Your Kitten To Other Pets
Once your kitten has gotten used to sitting on their own perch and feeling safe in the rest of the house, it’s time for introductions to other family pets.
Let your pets get used to each other before bringing your kitten into the room. In some cases, it can be beneficial to let them meet in a neutral place (such as a patio, or in the hallway) and introduce them there.
Be sure to keep them safe and separated as much as possible and don’t hurry things along. Just make sure that they are both already feeling comfortable with one another before introducing them.
When you bring your kitten into the room, allow them their own time to explore the room. If there is a new pet in the house that isn’t yet used to cats, then be prepared for her (or him) to be nervous or skittish.
· Feeding Your New Kitten
Be sure to start your kitten on good quality food and make sure they have enough food to eat throughout the day.
Kittens need a level of adult cat food in their diet if they are going to be healthy and happy.