Now that you’ve decided that you will soon be choosing a kitten or a cat or if you have already chosen the kitten of your dreams, the best time to have things ready and your home prepare for the new arrival, is before you bring it home!
We suggest to everyone who is coming to visit one of our kittens to always have a safe, well-ventilated pet safe carrier, lined with a small cat cushion or towel with you. It is always better to be prepared!
Suggested Shopping list
- Our kittens go home with food so you can wait on this until after you get your new kitten to purchase that.
- Shallow food and water bowls
- Litter tray/pan
- A bag of cat litter (we use clumping cat litter)
- A litter scoop
- Sturdy scratching post
- Kitten grooming comb and brush
- Kitten toys
- Contact details for a local vet. (If you already know when you will be bringing your kitten home, then now is a good time for you to arrange a visit to your local vet, to get your kitten checked and to discuss a vaccination plan and spaying or neutering.)
Home at last
If you have other pets, make sure the vet gives your kitten a full health check before you introduce them to each other.
When you finally do bring your new kitten home for the first time, it will probably be quite nervous for a few days. It will likely meow, calling out for you, whenever it is lost or alone. Don’t worry, this behavior is usually short lived; it is just because everything is new (the sounds, smells, the temperature, the layout, the furnishings and the people) so, it fair to assume that he or she will be apprehensive for a while – it’s perfectly normal!
You can help it feel a bit more settled and secure by confining it to one safe, kitten proofed, warm, quiet room whenever you are not able to be with it, for a while. Make sure it that it has 24-hour access to its’ food, water, a litter pan with litter, a cozy bed (or cat carrier turned into a bed) and a few toys to keep it entertained.
- Try leaving its cat carrier with the door removed, for it to cozy in for the first week or two.
- Just to give it it time to get used to knowing where its litter box is, try not to move the litter pan during the first few weeks.
- As mentioned, our kittens are trained to using a litter box while they are very young. Occasionally, while transitioning to a new home, sometimes there are accidents but by keeping it confined to one room it usually helps with this and will help your kitten adjust to its new home.