Before you bring home your new buddy, we recommend that you have the following items ready:
A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow) or ribbons or tinsel.
Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.
When kitty comes home, start your cat in a small area or room before giving him/her the run of the house. They adapt much better as they get use to the smells and noises. If you cat wants to hide, let him/her. Give her time to get used to the new surrounding and be patient.
If you have other pets, please read our blog posts on how to integrate them slowly. Throwing pets together almost always ends in disaster for all.
Here are some hints to help your kitten adapt to your home.