When was the last time you had a new kitten brought home? For veteran kitty moms and dads out there, you all know the process too well and are left with fond memories of introducing the newest addition to the glaring. For the first time fur parents to a kitten, however, you may still be in the dark.
Integrating a new kitty at home is exciting. It is fun making all the preparations and soon witnessing how this small life thrives into a full-pledged cat one day. Surely you still need guidance as this may be all new to you. Fret not! Here are 5 things that you must know when bringing a kitten at home:
Sleep and Growing
Cats are known to sleep a lot...and we do mean A WHOLE LOT! An average adult cat sleeps around 12 to 16 hours a day. When you have a kitten at home, you can expect that they spend more time sleeping. Do not panic or give in to the urge of waking them up. This is perfectly normal behavior. Sometimes, even, your kitten might sleep for the rest of the day waking up only to be nursed. This is because growth hormones are released to a baby cat’s body as they sleep.
You will notice how fast they grow up in the first year of existence. Sleeping alone would not help them age beautifully. You would have to pair it with a good diet focusing on protein, fat, and calories. Be careful not to overfeed them, though. The safest way to go about this is to resort to specially formulated food made just for kittens. This is to secure that they are provided with the essential vitamins and minerals that they need.
Adjust To The New House
While it is tempting to pet and cuddle your newly brought home kitten, you need to restrain yourself as it can be stressful to them. Prepare a quiet area in your home where you can place your kitten’s bed and have them adjust slowly and surely in the next few days. You can introduce everyone at home BUT you would have to do it one at a time. Let them learn to come to you and be familiar with your scent and touch.
The moment they get acquainted with their new environment, you will notice a spike in their personality. They can be quite a ball of energy so you need to protect them from any potential dangers at home. Keep small, harmful objects away from their reach. Examples of this are plastic wraps, rubber bands, pins, among others. Be mindful of places where they can be trapped or where they can drown. If you have plants at home, you can also research which can be toxic for them.
Give Them Room to Learn
As new cat parents, you must understand how a kitten learns and acquires their skills. The first thing they need to know is socialization or how to get along or co-exist with humans and other living things alike. This builds up their confidence and is very important in their personality.
They should also hone their physical abilities and coordination. Cats are sprightly little creatures. It is suggested that at a young age, they learn how to explore on their own, land on their feet, and hunt. You can assist them by setting up exercises. Mostly, though, cats like learning on their own and you need to respect that.
Prepare the Must-Haves
The first thing you need to secure is the place where your new baby will sleep. Invest in a comfortable bed that they can use for the years to come. This needs to be of good quality and will not give in immediately to wear and tears.
You might decide later on to bring your kitten outside to see the world. Get a carrier that can assure safety. You can opt for a stroller but you need to secure that your kitty is accustomed to riding it before going out in places that are new to it. This is to avoid it from jumping out and getting into a whole lot of trouble.
Toys, a scratching post, feeding bowls, among others are essentials that are imperative you buy before bringing the kitty at home. Safety and health should always come first and though it may be costly, prioritizing would help you a lot.
Kittens should be litter trained. Place a kitty litter at home and introduce it to them so they know where to do their business. Fill it with unscented or neutral litter. This is to avoid untoward irritation since kittens are sensitive. Also pick non-clumping litters so that if they are tempted to eat it, it will not cause choking and blocking in the intestines.
Having a new kitty cat around is elating and there are a lot of things that you can learn along the way. If you are still unsure of what to do, consult your veterinarian or join a community that can guide you along the way of raising your feline pal.
We wish you all the best and remember to enjoy the ride of being a kitty parent!