Bringing Your Kitten Home
Bringing Your Kitten Home
– A Step-By-Step Guide –
You’ve anxiously waited for you kitten to be big enough to come home. You’ve picked him or her up at the airport and are finally home with your new bundle of fluff…
Below is a step-by-step instruction guide on how to make the transition process for your kitten as smooth and least stressful as possible!
- As with any new pet, you should start them off in a small section of your house. Most customers choose their master bedroom or guest room. “But why not give my kitten the entire house to play in?”
As you are aware, your kitten has lost the only home they have ever known, which is a lot to take in. Too much stimulation can cause anxiety and stress, or even illness. By giving your kitten a smaller space to adjust in will help them feel safe and confident. We’ve has many clients not follow our advice. They simply turn their kitten free the moment they arrive home and not understand why kitty remains hidden under the couch for a week! Your kitten is OVERWHELMED & scared. You can avoid this by segregating them from other pets and place them in 1 room only!
*Also, please check out our “Kitten Transition” article which has further insight and advice for our clients.
- Keep the door to this room shut for at least 72 hrs.
- Place the kitten carrier/pet taxi they have traveled in on the floor and open the door. Please let your kitten come out on his/her own time.
- Place food, water, and litter in the room near your kitten. They are all potty trained and will have no problems finding or using the litter pan.
- Provide your kitten with small toys with or even a kitty tower. Sprinkling some catnip is also a good idea as it is a natural stress reducer.
- We strongly urge all customers to keep a radio or tv on at all times in the room. Cats become even more frightened when it is dead silent. The background noise helps them relax and become used to human voices. Here in our nursery we also have music which plays around the clock. By providing one it will make your kitten feel more at home.
- Talk to your kitten frequently so he/she becomes used to your voice. You can even sit on the floor and let kitty come to you. NEVER chase your kitten around the room or pull him/her out from behind a piece of furniture. This will further traumatize them.
- After 7-10 days slightly open the door to the room your new kitten has been kept in and let them explore on their own! This way if they get frightened they always have the “safe space” room to retreat to.
Some kittens come out of the carrier purring away and ready to tackle the world and cover you in whisker kisses! However, others are more timid, and we never quite know how each kitten will react to their new homes. The timid ones are what we’ve designed this article for, however, no matter the behavior of your new furry family member; this advice should be followed for all new kittens for at least a week.
For additional information about home transition please see out “Kitten Transition” article.