There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new cat into the family, but before their arrival, you need to spend a little time preparing your house for a kitten.
Your kitty is just learning about the world, how to behave and fit in with their humans. As a fur parent, it’s your responsibility to create a home where they can do this safely, with all their needs taken care of.
So among all the excitement of going to meet your new feline and choosing a name, have a read of our top tips for making your home kitten-friendly.
Set up a safe territory
There is plenty in your house that could be dangerous to an inquisitive young kitten. Some are more obvious than others - sharp objects like scissors and needles should be kept out of the reach of Whisker’s claws, and cords and wires should be tidied away and covered where possible.
Then there are the less obvious risky items. Did you know many household plastics are toxic to cats, for instance? Or are there any household cleaning items at their level? Be sure to keep these well out of the way.
Cats also like a hiding place where they can sneak away, to help them feel safe. Try to ensure they’ve got a spot or two where they can climb and curl up for some alone time.
Pick up cat essentials
A trip to your local pet store might be in order, as kitty is going to require some essentials to make them feel at home:
- A cosy bed or basket
- Litter tray
- Water and food bowl
- Toys or a scratching post
Food designed for young cats, like our Kitten’s Delight
- Carrying basket
Install a cat flap
A cat flap allows your four-legged friend to come and go as they please without you needing to leave any windows open, and you can now choose ones that don’t allow other cats to enter from outside. If your house isn’t already equipped with one, now is the time to make the addition.
A little training might be in order to help your kitten get used to it. It’s easiest to have a person each side of the door - one holding the cat flap open, and the other holding a treat to reward Felix with when they step through.
Who will give them company?
Once your house is filled with everything material that it needs, it’s time to start thinking about other ways you’ll help them settle into their new home.
After being used to the company of their mum and siblings, kittens can get distressed when they are left alone, so you’ll need to be there to keep any eye on them in their first week. If you do need to leave them alone, it’s a good idea to have a radio in the room with their bed, so you can keep it playing on low volume while you’re out.
So they don’t get overwhelmed, plan a quiet time in your house to bring your kitten home, introducing their new human friends to them one at a time.
Introducing the rest of your fur family
Speaking of meeting the family, do you already have a older cat at home? This needs to be handled carefully!
Set up your new kitten its own space in a room your older cat doesn’t spend time in, with bed, toys, food and water all here. As mentioned above, plenty of high spaces for both cats to climb up to if they are feeling threatened are also a must.
Before they meet, stroke each cat or swap a piece of their bedding. This helps your new kitten smell of home, and therefore more familiar to your cat.
What if you have dogs? Despite popular belief, your kitten and pooch can become good friends.
So, there you have just some of the way you can create a kitten-friendly home. Let us know if you’re a kitten parent-to-be and have found our post useful!