Congratulations on getting a new kitten! It will be a great friendship that will last a lifetime.  You will love bringing a new kitten home with all of the joyous moments to celebrate this holiday this season. You will want to make sure you get it right and try to prevent any hiccups. This way everyone will have a home that they enjoy. Here are 5 tips to help with this important transition:

1. Have all of your kitten supplies before they come home.

You don’t want to go pick up your new kitten and then head straight to the store with them in tow. You could be exposing them to diseases or scary sounds while there. You will need the right food for your pet, and it can either be dry or canned. A food buffet type setup is preferred to see what they like to eat. Kitty litter boxes, litter, toys (lots of toys), a collar with a tag, a bed, a scratching post, plus a hiding spot or two for them, and finally a pet carrier.

2. Have a quiet, small room ready.

When you first bring your new kitten home, place him/her in a quiet room that you have fixed up for it. Keep this room closed off from the rest of the house and let the kitten explore that area first. Patience and quiet will allow them to see their new surroundings and furniture without pressure and without scaring them. I love having a Feliway diffuser already plugged into an outlet in the room as extra assurance that I am communicating to my new kitty that this is a safe new home. The most important first impression to your kitten is the smell and this product helps with that.

3. Provide a screened place to introduce other furry members of your family.

Not all of your other furry family members may be as happy to see the new addition as you. Providing a baby gate or screen between those members that will allow sight and smell without interaction is always a great first step.

4. Take your time.

A great friendship doesn’t happen overnight. Get to know each other slowly but surely and figure out their personality type.  What are their treat preferences? What are their toy preferences? Do they like to hunt mouse type toys or bird type toys? What kind of puzzles do they like?

5. Take your kitten to the veterinarian.  

Last, but not least, you should take your kitten to your local veterinarian. Parasites and viruses are extremely common in young kittens. The transition can be stressful and decrease your kitten’s immune system’s ability to fight off illnesses. You will need to bring a poop sample with you to your appointment so that your veterinarian can tailor the antiparasite treatment to the type of parasites your kitten is infected with.  If you want, you can get more information on parasites in kitties at the CAPC website. You will also need to talk to your doctor about vaccines, food, behavior issues, spaying/neutering and any other health concerns specific to your cats breed. Leave plenty of time to have a good discussion with your vet. Your veterinarian will love to talk to you about your kitten and how to prevent health issues in the future.

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