There are few things as exciting as adding a new cat (or two) to the family. Here are a few things to consider before the big day including introducing them to current pets, understanding the new kittens basic needs, healthy concerns and of course safety.
Owning a cat means providing at least 10 to 15 years or more (I had two sweet boys live 20 and 21 years) of TLC which also includes expenses including licensing fees, vet bills, food, toys, litter. They’ll need some time and patience to get used to being part of the family.
Cats Need Love Too
People sometimes get cats because they don’t feel they need much attention but they do. You need to take time out of your day to play and be affectionate. Some suggest adopting two cats so they’ll have each other for company if they are going to be alone much of the day.
If you have other pets, it will be important to gradually introduce them to each other. Pick a neutral location so your current pet wont feel territorial. Let them sniff each other through closed doors to get used to each others scent. It’s actually easier to introduce a new cat to a home with a dog than another cat. Mostly because cats are more territorial.
Introducing Pets to Pets
Your family pets that you’re introducing the new addition to will feel jealous at first so you’ll need to give them lots of love and attention so they don’t feel left out. This is really important!
Teach Young Children to Place Nice
Young children must be taught to be gentle with the new family addition and to handle them with care and respect. They should also be supervised with playing with kittens – avoid injury to the child and the kitten.
Take Them in for a Checkup
Either before bringing the kitten home or within the first week, you should take them to the veterinarian for a check up. The veterinarian will make recommendations on vaccinations and have the kitten dewormed. If you adopt your cat/kitten from a shelter alot of these things will already be taken care of. Make sure to ask for records.
Each Kitty Should Have Its Own Dishes
Your new kitten should have its own food and water dish, in a quiet location away from loud noises or distractions. Dry kitten food can be left out at all times because kittens will eat several times a day and will stop eating when they feel full. Uneaten portions of canned food should be thrown away because they spoil when left out at room temperature. As the cat gets older and less active, you may need to feed in separate meals so they don’t become overweight. Fresh water must be available at all times. Thoroughly clean all food and water bowls regularly to prevent bacteria build up.
Litter boxes should be low enough for your kitten to get into and should be placed in a quiet but accessible location. Clean the litter box daily. Most kittens know how to use a litter box already because they were taught by their mother.
All Cats like to Stretch and Scratch
There are many wonderful scratching post and supplies available. Keep them onhand – it will save your furniture! When you catch your kitten scratching something inappropriate, be sure to say “no” in a loud,sharp voice. The goal is to startle him/her. Be consistent, and they will get the idea quickly. With patience, your kitten can be taught to use their scratching post instead of your furniture.
Cats thrive in a stimulating environment. Play is important for cats and is good exercise and will help you bond. Use toys with a string because you want to be careful with your hands (avoiding bites) . Other great toys include empty cardboard boxes, ping-pong balls, and big paper bags.
The most important thing in your new kitten’s life is you. Enjoy watching your kitten grow up – every single moment!. Build a long-lasting, rewarding relationship. Play, Love, Laugh!