How To Prep For A Kit­ten

Fol­low these steps to seam­lessly wel­come your new kit­ten into your home! (This goes for newly adopted adult cats too)

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY ROSE FROSEK

Fol­low these steps to seam­lessly wel­come your new kit­ten into your home!

Think­ing about adopt­ing a kit­ten? We con­sulted VOKRA, Van­cou­ver Or­phan Kit­ten Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion, for the ad­vice they give to their new adopters. Here’s what you need to do when you bring home your new kit­ten:

Put your new kit­ten in the bath­room for the first 48 hours. The smaller the space, the more con­fi­dent the kitty. When cats are stressed from be­ing re­lo­cated they will want to be in a tiny space—it's the kind­est thing you can do for them. It builds their con­fi­dence and cu­rios­ity. Hang out with them in there so you can so­cial­ize them and bond. Your goal is to help make your new fam­ily mem­ber feel com­fort­able and safe as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Al­low kitty ac­cess to the rest of the house only once he has met all four cri­te­ria: is eat­ing all his food, is be­ing proac­tively so­cial, has peed at least twice in the lit­ter box, and has pooped at least twice in the lit­ter box. Af­ter these cri­te­ria have been met, you can then grad­u­ally in­tro­duce your kit­ten to the rest of your home.

Kit­ten-proof your home. Things to watch out for: Plants. Re­search all plants in your home and dis­pose of any that may be poi­sonous, in­clud­ing bou­quets of flow­ers that can be highly toxic. (Lilies, chrysan­the­mum, amaryl­lis, and more are all toxic to cats.) Cords that dan­gle and swing are big temp­ta­tions to kit­tens. Try to tape or hook them away.

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