The arrival of a kitten in the house is an exciting event for both the owners and the small pet. Usually, before bringing home a fluffy friend, owners prepare everything necessary and buy bowls, litter tray, food, scratching post, toys. There are a few simple rules that will help the kitten to adapt faster to new conditions and protect his owner from unnecessary worries and problems.
1. Gradually introduce him to new people, pets and places
Although you might be tempted to invite your whole family and friends over to show him around, it's better to introduce him to new people gradually. You can invite your first guests - one or two people - when he's settled in a bit. At first it is recommended to give him one room and slowly open the other rooms, so he can explore them.
When a new person comes into the house, it is advisable to monitor the kitten's behavior. If he hides and does not come out until the guest leaves, it may be too early and he has not adapted to the house.
When introducing other pets, it is also better not to rush and introduce them to each other under supervision. If there are signs of stress, you need to take a few steps back and give the pet time.
2.Provide places to hide
Some kittens are brave in their new home right away, while others need a short period alone to realize that there is no threat. In any case, the kitten should have a hiding place where it can hide if it feels unsure or just wants to be alone. A store-bought pet house or a carrier is good for this purpose.
3.Secure the house
Kittens are playful and can sometimes hurt themselves. Electrical cables should be pinned to the wall or protected with plastic casing, as the kitty can chew on them. You also need to remove any small objects that he can play with and swallow unnoticed.
Some houseplants, including lilies, crocuses and daffodils, can be poisonous to cats. Also, make sure plastic bags are kept out of the pet's reach.
4.Visit the veterinarian.
Your kitten's first trip to the vet should be scheduled as soon as he arrives at the house. He or she will be given a general checkup, vaccinations, and feeding and parenting recommendations.
The pet should have a special medical passport or card that will keep all the information about what procedures and treatments he has undergone and when. During and after a visit to the veterinarian, the kitten should be encouraged with a treat so that he will form positive associations with these kinds of trips.
When deciding to get a cat for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start. Of course, you need to make sure that all the necessary supplies for the pet are prepared, but the most important question is what breed of cat to choose.