The appearance of a kitten in a new home

Bringing home a new cat or kitten is always exciting. You cannot wait to introduce the new addition to your family and friends; and you are already looking forward to years of happy companionship. The way you introduce your new cat to your household can make a big difference in how well he makes the adjustment.
Remember that cats are very much creatures of habit. They like things to be predictable and pretty much the same from day to day. You will be taking your cat out of a familiar environment, putting him into a noisy, moving vehicle, then expecting him to adjust to new surroundings, new people and perhaps, new animals. This is a lot to ask, and no matter how wonderful you and your home are, even the most easy-going cat is likely to be stressed and nervous. To make the transition as smooth as possible, take things slowly and give your cat plenty of time to get used to his new home.

Before you bring your new cat or kitten home

Making some plans ahead of time will make the transition to a new home much easier for you and your cat.
First, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your new pet examined. If possible, schedule the appointment so you can take your cat to the veterinarian immediately after picking him up.
Make sure you have a sturdy travel crate for the cat to ride in. Most of the time the trip home will involve a car ride. When cats are nervous, they may feel more secure in an enclosed space. An unrestrained cat can be a real driving hazard, especially if she climbs down by the pedals, or jumps onto your shoulder. Having your cat in a carrier can also be helpful in case the cat vomits, urinates or defecates, which some cats will do if they are nervous.

The sense of smell is very important to cats, and it will make them more comfortable to have something that smells like their former home. For kittens, it is especially helpful to take a towel or blanket the kitten has been sleeping on with you to his new home. Make arrangements ahead of time with the breeder or shelter, possibly bringing them a towel for the cat to sleep on for several days before you pick her up. Place the towel in the carrier for the ride home, and leave it in the carrier for your new pet to sleep on the first few days.

To limit the number of changes your new pet will need to experience the first day, before you get the cat, find out what food and litter the cat has had, and try to get the same brand. If you want to change brands later, slowly (over the course of a week) mix the new brand in with the old brand.

Before you bring your new cat home, put his food, water, toys, scratching post, and litter pan in a quiet room you can close off, perhaps a spare bedroom. If the new cat is shy, fearful, or you have other cats, the use of the product Feliway may be helpful. Feliway is a product that was designed to help reduce anxiety in cats. It contains pheromones from the cat's face. Pheromones are chemicals which are used to communicate with other members of the same species. You may notice that a cat often rubs her face and chin on vertical surfaces. She is leaving a scent there which contains these pheromones. The pheromones from the face have a calming effect on other cats. You may wish to spray Feliway in the cat's new room, in the cat carrier before and after you pick up the cat, and around the house, if you have other cats. Alternatively, you can purchase a plug-in form of the product to use in the house.

Essential Supplies for Kittens

Before bringing your new kitty home, you should be prepared with some supplies. It's best to have all supplies ready before the first time your new pet enters the house, because he should be able to immediately begin exploring and getting used to things. He shouldn't have too many major changes made to his surroundings during his early days at home.

  • Cat bed - Many cats will happily fall asleep anywhere, but a cat bed will be a favorite napping spot. The bed should be warm and soft, and it should be located in a place that makes your kitty feel comfortable and safe. Make sure it is large enough for your cat to lay down in and have some room to stretch, but small enough to allow him to feel secure.

  • Litter box - There are many different styles of litter boxes available today. A self-cleaning litter box has a mechanism that will rake the dirty litter after your cat has used the box. While some owners appreciate the cleaning help this offers, these boxes are quite expensive and the mechanism can sometimes frighten the cat


  • A hooded litter box has a tall cover that is meant to give the kitten some privacy while hiding the mess often found in litter boxes. This can also be a great help in keeping litter from being tossed over the edge of the box and on to the floor. However, some cats are afraid of the hood and will not use a litter box that is enclosed. Hooded boxes can also develop a harsh odor because of a lack of ventilation.

    The third litter box option is a just a plain plastic box with kitty litter inside. Many cat owners prefer this simple option, but it does require the most maintenance to keep it looking tidy and smelling fresh.

  • Food and water dishes - Your cat should have food and water bowls waiting for him upon his arrival. 

There are several kinds of bowls available, but earthenware or ceramic are the safest. The bottoms of the bowls should be weighted to avoid tipping. If you've adopted a kitten, you should consider purchasing smaller, shallower bowls that are designed especially for kittens. Bowls should be cleaned daily and placed far from the litter box, as cats do not like to eat and relieve themselves in the same location.

  • Scratching post - Cats need to scratch, so why not buy them a post that's made for scratching? Make sure the post has a sturdy base to keep it from tipping over. It should be at least as tall as the cat so he can stand on his hind legs and get a good stretch while he's scratching. If you have more than one cat, you should have at least one scratching post per kitty.

  • Kitten food (dry, moist, canned) - There are several types of foods to choose from when deciding what to feed your cat. If possible, find out what kind of food the breeder, shelter, or pet store was feeding your cat and stick to the same diet for a while. He will be adjusting to so many new things during his first few weeks at home that keeping his diet the same may be a comfort to him. What you feed your new cat also depends on his age: kittens need a special diet and senior cats may also require a diet formulated especially for seniors.

  • Toys - Cats love to play, so you'll need to provide your cat with a variety of safe toys. Pouncing is a favorite activity of cats, so balls and catnip-filled mice are good options. To avoid the danger of your cat choking on a piece of a toy, do not give him toys that have small parts that can be torn off, such as bells, feathers, or pom-poms. Examine all toys before letting your kitty play with them, and make sure to regularly inspect the toys he plays with so you can replace those that are worn or broken.

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