Welcoming a new cat into your home is an exceptional and emotionally strong time for both you and the new member of your family. You may wonder with some fear if your new cat or kitten will be able to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings and new faces. It’s also natural for your new furry friend to feel some anxiety the moment they leave their old home and arrive at yours. By preparing for this happy event, you and your cat will be more relaxed and you can appreciate each other from day one.In this article, we give you practical details to help make the arrival of your new cat in your household a happy and positive time for both of you.
1) How to make your new cat feel at home?
When welcoming a new cat to your home, preparation is the key. The first thing you need to start with is making your home safe and comfortable. Follow these simple tips to make your new family member feel comfortable and reassured on D-Day, and to make your home a safe, pet-friendly place.
First, buy the new family member food and water bowls, ceramic or stainless steel if possible, and place them in a carefully chosen location. Next, set up a kitty litter box, providing one for each cat in the household. Litter should be changed regularly for hygiene reasons. Place the litter box in a quiet location away from where your cat eats, sleeps and plays. Also provide him with a scratching post. You will not regret it ! Not only will this save you from having to buy new furniture, but your cat will also be able to scratch, a very important activity for them. This will be especially helpful if there are other cats in the house.
2) Get Your New Kitten Used To Your Surroundings And Other Pets In The House
Introduce your cat to your daily life, different rooms of the house, noise (TV, radio, washing machine, etc.). Also, be sure to introduce your kitten to other animals, they will take some time to adapt to each other. If you have another cat, try to provide a litter box for each of them so that each cat can eat and defecate. If you have a dog, plan a hiding place for the kitten so that you can take refuge there.
Also be sure to remove any items that may be dangerous or toxic to your cat. Certain substances are obviously dangerous for him, such as household products. Others like chocolate, tea, coffee, and even plants (oleander, lily, poinsettia, philodendron, hydrangea, hyacinth, daffodil, and tulip) are common toxins for cats.
Secure all electrical wires so that your cat or kitten does not chew on them. Provide your cat with a nurturing environment with plenty of small toys (eg, foil balls) to grab his attention and distract him from anything that could be dangerous. Remove all sharp objects… or objects that can be bitten, licked or destroyed, and put them out of reach. And watch open windows to prevent your cat from falling.
3) Teach The New Kitten The Prohibitions
The first thing to do is teach your kitten things that you will not tolerate when he grows up. Don’t let your kitten do what he wants, he can understand well that he can’t do certain things (for example: don’t stick to curtains, don’t defecate anywhere..).
And to be successful in learning the prohibitions, try to discourage him with a firm voice as soon as he is about to do something stupid, or vice versa, reward him for good behavior with sweets or caresses. Note: there is no point in punishing a kitten for something stupid that he has done after a long time. for example, she will not be able to link the reproach to a vase knocked over two hours ago.
4) Take Care Of Your Kitten
Walk around and try to eliminate all possible risks (balconies, windows, harmful objects), if you have a garden, please try to accompany the kitten on the first outing, because he does not know the danger: the neighbor’s dog, tree too high from which he cannot come down.
Remember, a kitten’s life revolves around four main areas: where to eat, where to sleep, where to defecate, and where to play. Therefore, please pay attention to its 4 areas.
5) Welcoming a kitten is taking care of its health
A few days after his arrival, you will also have to think about bringing your little companion to the vet. Indeed, even if your kitten seems to be in perfect health, its immune system is more fragile than that of adult cats. If you are fostering an adult cat, it is important to check the health of your pet. On this occasion of the first visit to the veterinarian, a first assessment will be made, the deworming protocol will be implemented (until the age of 3 months, a junior cat must be dewormed every two weeks) and the first vaccines can be performed. If it is not already, an appointment may even be taken for sterilization.
This first visit to the vet will also allow you to get your cat used to a new environment, with unfamiliar smells, unfamiliar places and the actual consultation with the vet. The earlier you get used to this universe, the less protests you will have in the future.
6) Kitten Neutering
Before castration, note the following: Kittens generally reach sexual maturity at around 8 months for females and 10 months for males. But it depends on the race and month of birth. if you do not want to breed your cat, it is best to sterilize it by surgery at 7 months of age.
Having your cat or your cat sterilized allows you, among other things, to eliminate heat-related problems and to limit the cat’s escape. Having your cat sterilized has several advantages. Sterilization helps prevent the proliferation of cats and overpopulation. Most often, this is a sterilization of convenience for the owner. For the cat, the possibility of procreating is suppressed just like the sexual cycle.
The inconveniences associated with heat no longer exist: no untimely meows, fights, attraction of males. The castrated cat loses its marking behavior when the castration is done early enough. Again, fights are reduced and runaways are less common.
Sterilization cat has consequences. Chemical sterilization involves giving extra hormones to the cat. This large dose of hormones helps block ovulation and prevent the ovaries from functioning. However, in the long term, these extra hormones often lead to the formation of breast tumors and infections of the uterus. With surgical sterilization, the risk of the appearance of breast tumor and pyometra is removed. In cats, castration can promote the formation of urinary stones. But this risk is very limited if the cat receives quality food specific to its condition. The neutered cat is generally calmer and less active. They become more homey and less aggressive with other cats. The urine streams are suppressed as are the unpleasant odors that go with it.