When you first bring your new furry friend home, you have so many new adventures ahead. Whether you are a new cat owner or a seasoned feline adopter, there is something unique about bringing home your first kitten. As with any new pet, kitten adoption comes with its own set of firsts. Read on to learn what to expect with kitten adoption and some essential tips for any new pet household.
Kitten adoption: an essential guide for cat owners
During the kitten adoption: ask questions
When you are at the animal shelter, rescue, or animal welfare organization, feel free to ask the staff questions. Naturally, the animal shelter staff have hands-on experience with pets of all ages and sizes. In addition, they have been the first humans to interact with your new best friend and might have some behind-the-scenes tips.
Prep your house
When you bring little furry friends home, especially kittens, make sure you pet-proof your house. For instance, keep cords out of reach from curious kittens. Also, be mindful of any household items that could be toxic, such as certain house plants and flowers. While pet-proofing your house might take a bit of time, it gives you time to enjoy quality time with your new feline friend.
Prior to kitten adoption: have kitten supplies ready to use
No cat-friendly home is complete without having your kitten supplies available and ready-to-use.
Consider adding the following everyday items to your new kitten shopping list:
Collar with an identification tag
Litter box with litter
Food and water bowls
Brush and nail trimmers
Create a cat-friendly space
Little kittens need room to explore, play, and roam. By creating a cat-friendly space that is safe and fun, you can allow kittens to engage with items that encourage play. Consider items such as cat trees, scratching posts, and interactive toys like a mouse. Also, this gives you the opportunity to engage and interact with your kitten and strengthen your bond. Further, pet enrichment is an opportunity for mental, physical, and emotional stimulation.
Slow introductions to a family member and other pets
If you have additional furry family members in the house, or any children, consider introducing all members of the family slowly to your new kitten. While you want to be able to allow all family members to interact, providing a safe and monitored space is best while getting acclimated to new people, places, and environments. Certainly, this is a learning opportunity for your kitten and the entire family.
First kitten wellness check
A pet wellness check is essential for your new kitten. As a new kitten owner, it is necessary to make sure your new family member is healthy. Also, this gives you the opportunity to ask your veterinarian any questions you might have regarding your new pet.
Kitten adoption: new adventures with your new feline friend
Whether you are thinking of kitten adoption or have just adopted, adding a new kitten to your household is an unforgettable experience. From the first catnap to the first trip to the veterinarian, you have so many adventures awaiting your family with your new feline friend.
When did you adopt your kitten? Tell us in the comments below.
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