Caring for your Kitten

 

 

Settling in

 

When you get home let the kitten find its own way out of the basket/box and allow it to explore one room at a time. Make sure it knows where its litter tray and water bowl are. (Toilet and feeding areas should not be too close together).  Make sure the room is escape proof - chimneys blocked, doors and windows shut.  Kittens can get through surprisingly small places.

 

Kittens are very often frightened by children and other pets if they are not used to them. Children should understand that they must keep very still and quiet (very small children should not be introduced until the kitten has had a chance to settle). Other animals should be introduced later - gradually and one at a time.  Cats are naturally territorial - please donít expect friendships to develop immediately.   Do not overwhelm your kitten with too much attention, its hard, but try and let it come to you and other house members naturally.  Remember youíre still a stranger.   If a kitten is overwhelmed in the first few days of re-homing - it may find it difficult to bond with owners and other pets long term and develop behavioural problems.

 

The kittens' bed should be a refuge to retreat to if things become too stressful. It needs to be warm, dry, comfortable and draught free. There are many types of bed to choose from or you can put some warm bedding inside a strong dry cardboard box with a hole cut in the side. Putting it in a warm secure corner (near a radiator in the winter) will make it welcoming and the kitten feel secure. On the first few nights a warm water bottle under a blanket may help to compensate for the absence of the kitten's mother or littermates. If you happen to have, or can borrow, a kittening pen or the type of metal pen used to hold dogs securely in the back of a car, this is ideal for providing a safe den for the kitten and can hold its litter tray and bed. It is also an excellent way to introduce other animals gradually.

 

Warmth & Hygiene

 

Your kitten needs warmth at first - it will miss its mother and litter mates. If there is not some form of heating in the room at all times it should be provided with a heated bed or metal pad (especially manufactured for the purpose and obtainable from pet shops). Even when adult, a short haired cat should never be left alone in an unheated room at night or in cold weather without some basket or bed with warm bedding in it.

No cat should ever be put out at night to fend for itself

A litter tray must be available at all times and kept in the same place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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