to Bring Home a New Kitten
By Sarah Borroum
furry friend is coming home soon: a new kitten that the entire family
can love and enjoy. Here are some tips to make the adjustment period
easier both for you and the new family member.
you should be absolutely certain that a kitten is welcome in your
home. If someone is allergic to cats, there could be a serious problem.
It's not fair to adopt an animal and give him or her a home, only
to discover a few weeks later that he or she can't stick around.
you have young children, talk to them before the new kitten comes
home. Explain that kittens are delicate and need lots of rest. Introduce
them when both kitten and child are ready, and keep an eye on them
when they're playing together. Eventually you'll have a childhood
bond that will create a lifetime of memories - not to mention laughs
when the kitten does something adorable like steal the child's favorite
snack right out of his hand.
up on all the items your new kitten will need BEFORE you bring it
home. This includes food and water, a place to sleep (cats often
enjoy having their very own beds), and plenty of toys.
a place that the kitten can call its own for the next few days.
It's likely that he or she will be afraid to come out and say hello
to you for awhile, so give it a nice hiding place. It should be
safe and fairly dark, with food and water available nearby. When
you bring the kitten home in its carrier, set it down and open the
cage's door. Let the kitten emerge as he or she feels comfortable
about it, and be sure that the food and water are close by. Visiting
him or her will be irresistible, but try to limit it to a few minutes
at a time a couple of times a day, at least the first couple of
the other animals to introduce themselves, but be ready to break
things up if they decide to attack each other. Sometimes a little
half-serious fighting is required to establish who's in charge (hint:
it's not the new guy). Because the new guy in this instance is a
kitten, keep an extra-close eye on things: you don't want the tomcat
of the house beating the baby up. One way to prevent this is to
make sure that the new kitten doesn't intrude upon the old cat's
territory: make sure that sleeping spots, food dishes and other
"territorial" items and places remain with the older cat.
you talk to your new kitten, do it in a small, soft voice. Use soft
strokes when petting it, and be sure to make lots of eye contact
if possible. Your new friend will eventually trust you completely,
and grow into a typical housecat. Before you know it, he or she
will ignore you, demand all of your attention, make you laugh, make
you cry, and steal your heart.
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