Before you bring your cat home, make sure you have everything you need to take care of him and help him get used to his new home!
Picking up a kitten is really exciting, but for a kitten it is a huge change as it leaves its home, mother and siblings from the litter. Here are some things to keep in mind to make it easier for your kitten to acclimatize to your home. It is ideal to bring your kitten home, if you know, that you will not have a visitor for the next few days and you will be able to take care of him in peace. Try to pick up your kitten in the morning so that it had time to get used to your home before going to bed in the evening.
Kittens are very sensitive to the new environment, so be careful when welcoming them to a new home. If you follow these key tips, you can make it very easy for your kitten to come to a new home.
New visual, auditory and olfactory stimuli in your home and separation from mother and siblings can cause stress.
Put the carrier in the room you prepared for him and open the door on the carrier. Let the kitten come out and explore the area independently, resist the urge to take the kitten in your hands and cuddle.
Gently take the kitten in your hands and show him the toilet, the lair.
During the first night, the kitten may be upset, (it will receive from us a blanket with the smell of mom and siblings) it may happen that it will look for its loved ones. Place the kitten’s lair in a cosy and quiet place with a blanket and make sure it has access to a water tank, food and excrement container. Turning off the light helps determine the kitten’s sleep pattern.
Any sudden changes in a kitten’s diet can cause digestive problems and stress. Therefore, during the first week, give the kitten the same diet and follow the same feeding schedule as our feeding facility. If you want, then you can slowly switch to another regimen and to a diet more appropriate for the age of the kitten.
It should be somewhere where the cat feels safe, away from where you and other pets eat. Cats do not like to feed too close to their excrement container. They should always have fresh water available. It is important to place the water bowl far enough away from the food bowl to avoid water contamination.
After weaning from the mother's milk, the cat loses the ability to digest the sugar contained in the milk and cow's milk can cause diarrhoea. If you give it leftovers, it may start begging, get sick or overweight due to overeating an unsuitable diet.
The stress of moving to a new home can lead to cats not eating much at first. However, his appetite should return after it settles. Also, keep in mind that cats naturally do not eat large meals. On the contrary, they eat several small meals a day. If you are ever concerned about a kitten's eating behaviour, consult a veterinarian.