the essentials of Preparing for the arrival of your kitten

Like human babies, kittens require special care, including veterinary care, feeding and socialization. The best time to bring a kitten home is when you have at least one or two days to focus on helping him adjust to new surroundings.  He is a baby, please adjust your expectations to that of a baby.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KITTEN HAPPY AND HEALTHY:

1.  Get the best dry and wet food you can afford. Leave dry food out for her all the time.
Since canned food is mostly water, add some raw ground chicken or turkey meat to it, or even raw beef, cut some hearts or gizzards to slices, add some slices to raw chicken or beef liver - she will love it and she will love you.  See our kitten nutrition page. 
2.  Keep her hydrated as much as you can. Running water helps increase intake. Add some water to canned food with meat. If you cook liver or meat, let them drink the broth.
3.  Play with her on a daily basis, provide toys.
4.  Keep a nice environment with hiding areas, bedding, scratching posts and toys.
5.  Give her some sunshine and fresh grass in a pot, to nibble on.
6.  Provide a safe, quiet and stress-free home.
7.  Choose a nice cat tree - kittens like to be high.

To keep her happy - you can make for her a small, fenced outside run - CATIO.

Before you bring your kitten home:

litter box: Our kittens are well potty trained. They will accept all kind of litter or litter boxes. LATER. To make their transition easy, we recommend to use what they are used to here. You can change it later.

Open and low side litter boxes. The rule is - as many as cats plus one. We use about one inch of pine pellets (no chemicals added) and you may sprinkle on the bottom a little of baking soda, if you want. Your kitten is a baby, it means the litter boxes should be close and convenient any time. You may need several boxes first in the bigger home for the baby. Later on - two will be enough for adult cat.. All pet shops carry them. 40 lbs of pellets cost $5,60 in Lowe’s and about $8 in horse supply store. (We compost them with grass clippings.)

If you change later to a clumping litter, please do not torture you kitten with the perfumed one. :) Introduce your kitten to the box, do not change the location of it and do not expect the little baby to run from upstairs bedroom to the downstairs laundry room to pee.

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Feeding : please have ready 3 things for him: Dry food, wet food and possibly a goat milk. Have your A,B,C's ready.

In our cattery they have:   A.  Royal Canin for kittens and Hills Science diet for kittens - both available always. Fresh, clean water always. Later on we recommend to switch to a better quality food, Out kittens just cannot resist the smell of RC.

                                             B.  Friskies or other quality brand canned food twice a day.

                                             C.  Goat milk - fresh, evaporated or dry. Most of our kittens love it, they are used to it and it is digested very well.  Click here to visit our complete Kitten Nutrition Page.

Some kitten toys we like and use, but by no means do we endorse. They are easily available on Amazon: 

 

When you arrive with your kitten, have a small room or space that will be her own for the first few days or weeks already prepared.  A so called sanctuary room.  Having a smaller area to explore at first will help your kitten get comfortable with her new home.  Make sure the room has hiding places.  (If not, you can use cardboard boxes).  Have all the supplies needed available and ready, such as water and food bowls, kitten food, a litter box, a scratching post, safe toys, a bed, and nail trimmers. 

Traveling, transition, a new home, the first time away from Mom and siblings - it is all a BIG STRESS for a little baby. Each of them may deal with is differently. When you bring your kitten home, put the carrier in the "sanctuary room" you’ve prepared (described above). Open the carrier door, but let your kitten come out when he is ready. Do not pull him out.  After your kitten comes out, leave the carrier in the corner as another hiding place. Each day, scoop out the litter box and provide fresh food and water.  Your young kitten may hide at first, but he will explore when no one is watching, becoming more comfortable with his new home. Spend as much time in his room, petting him and playing with him as you can, but allow enough time for sleeping. It is just a baby. After your kitten has been checked by a veterinarian, becomes comfortable in his room and develops a regular routine of eating, drinking and using the litter box, you can let him venture out into the rest of your house. At this point, you need to make sure that your kitten stays safe and has enough privacy to eat, sleep and use the litter box. Keep your kitten’s bed, litter box and food/water dishes always in the same place so that he knows where to find them.

Enjoy your new kitten, and be sure to schedule initial and yearly check-ups with your veterinarian.

Kitten Care Sheet PDF