Time for the big day! Here are some tips for introducing a new kitten. With a little preparation, it should be smooth sailing.
Try introducing a new kitten when you have some time on your hands. It's important to be home, on hand, in case you're needed.
Weekends and holidays are best, if you usually work away from home on weekdays. Mornings are good, for the same reason.
Have the home quiet. He will be scared at first. Give him some space from young children, and no other pets should be introduced for a while. The kitten will want to hide at first. He will soon build confidence, and explore the home when he's ready.
If you've been visiting your kitten at the cattery, maybe you've left a towel or blanket behind on one of those visits. Now, you can put it into his bed. As he settles into his new home he has those familiar smells for comfort.
We set up our kittens in the laundry room on the first day. It was the only room that could be totally theirs. They crept out of the carrier cautiously. I didn't do any laundry for a while! Once they were super comfortable with that room, they bravely ventured further each time, on their own terms.
Do you have a dog? Introducing a new kitten to a dog can be much easier than you might imagine. Mature, calm dogs generally don't have much interest in kittens. And kittens have no fear! They will happily chase the tail of, and snuggle with a nice dog.
When I was younger, I had a Sheltie named Bonny. She was in her prime, meaning very active! She ran a lot. We added an awesome red tabby kitten to the family. Boy, they chased each other all over the house, day and night. I had to name him Clyde! They remained very bonded for their whole lifetimes.
Of course, not all dogs are created equal. Only you know your pet! If your dogs is well-meaning but young and rough, you'll need to supervise until the kitten is sturdier and old enough to jump out of the way.
If you suspect your dog would not be compatible with a kitten, you're probably right.
During your first days with your kitten, you may notice he has a case of the sniffles. This can happen, due to stress. Just wipe his eyes or nose, and it'll clear up.
Also, some new owners notice diarrhea in kittens. Don't be alarmed! Diarrhea in kittens can happen. Contact your vet, you may be able to take care of it with an over-the-counter drugstore remedy, if he recommends.
When bringing home a new kitten, fleas may come with her. This is not uncommon, it happens to the best of breeders.
This is because flea medication can't be given to nursing cats or newborn kittens, up to a certain weight. If you've brought home kittens with fleas, call the vet. Some good flea medication will take care of it quickly.
Introducing a new kitten is very exciting! Make sure to lavish plenty of attention on your older pets, too. Enjoy this special time with your kitten and remember to take lots of pictures!