How to Bring a New Cat or Kitten Home

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Bringing a new cat or kitten home is just as different to the cat or kitten as it is to you. When you bring her/him home, they might hide somewhere or run away from you. With time and patience, you'll soon feel mutual love for each other.

Steps

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    Before you even get a cat or kitten, you will need supplies! Make sure to get all the proper items for a cat. They might get bored if you're away for periods of time.
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    Set up the cat's bed in a corner of a quiet room that has only one door.
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    Do the same with the cat's food, water, litter box(s) and toys. Providing wall perches or furniture that the cat can climb up may also make her or him feel safer.
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    Have some interesting things for your cat or kitten to play with, such as bubble wrap, newspapers, bells, shelves to climb on, and even cat trees.
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    Put away things that you do not want to get broken or stained. If your kitten has yet to be house trained, then you shouldn't want it to have an accident all over your new rug.
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    If the kitten automatically runs away to hide, just ignore it and do something else for a while until it comes out. Try placing food and water close to their hiding place.
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    When it comes out, quietly approach it. A lot of cats don't like it when they have a human towering over them, so try sitting down before sliding over to the cat.
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    Let the cat smell your hand. This will let her/him recognize your scent. Do not raise your hand above the cat's head or make loud, sudden movements. The cat may go back into hiding after smelling your hand. When it goes back into hiding, move the food and water a little bit away from their hiding place. Repeat steps until it stays after smelling your hand.
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    When the cat comes closer, pet their head. Try not to touch their ears, and definitely not their stomach.
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    If the cat rolls over so you can see their stomach, this means that they trust you not to hurt them.
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    Try to pick them up. They may not let you, and even scratch you.
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    Make sure they can access the whole house. A closed door will make them curious, and may lead to your door getting scratched up.
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    Bring the cat or kitten into the room you have decided to place the kitty litter.
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    Put it into the kitty litter and if the cat doesn't mind the feel of it, they will just walk around in it for a while. If you get this result, skip to step 13.
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    Try digging little holes in the kitty litter until you can see the colourful bottom, teach your cat or kitten to place its paw on it by putting your finger in it.
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    Every 3-5 hours put it in the kitty litter and leave the room. Cats like privacy!
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    When it wanders out check to see if there is anything in there.
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    If there is, success, if not, keep trying!

Bedtime

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    Some cats like to spend the night wandering around the house and sleeping all day, others like to sleep with their owners. if on the first night the cat doesn't come in, they're probably just wandering around or sleeping on the couch. If they are outside, then bring them in(you shouldn't have it unsupervised outside on the first night anyway).
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    If it comes in, welcome it to your room and let it place itself where it desires.
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    Some cats will sleep right up at your face, sometimes if the purring annoys you, just don't move and let it fall asleep then it will stop purring.

Tips

  • Make sure to "kitten proof" the house. Anything that could be dangerous for a toddler is dangerous for kitty too! Potted plants, electric cords, and curtains/strings from blinds are some a lot of people forget about!
  • You shouldn't leave the new cat or kitten outside unsupervised until a week or two of you watching (start off with an enclosed area so it can't escape)
  • At first, it may seem irritating and stressful to do some things but you're a complete stranger doing all these weird things to it(that it's never done before).
  • A cat carrier is so you can take it around places like the vet or the cattery etc.
  • If the new cat headbutts your hand, it means it likes you.

Warnings

  • Cats and kittens can run away or something could happen to them so keep a close eye on them at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Litter box
  • Kitty litter
  • Cat toys
  • Cat food
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Cat carrier
  • Cat bed
  • Things to clean up "accidents" (scooper, bags, etc.)'


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Categories: Getting a Cat