Kittens are loving creatures. A lot of people think cats are selfish, which is a common misperception among people. They are relatively easier to look after than dogs, since they do not require much attention, but cats still need your love and support. Bringing them home from the adoption center is not that easy. It takes time for them to get adjusted to a new setting, with new sounds and new sights, it can be quite scary for a kitten.
It is up to you to make sure that they feel as comfortable as possible in order to help ease the transition. Once cats are separated from their mother or siblings, it is important to recreate an environment where they can feel comfortable and still feel the warmth around them. There is special care required to help them integrate well into their new surroundings.
You have to be very careful, or it can get quite hectic and tiresome if your kitten can not adjust to your home. We have curated a list of things that you should do in order to ease their transition into their new surroundings.
Tips for getting started
From the time you meet your new kitten, all of your efforts should be put into making them feel comfortable with you. It is vital that you start your relationship with them on a good note, by interacting with him or her in their own territory. You need to spend an ample amount of time cuddling and playing, so that they get used to you and do not freak out when you take them away from their original environment.
Also, pet their siblings and mom so that you carry that scent on you and your kitten gets more comfortable around you. You can even go the extra mile and rub a towel on their family members and the inside of their kennel so that the towel smells like home to them. Tips for bringing them home
The ride home is often quite hectic. Small kittens are most definitely not used to cars and can panic in a moving vehicle. It is important to make this ride as pleasant as possible. Take the towel with his sibling’s scent and wrap your kitten with it. If they end up resisting the cat carrier, you can just open the top for them in the car. Usually, cats tend to go for cozy spots, which is why they like carriers.
It is important to take them home in one in order to protect them and provide them with security. This also helps in inculcating a habit of staying in a carrier during car rides in the future. If your cat is crying during the car ride, chances are that he is just scared and needs some physical reassurance. You can open the top of the carrier and pet them to help them calm down.
Tips for when you arrive home
The first thing to do when you arrive home is to place the carrier and your kitten in a small and quiet room of the house, that is away from noise and traffic. They already have to deal with new things, adding new and scary sounds into the mix is not a clever idea. You can keep the door of the carrier open to wait and see when your kitten would be comfortable enough to step out.
Place some food and water in a bowl for them outside and fill up a litter box with litter. Wait for half an hour for them to venture out on their own, and if they do not come, open the top of the carrier and gently pick them up. Take him to the water and food and place them there to see if they eat or not. Remember to get a low-level litter box if you have a small kitten. You can even ask the adoption center what kind of litter they used to help replicate this for your cat to have easy litter training for the future.
All kittens need some time in order to check out their new area. It is important to limit the amount of new space for them so that they do not get baffled, which is why you should keep them in one room for a couple of days till they get used to it. Introduce them to one room at a time.
Staying home alone
Once they get used to your scent, that scent will become their security. They will find comfort with you around but won’t always show it. You cannot be with your kitten all the time, so it is important to get them used to staying alone. Set up an area that will be secure for them to roam around alone. Put up things in this area such as their food, water, and litter, along with some cat toys to keep them entertained. Make sure that you remove all hazardous things from this area such as loose wires, electrical cords, and sharp objects.
Tips for helping them socialize
Between the period of 2-12 weeks of your kitten’s life is their prime socialization period. This is the time when they are quite impressionable and if they end up having good experiences with others such as cats, dogs, and people, they will most likely continue to accept these interactions in the future. If they do not have any interaction or experience with others at this time, they might just become adverse towards such interactions or even apprehensive of them. It is important to expose them to the right conditions in this crucial period. You can use positive reinforcement to make them feel comfortable at the beginning of any interaction. Make sure they feel safe and secure instead of feeling threatened.
Taking care of a cat is easy, taking care of a new kitten isn’t that easy. Make sure you make them feel at home and secure.