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Bringing a new kitten home for the first time is exciting! Who wouldn’t be mesmerised by the opportunity to watch a kitten play, eat and sleep? Being a pet parent is a big responsibility and it’s up to us to help our new arrivals settle in. Read on for our pet experts’ advice for a smooth transition to your new adventure with your new kitten.

Make their new home safe

Kittens are curious creatures and can be into everything. Before bringing yours home, kitten-proof the place, looking for any potential dangers. This can be anything from electrical cables that kitten can ‘play’ with, to medicines and even plants – both of which can be toxic to kittens and cats.

There are a few things to think about here, so we’ve compiled some key considerations in our how to make a kitten’s new home safe list.

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Welcome them in

New places can be scary. One good tip is to ask the breeder to send a kitten’s own blanket with them, so it will smell familiar to them and give them security and reassurance. When your little kitten first arrives, put them in a quiet room where they can settle in without lots of noise, comings and goings. Once they’re comfortable, they can explore slowly, one room at a time. Make sure they have a litter tray nearby and take them over to it regularly. We’ve got even more tips about litter training a kitten.

Don’t crowd them

We might want to spend as much time as possible with our kittens, but they might not yet feel the same! Give them some space and introduce them to their new household slowly. Explain to young children that while kittens are loveable and lots of fun, it’s important to be gentle with them, especially as their claws and teeth can be sharp.

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2 inquisitive kittens

Introduce other pets slowly

It might sound sad, but cats don’t always get along unless they’ve grown up together. That’s why it’s a good idea to take things slowly. Try to keep them separate at first and start by swapping their blankets for a while so they get to know one another’s scent. Then let them sniff around each other slowly with a barrier in between (such as a stair gate). If that goes well, it’s time to move onto the next part – introducing them in person. We’ve got all the steps to follow in our guide to introducing a cat to a kitten

Above all, enjoy the experience. This is such a precious time for all pet parents and the bonds formed now will give so much pleasure over the years to come. We think you’ll have a wonderful time together!


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