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Important Ways to Prepare Your Home for a New Kitten [2024]

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Important Ways to Prepare Your Home for a New Kitten [2024]

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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR A NEW KITTEN?

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This post was updated on January 4th, 2024

Bringing a new kitten home is a can be a fun, yet overwhelming experience. I’ve been through it; from those first nights of restless sleep to playful days filled with curiosity. This post is all about what you need for a new kitten and how to prepare your home.

In this post you’ll learn:

  • Steps to prepare your home for your new kitten
  • First night with your new kitten
  • Where your new kitten should sleep at night

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A NEW KITTEN?

Exciting news on your new furry friend!

To make sure your new addition settles in smoothly and thrives in a joyful, healthy environment, let me share some personalized tips on how you can prepare:

How do you set-up a safe room for a new kitten?

  • Designate a cozy area: Set up a dedicated space for your new kitten. A quiet room with a bed, litter box, and food/water bowls is perfect.
  • Kitten-proof the area: Remove hazards like electrical cords, toxic plants, and small objects that could be swallowed. Kittens are curious explorers!

What Essentials do I Need for a New Kitten?

  • Food and water: Purchase high-quality kitten food and shallow dishes. Opt for bowls that are easy for a kitten to access. Personal experience: Finnegan loved his wet food, so I made sure to have a variety of flavors available. I also used ceramic bowls that were sturdy and easy to clean.
  • Litter box: Get a litter box that’s easily accessible for a kitten. Consider a low-entry box to help them get in and out comfortably. For Finnegan, I chose a box with low sides for easy access. I placed it in a quiet spot, away from his food and sleeping area.
EssentialsDescription
Food and WaterHigh-quality kitten food, water and food bowls
Litter BoxLitter box, litter, scoop, and liners
BeddingCozy bed or blanket for comfort
ToysInteractive toys, balls, teaser wands
Scratching PostSisal or cardboard scratching post
Grooming ToolsBrush, nail clippers, gentle shampoo
Collar and IDCollar with ID tag containing contact information
CarrierSturdy carrier for transportation and vet visits
Vet SuppliesFlea/tick prevention, deworming meds, health supplies

When preparing for a new kitten, there are several essentials to have on hand. These include food and water bowls, high-quality kitten food, a litter box with litter and cleaning tools, comfortable bedding, a variety of toys for mental stimulation, a scratching post to satisfy their scratching instincts, grooming tools for coat maintenance, a collar with identification, a sturdy carrier for transportation, and essential vet supplies for their health needs. These items ensure your kitten feels comfortable, safe, and well-cared for in their new home.

Health and Safety

  • Schedule a vet visit: Book an appointment with a veterinarian for a health check-up, vaccinations, and advice on flea and tick prevention. With Finnegan, I scheduled a vet appointment shortly after bringing him home. The vet provided valuable guidance on his diet and care.
  • ID and microchipping: Consider getting your kitten microchipped and fitted with an ID tag in case they ever get lost. Finnegan now has a personalized ID tag on his collar. It’s a small investment for peace of mind.

Welcoming Your Kitten Home

If you want to know what to do the very first night with your kitten, check out my blog post: What Should I Do With My Kitten On The First Night?

  • Gradual introduction: When you bring your kitten home, allow them time to explore their space at their own pace. Be patient and let them come to you. When Finnegan arrived, I sat quietly in his room, allowing him to approach me. It helped build trust between us.
  • Play and bonding: Spend quality time playing with your kitten using toys. Bonding activities like gentle petting and talking create a strong connection. Finnegan and I bonded over interactive play sessions with feather toys and laser pointers. These moments strengthened our bond.

If you’re wondering what to do on your kitten’s first night, I’m here to help. I’ve learned a lot about caring for these adorable creatures over the years, and I’m happy to share what I know.

One crucial thing for your kitten’s comfort and safety is providing a designated sleeping space – a cozy haven I call a “kitty lodge.” This spot will give your new furry friend a sense of security, somewhere to rest, play, and feel at home. Let’s embark on this adventure together, ensuring your kitten thrives every step of the way.

Different considerations for different ages and types are essential for the new cat owner to be aware of. Preparing your home for a new cat will help the transition be smooth and fun.

When adopting a kitten (or two), making your home ‘kitten ready’ can help the feline. Preparing for a kitten can also ensure the entire family has a wonderful time!

Prepare for Your New Kitten

Before bringing home a new kitten, researching local veterinarians.

Find one you are comfortable with and trust. The veterinarian should be able to communicate and understand the needs of the kitten.

The veterinarian will start the kitten’s vaccination series during the thorough exam.

Your new cat vet will also recommend feeding, microchipping, parasite control, socialization, and spaying/neutering.

If the kitten gets sick, the veterinarian can also provide care.

It is recommended to have a go-to emergency clinic number stored in the phone in case of after-hour emergencies.

Many emergency clinics are open 24 hours, but if there is not one near, find one that can work with the schedule.

What do I need before my new kitten comes home?

Getting organized can be one of the best ways to prepare for a new kitten.

Lists, lists and more lists can help you not only get organized, but stay organized.

Start a kitten to-do list with the kitty supplies on one side and the action items you will need to take. You will want all the essentials on your kitty supply list like kitten food, cat scratcher, toys, and litter.

If your home is already blessed with a cat(s) be sure to buy enough litter boxes to add to your growing feline family.

RELATED: Feline Preparation: Why Making a Kitten Essentials List is Crucial Before Bringing Your Furry Bundle Home

The rule of thumb for litter boxes is to have at least one more litter box than you have cats.

On your kitty action list you will want to include, ‘organize cords’, ‘secure cabinets’ and of course ‘remove all breakables from shelves’.

Kittens are high energy and easily excitable. What is obvious to us to be a delicate piece of art could be a swatting playground for your kitten!

Simply putting together a list will also help you feel more prepared and give you the confidence to feel comfortable welcoming the little fur ball into your safe and fun environment.

Welcome to the wonderful world of kitten ownership! Preparing for a new kitten is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit daunting. To make your transition as seamless as possible, here are some tips for getting your home ready to welcome your new family member.

Safety first

Make sure your home is kitten-proofed by covering electrical outlets and keeping cords and other hazardous items out of reach. Place any poisonous plants or chemicals in a secure area where your kitten can’t access them.

Gather supplies

You will need to purchase a few essential items such as litter, food, toys, and a set of nail clippers. Check with your vet for the best food and litter for your new kitty.

Set up a cat room

Designate a small baby kitten room or area for your kitten to call their own. Include items such as cat scratchers, posts, and a condo to give them plenty of places to explore and play. Make sure the room has plenty of windows for natural light and lots of soft bedding for snuggling.

RELATED: Super Easy Tips For Making A Small Cat Room Feel Bigger Instantly

Build relationships

Bonding with your new kitten is important. Spend time with them every day, talking to them, petting them, and playing with them.

Monitor

Monitor your kitten’s movements and behavior to ensure they are adjusting well to their new home. If you notice any signs of stress or illness, contact your vet right away.

By following these steps, you can create an environment that will make your new kitten feel safe and secure.

Enjoy your new furry companion!

RELEVANT: The Second Life Cycle of a Cat: Adolescent (6-12 months)

Cat Bed and Nest

There is no doubt, kittens are high-strung balls of fire, but they also need and cherish their catnaps, even as babies. Can you believe they sleep up to 18 hours a day! That is a lot of sleeping! Making your kitten little nests to curl up and snooze safely will give them the chance to get the much needed rest they will have to take. Putting cozy blankets out for them to snuggle on is a great way to get them sleepy but in eye shot so you can adore your kitten even while she is in dreamland.

RELATED: Why Does My Kitten Make Biscuits?

Blue Pet Cave

Dharma Dog Karma Cat has some of the most snuggly catnap nests you can find! Not only are they made of wool so your kitten will be especially comfortable, these nests are gorgeous. Accenting your home with nap nests this stunning will make you and your new kitten purr!

The nests are perfect for kittens too because they are machine washable. If your kitten has an accident in her nest, no worries, toss it in the washer and re-mold it when you take it out. The nests are also made of lanolin oil that is ideal for kittens to knead because it reminds them of their mother’s fur.
Having napping space for your kitten is key to your cat’s overall well being.

Kitten Safety Pack

There are many ways your kitten could find himself in the line of danger. Kittens are curious and can get into dangerous situations, which unfortunately can lead to injuries.

Hopefully nothing will happen, but being prepared will not only give you peace of mind, you’ll be ready to jump into action if your kitten needs help right away.

Putting together a safety pack will be a real blessing in times of trouble.

Be sure to include a carrier and a safe haven for your kitten to spend time in comfortably in the event you need to perhaps evacuate from your home.

If you find yourself in a hotel or even in your car for an extended time due to a natural disaster or home fire, you will want to have a safe space for you kitten.

The Kritter Kommunity Pet Lodge is an ideal safe haven for your pet because it pops open in seconds. In addition, the Pet Lodge has pockets for you to keep your kitten’s supplies. A shoulder strap makes it easy to carry and the

Pet Lodge even comes with anchors for the ground if you will be outside; the anchors will add some more stability.

The Pet Lodge is great for traveling long distances if you go by plane because the clear side pouch can hold your contact information so you can check it if you are getting on a flight.

In addition to a pet pen, you will want to have a few packets of food, cans of food and a few toys to keep your kitten as comfortable as possible while she is displaced from her regular environment.

The emergency pack should also act as a first aid kit for your new kitten so be sure to have the following in a special baggy even a clear large Ziploc baggy would be great!

• Gauze Tape and Roll
• Bandages
• Tweezers and Scissors (Clippers)
• Antiseptic Wipes
• Emergency Blanket
• Small Flash Light
• Disposable Gloves
• Ice Pack

Be sure to print out a list of contact names you may need if your kitten is injured or displaced such as your veterinarian, cat sitter and an emergency contact. Keep one copy of the contact list handy (perhaps on your fridge) and keep one copy in your kit.

Concluding Purrs: New Kitten

When it comes to toys for your new kitten, it’s essential to be mindful of the materials they are made of. Opt for delicate items that lack any hard points that could break off.

Christmas tree ornaments, buttons, beads, paper clips, and any other item small enough to be swallowed should be avoided. Kittens eating these items could lead to serious digestive issues.

Furthermore, avoid children’s toys made of soft rubber, fur, wool, sponge, or polyurethane.

Squeakers are also a no-go as they are easily swallowable. Keep your furry friend safe by following these tips!

If you take these steps prior to picking up your new kitten, you will have so much more mental and emotional peace to enjoy the little ball of furry fire now and as she grows up!

And now I leave you with a poem for your new baby kitten!

🐾 Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC! 🏡 She’s got a dapper tuxedo cat who’s been her sidekick since he was a tiny furball. 🐱 Before Finnegan came along, Lisa cared for two FIV-positive cats for over ten years! 🌟 Their love inspired her to create a cat enclosure and a portable catio, giving kitties the purrfect spot to bask in the sun and feel the breeze. ☀️🌿

As a kid, Lisa shared her home with a Poodle and a chirpy parakeet! 🐩🐦

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