Preparing for a new kitten isn’t that difficult, but it’s important to know what to expect. From food to potty training, it’s up to you to set the rules early on and follow through with them.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Before purchasing your new kitten, make sure (via information from the previous owners or the pet store where you got the kitten) that the kitten is at least 6 weeks old and is litter trained. If the kitten is drinking milk from a saucer, you know he/she is ready to be taken home.
- Keep your litter box and food in an inconspicuous spot, away from foot traffic and rugs that could get soiled. Laundry rooms or little used bathrooms are usually your best bet. Accidents will happen, however, so be prepared with some heavy-duty carpet cleaner.
- If your kitten becomes ill, having an emergency phone number such as Canada 411 handy will reduce your worry and allow you to find a veterinarian with just a click of a button.
- Be prepared to clean out your kitten’s litter box and milk saucer daily.
- Start with moist food for your kitten. Moist food is easier for your kitten to digest.
- Purchase a cat scratcher. If you allow your kitten, as he/she grows, to jump on the kitchen counter or table, climb the curtains, or scratch your furniture, expect that these small injustices will only grow larger with the growth of your kitten.
Preparing for your new kitten is a fun and exciting responsibility.