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A kitten waiting to be adopted to it's new home.

Baby animals win us over. Even the most immoveable people out there are easily warmed by the innocent and playful natures of fuzzy, furry, wide-eyed, uncoordinated baby animals. Kittens are among the most adored baby animals out there, and we simply cannot resist them. This partially explains why many people adopt kittens on impulsive whims before they’ve had a chance to fully prepare. With our go-to guide, you can bring home a new kitten, help them settle in, and set them up for lifelong health and happiness. 

Setting the Scene

The best way to help your new kitten transition from their previous environment to your home is to do it stages. Choose a small, secure room that they can’t escape from. Set up their food/water bowls, litter boxes (the rule is: one box per cat, plus one), bedding, crate or travel kennel (it’s never too early to crate train!), cat tree, scratching post, and toys. 

This will buy you a little time to remove any safety hazards from the rest of the home. Once they show confidence about their new digs you can invite them to explore the rest of the house (or continue to do it stages by cordoning off certain areas or rooms). Be sure that your new kitten won’t be vulnerable to any choking or entanglement risks, toxic plants, household cleaners, medications, and insecure windows or doors.

New Kitten Guard Rails 

After you kitten-proof your home, you’ll still want to keep your kitten’s behavior inside the guard rails. They sure can get a little crazy sometimes! This is well within the lines of normal kitten behavior, but it is important for owners to stay in front of possible injuries. For example, they might like to find your home’s highest surface, but they can get hurt if they fall the wrong way (nope, they don’t always land on their feet!).

Providing them with the right toys can make all the difference to their mischievous antics. After all, a tired kitten is a happy one. Aim for lots of intense playing and exercise together every day. This also helps establish and deepen the bond between kittens and their new owners. Win-win!

Moving Through Life

Your new kitten will benefit from age-appropriate nutrition. Kitten food is a good idea until their first birthday. Also critical to their health and well-being: complete vaccinations, parasite prevention medication, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip, annual wellness exams, and the establishment of a dental care routine all round out the list. 

We recommend setting up a new kitten wellness exam soon after they come home for the first time. We can help you address any possible challenges related to their behavior, nutrition, and their overall needs. 

As your partners in new kitten care, we hope you’ll call the team at Wheaton Animal Hospital at (630) 665-1500. Our Cat-Friendly Practice is always here for your new kitty!

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