How to welcome a kitten at home?


Overnight, the kitten leaves its birth family to reach a place unknown populated by people who are totally foreign to it. The little feline has something to feel confused and sad. To spare him too much upheaval, you can weave a cocoon for him in which he will immediately feel comfortable. Our advice for accommodating your furball in ideal conditions.

The installation of the kitten in its new home

Do not wait until your kitten is at home to install all the accessories that will be needed. Prepare in advance so that you don’t rush to buy items that ultimately won’t fit and will need to be changed. Then install all of its objects in suitable places, so that your furball takes its place as quickly as possible. landmarks. Plan:

  • Her dining area with a bowl for the croquettes and a second for fresh and clean water to be renewed every day. Prefer glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers. The plastic can impregnate food and water with an unpleasant taste to which cats are very sensitive. In addition, plastic is damaged more quickly (scratches, cropped edges, etc.) and its lightness can cause the bowl to move when the animal eats or drinks;
  • A place of ease with its litter box that you will preferably choose with low edges, adapted to its size. Keep him away from his dining area because cats do not like to relieve themselves near their bowls. Place it in a quiet, ventilated place away from looks. Ban scented litters, containing chemicals and toxic;
  • A rest area with a machine washable basket, cushion, blanket or blanket for easy cleaning. His bed must be in a corner quietaway from litter, drafts and high-traffic areas because the kitten will spend a lot of time there (between 16 and 20 hours per day);
  • A play area with scratching post, high observation post, hiding places and cat tree. Also provide him with several toys with which he can play alone and with you. Playful activity is essential for development and its balance.

Securing the premises for the kitten

The kitten is naturally curious and will seek from its arrival to explore every square meter of its new home. At his age, he is also very playful and will be tempted to nibble whatever is under his muzzle. So make sure to secure the premises by protecting the electric wires, by hiding valuable or dangerous objects, by keeping them out of reach. plants which can be toxic. Also watch out for open windows.

Kitten: discovering its new environment

Just before the little feline enters your home, it is possible to broadcast pheromones soothing in the house with the help of a spray. When you put down the transport crate, open the door and let your kitten go as she pleases. If he doesn’t want to get out right away, don’t force him. When he puts his nose outside, immediately tell him where his bowls. Pour a little kibble and offer to eat some. Also show him the litter box and scrape the sand a little to make him understand what it is. He will then begin to explore the territory. Let him move from room to room while keeping an eye on him. Always provide your transport crate opened so that he can take refuge there if necessary.

Introducing the kitten to its new family

When your cat feels comfortable at home and dares to approach you, slowly extend your hand so that he can smell your odour. Caress him gently to allay his fears. When he has accepted you, you can consider introducing him to other family members. At this point, suppress the urge to manipulate in all directions to cuddle him, avoid outpouring of joy, screams likely to frighten him. If other animals live under your roof, this again will be a matter of proceeding smoothly. Time will be needed to get to know each other and tame. If the tensions turn to confrontation, temporarily isolate the animals. When they are used to the smell, the noises and the presence of each other, make a first contact, while offering the possibility for everyone to take refuge in a place secured. Wait for relationships to be serene to let them come together for good in the home.

The kitten’s first meal and first night

Concerning I’food, it is necessary to keep the one that was distributed to him in his previous domicile. By keeping his eating habits, you will prevent your kitten from feeling more confused and suffering from digestive disorders linked to a sudden change in food. Allow a few days of transition food to acclimate it to its new menu. Regarding the first night, the kitten may feel destabilized far from its mother and siblings. Having lost his bearings, the little feline is likely to cry when he finds himself in the dark. If you are tempted to invite him into your bed, try to resist because this habit is likely to last. Without any reaction from you, your hairball will understand in a few days that it needs to be asleep. only.

The health of the kitten coming home

In the days following the arrival of the kitten at home, it will be necessary to take it to the veterinary to carry out a first assessment. This consultation will be an opportunity to establish the protocol of deworming. As a reminder, a kitten must be dewormed every 2 weeks until the age of 3 months, then once a month until it is 6 months old. The rate then changes to twice a year. You will take advantage of this first visit to set up the vaccine schedule. If vaccination is not compulsory, it is essential for the feline against diseases very serious, even if he does not live outside. Depending on your kitten’s lifestyle, the vet will give you vaccine recommendations adapted in his case.