Bringing home a new kitten isn’t usually quite as simple as just bringing them home and setting them loose. You should consider the safety of their new environment as well as the things you will need to create a safe and happy home for kittens.
Things you will need:
Food & Water
- Ideally, one food/water station per cat. Feed a quality kitten food until 8-10 months of age at which time you can gradually change to an adult version.
- Food and water should be separate not only from each other but from litter boxes (ideally all in separate rooms).
- Ideally offer both wet and dry foods. Wet food is actually the best/more natural choice for cats as it is mostly protein and little carbohydrates (whereas dry is the exact opposite). There may come a time in your cat’s life when wet food would be the only thing we would want them to eat; the more familiar they are with this the better.
- Ideally 1 box per cat plus 1 (if you have 2 cats, then should have 3 litter boxes, 3 cats, 4 boxes, etc.) placed in different, quiet areas of the home.
- Size of the box should be 1 ½ times the length of the adult cat (excluding the tail).
- Most cats prefer fine grained clumping litter.
- Generally 3” of litter is sufficient.
- Scoop daily and totally change/clean with mild cleaner (like ivory soap) weekly.
- Scratching posts: Scratching is a natural cat behavior. Cats scratch not only to keep their claws trim/sharp but also as a means of communication. Experiment with location and material. Some cats prefer sisal rope, others cardboard or carpet. Some prefer vertically placed areas while others may like horizontal surfaces.
- Toys: Hunting is a natural cat behavior. Since indoor cats do not have to hunt for their food they need other outlets to satisfy this natural behavior. Try different types of toys to elicit various instincts:
- Wand toys (things that dangle with feathers or strings)
- Light toys (lasers, and even some computer games)
- Things that make sound (things that squeak and jitter)
- Small furry toys (like mice)
- Simple household things like: crumpled up balls of paper, the plastic ring off of milk jugs, the center roll from toilet paper or paper towels
- Kitten Proofing: Kittens get into everything! Make sure that any elastics, string/yarn and small items such as earplugs are kept out of reach so your kitten does not swallow them and get into trouble! Check out this ASPCA link to see a lis of toxic plants.