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Introducing Your New Kitten to Your Home & Family

Your new kitten has been loving raised underfoot, handled often and has been socialized.  Kittens come with a variety of personalities‐some are shy, some are very outgoing, some are precocious & all are incredibly loving and adorable. Your new kitten has just left their home, their siblings and their mothers. Some have travelled by air and some were fortunate to be driven to their new homes. Sometimes, these experiences can be difficult to traumatic and each individual responds differently.  There are ways to try and make the transition to a new home as smooth as possible.

There are many reputable websites relating to animal introductions. Hopefully, you will find one of these useful:

  1. http://wvcats.com/integrating_kittens_with_cats.htm
  2. http://www.fourpaws.org/pages/adopting_pages/introducing_cats.html

There are a number of recommended steps to make animal introductions as seamless as possible:

  1. Isolation: New kitten should be isolated for a 30 days. This should be the kitten’s ‘safe room’. If you plan to leave your kitten in a large bath area, remember to put curtains out of reach (they do climb). Cleaners should be locked away. Toilet seats and covers need to be down to prevent drowning or accidental bathing. Find a place to store your toilet paper, unless you like confetti. One should cover outlets as with an infant. Store glass and other breakables away from where the kitten can reach them. What seems to be out of reach, is most likely not. We jump, claw, climb and everything is entertaining. Dangerous plants, ribbons that can be a choking hazard, handles on paper bags should be removed, stored away from the kitten. If there are cabinet doors, lazy susan’s, these will need to be secured. Power cords need to be put away. Items that can be swallowed easily, need to be put away, such as change, buttons, marbles, etc. There are plenty of anecdotal stories, as well as very sad ones.
  2. Familiarize your pets with the scents. Litter, beds, towels, scratch posts all carry your kitten’s and your existing pet’s scents. Allow the kitten to study the existing scents and vice versa. This is still without face‐to‐face interactions.
  3. Room Swap. Without physical interaction between the animals, swap rooms for further scent familiarization.
  4. Visual. Allow your pets to get a glimpse of each other momentarily.
  5. Positive Associations are crucial. Positive associations are crucial to building lasting relationships between your pets. One way to do this is to feed them on opposite sides of the door.
  6. Supervised Visits. Begin slowly with highly supervised visits involving food and treats. Remember to separate at any sign of hostility.
  7. Increase the length of supervised visits. Gradually increase the length of visits with supervision, avoiding unsupervised time. Intervention may be necessary to prevent harm.

If there are no other pets, it may still be a good idea for your kitten to get used to one portion of your home before exploring others, in order to keep stress to a minimum and to avoid 'accidents'. This allows them to associate a particular area with a litter box and a feeding area (to be kept separate). Sometimes kittens can get so excited in their explorations that they forget where they left the litter box…so baby steps.

***Please remember that Tiberius Cats is here to assist you. We are a phone call away.

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