A mini message before we get into our regular post: Owning, caring and raising a kitten is not an easy job. They demand time, energy, lots of love and most of all attention! Please consider all this before you adopt a kitten, remember they can live up to 20 years old. If you are thinking about adopting a kitten or cat please consider rescuing one from a shelter or the S.P.C.A, rather then buying one from a store. Rescue kittens come with so many benefits, some that you might not find at a pet store. For more information and to find your local shelter go here.
So you’ve decided to adopt a kitten? Let me tell you my story!
Kittens are fun, loving and make for one amazing companion. As you may know from my previous posts, I myself have 2 cats currently a Kitten and an adult cat. I have also grown up with many rescue cats over the last 20 years and couldn’t imagine my life any other way. Now, growing up with cats and adopting a kitten are two very different things, I have learned this since going through the adoption process. Our now adult cat Mooky came with many issues and troubles. He was abandoned young, outside and with no mother, he had a rough life to say the least. We adopted him when he was just a tiny kitten and not realizing that he might needed some extra caution he unfortunately became aggressive towards me and anxiety filled. Luckily, with help from our vet and some natural remedies he has turned out to be a wonderful male cat, who loves to sleep and be upside down as much as possible.
Next came Marley. We adopted her in May of this year and she has been a completely different experience then Mooky was. When we picked her up to take her home, they had warned us that she had been spayed the night before and would need to rest due to her stitches. Well, I guess Marley had other plans because by the time we open the door to her kennel she was jumping and playing like she didn’t just have surgery the morning before. Life for Marley hasn’t really changed since that day. She is lovable, cuddly and most of she keeps us laughing with her crazy moves. More on her later.
- Bringing Kitten Home: There are a few necessities that need to be purchased PRIOR to bringing kitten home. Litter box/litter, a cozy bed, food/food and water bowls, scratching post and most importantly a cat carrier to bring kitten home.
- Kitten proofing: Start by walking around the house and surveying anything a kitten could get into, tangled up or potentially eat. Move or store all of those items until you get an idea of what your kitten will get into.
- A Starting Place: Kittens can get overwhelmed quickly, so it is important to let them figure out rooms one at a time. Start by setting up your kitten in a small room (bathroom, closet etc.)and make sure all it’s things are in that room. As the kitten gets more comfortable start introducing rooms one at a time. Make sure to monitor the kitten and watch out for what it might get into (They get into EVERYTHING).
- Lonely Nights: The first few nights can be tough on a small kitten, luckily there are things you can do to make the transition easier. A hot water bottle wrapped in a blanket will help with any separation anxiety or a ticking clock.
- Introducing Other Siblings: Whether it be kids, other cats or dogs the kitten will need time to adjust. Make sure introductions are done slowly and quietly as not to scare the kitten on the first meeting. There are some great articles on the web about the proper way to introduce new elements and people.
- Support: Last but not least, make sure you have a good vet in place prior to adopting. It can be so helpful to have some support when you are bringing home a new pet and it’s great to be able to ask questions to a professional. Until recently we didn’t have a great vet and to be honest I don’t know how we lived without her help before.
*If you have any questions about adopting a kitten/cat or need any advice dealing with a cat who has anxiety issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or through social media. *
Bonus: A Marley Update!