The first days of a kitten in a new house - how to help a baby get used to a new environment
So, you have made all the necessary preparations, and in the house everything is ready for the solemn meeting of the new household. This is an important point, and your excitement is quite understandable, but excessive enthusiasm should be slightly “muffled” so as not to create additional stress for the kitten. Indeed, surely, having found himself in a new environment, away from mother and brothers, the baby will be nervous.
It is wonderful if in the first days of the kitten in the new house the baby will have the opportunity to take shelter if desired in a quiet place. But at the same time, the kitten should have access to everything you need: a tray, a stove bench, water and feed.
Take from the breeder a piece of the bedding from your home and put it on the couch. The kid will inhale a familiar smell, and this will give him confidence and optimism.
Think in advance what places are fraught with danger. For example, poisonous household chemicals are often stored in the bathroom. Restrict access to the kitten from the first day. The same applies to hostel rules. If you are at once a few solid “No!” stop attempts to climb the curtains, subsequently you do not have to conduct long and tiring discussions on this topic.
If you plan to keep the cat indoors, do not let it slip out. If you have a well-fenced garden (or you do not leave your pet there unattended), you can let the cat, when she gets used to the house, walk there. However, make sure that you use only natural fertilizers and that your pet will not like pesticides or herbicides and that there is no poison for rodents.
Some owners put a mechanical watch next to the kitten’s bed (just not an alarm clock!) Their ticking, reminiscent of a heartbeat, calms the baby.
If a new pet, frightened, climbed to the top or hid in a shelter, do not try to pull it out by force. You just make him even more nervous. Try to lure the cat with a treat or just leave it alone for a while - when it calms down, it will come out by itself.
In the early days of a kitten in a new house, do not be intrusive, but be nearby when the kitten copes with shyness and dares to make a closer acquaintance with you or explore new territories.
As the kitten gets used to you, take it in your hands more and more often. But not for the scruff! Yes, his mother did just that, but you are not a cat, and you can inadvertently harm a baby. The kitten is taken with one hand under the breast, with the other under the hind legs.
If you notice that the new pet is worried (jerking its tail, spinning its ears or holding it, catches its hand with its front paws, releasing its claws), it is better to leave it alone. In matters of taming, more is not better.
Show a little patience in the first days of a kitten in a new house, and soon the pet will become a wonderful friend and companion for you.