The moment you were waiting for has finally arrived – welcoming your new and whiskered friend into your home. The first few weeks are critical for setting the foundations for living together.
If you have never had a cat before, you will surely have questions about how to condition your house or how to train this cuddly flatmate. In order to make everything run smoothly, here are some tips to welcoming your new kitten.
A good way to start is to prepare a welcome kit to your home. Helping your cat find their own objects and corners will be one of your first points of contact.
The welcome kit
For the welcome kit to be perfect, we recommend including: a litter box, nail scratcher, soft basket, grooming and petting mitts, toys and a travel bag or basket.
Place the litter box in an area that is quite far away from where your cat will eat or sleep.
The nail scratcher can be placed next to their bed, so they can use it when they get up and stretch.
And if your new cat is an adult, ideally you should have the bed they used to sleep in before and get to know their food preferences; this will make them more comfortable.
It is advisable to welcome a new cat when you have time to spend with them and help them adapt to their new home. If you have the chance, bring them home over the weekend or when you have some time off. And be patient: adapting to a newly shared living space is a complex process for you, and for your cat, too.
Let your cat explore your entire house, especially if they are still just a kitten. They will be inspecting and roaming around all day long, so try to keep them away from anything that might be dangerous: knives, blunt or valuable objects, cables, cleaning products, open windows, flower pots... as if they were a small child.
Beware of poisonous plants
If you have plants or a garden, one of the first things you must do is check that none of them are amongst the most toxic species for cats, like:
And finally, the most important tip of all: enjoy your first few days with your kitty!!