At this time of year, many kittens are looking forward to going home for the holidays. Many families are also preparing themselves for their new additions. However, many new pet owners do not know how to prepare for a kitten coming into their home. While kittens are great pets, it can be difficult to know exactly what they need or want.
Kitten-Proofing the House
Cats, especially kittens, are extremely playful creatures. Any cat parent will tell you that their pet gets into everything. While you cannot eliminate damages, you can limit them. Start by cleaning up; keep children’s toys, hair bands, jewelry, etc. tidy and in their places. Some debris is more dangerous than others. Loose strings, such as yarn, balloon strings, and thread, can be fatal if ingested. Move anything particularly messy or breakable up high. All plants (particularly toxic plants) should be up high but not on a ledge, as they can fall and leave shards all over the floor.
Common home products can be extremely toxic to pets. Keep all roach or ant traps out of your kitten’s reach, as they contain real poison. Lock all Tylenol (acetaminophen) up; it is also toxic to cats. Cleaners, bleach, and other cleaning products also contain harmful ingredients that will cause major distress to a cat or kitten.
Introduce Them to the Family
While you may feel ready for your new kitten, everyone in your house may not share the sentiment. Children are not always equipped for a kitten. To encourage a safe homecoming, have a long conversation with your children about responsibility. Remind them that kittens are delicate and defensive. If children mishandle them, kittens can lash out or experience injury.
Kittens can seem abrasive to other pets in the house. They are more playful than other cats, and much more moody than dogs or other animals. Monitor their interactions, and limit them if you have to. Eventually, your pets will learn to coexist.
Adopting a Kitten Now
At Claws N Paws, we currently have four kittens up for adoption. All of them were once homeless and have been rescued and fostered since their discovery. They are anxiously awaiting their first homes for the holidays!
At Claws N Paws, we provide grooming services to both dogs and cats. Right next door, our cats-only facility provides boarding services to cats and kittens. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 714-962-1005!