5 Steps to Take When Adopting a Kitten
Adopting a kitten is a great way to expand your family and cultivate another beautiful and loving relationship. People who have welcomed cats into their family have been shown to be happier and live longer. In fact, science says that even petting a cat can have lingering effects, such as boosting your mood. After all, who doesn’t feel that their day can’t get any better after meeting a friendly feline? Let’s take a look at some of the top things to keep in mind when you begin the process of adopting your next furry family member.
Preparing Your Home
We all know you have the love in your heart ready and waiting to shower them, but there are other key things to keep in mind for getting your home ready for it’s newest resident and ruler.
- Secure Your Breakables: Cats are natural explorers. You will want to make sure that there are no loose items that could easily be knocked over to break – risking harm to them or anyone else in your house. This can include items that are on ledges, shelves, or small tables. Keeping them out of the little explorer’s path until they’re more aware and have established their boundaries is a great way to keep them safe.
- Checking for Dangerous Toxins: Did you know that lilies are extremely toxic to cats? What about onions and garlic? Consulting the humane society’s guide on toxic plants, or enlisting the help of a trusted veterinarian will be a surefire way to ensure that your home is going to be free of hidden dangers. Make sure all chemicals and pest traps are kept secure, where curious kitties won’t be able to find them.
- Getting the Basics: We all need our creature comforts, but these critters have some requirements you want to have one hand before they come over. Make sure that you have an appropriate litter box, as well as a cat tree for them to feel safe in.
Understanding the Introductions
Next we will need to take the time to learn about acclimating them to your home. That would be simply too much to cover in this brief little guide, but there are countless resources out there to help – that’s because each home is different. Some may have children or other pets in the home and that would change a few key factors.
Additionally, you will want to make sure that you can set aside the time needed to slowly introduce them to the house. Those who may live with you will also need to be briefed on the rules that will be set to help the newest guest adjust to their home. This may mean instructing them to leave certain doors shut, and a reminder to not put too much pressure on the kitten to socialize if they aren’t comfortable yet.
Review their Individual Needs
Just like us, no two cats are exactly alike. You will want to make sure that their needs can mesh up with what you can provide them. Let’s take a look at some things you will need to consider.
- Breed Specifics: Knowing what the different breeds need is a great way of making sure that you’ll be able to take the best care of your new companion. This includes grooming requirements as well what their biology dictates their energy and stimulation needs to be.
- Home Requirements: Some kitties just don’t get along well with others of their kind. Others may, not with dogs or children. It’s important to review the listed needs of each kitten to make sure that they will be happy and comfortable with you.
Make Contingency Plans
You never know when something might make you leave urgently. Making sure that you are aware of your local boarding facilities, their costs, and their requirements for staying is vital to ensuring that your kitten will always be able to receive the care they need. Alternatively, you may also check in with trusted people who can serve as a pet sitter – either in-home or away.
You will also want to know your nearest emergency veterinary hospital. Do keep in mind, while emergency vets are hard-working professionals, they are not a substitute for routine care and can sometimes offer large fees. That brings us to our next topic.
Prepare For Health Needs
Finding a veterinary professional that you feel works well for you can typically be done by checking online reviews or seeking word of mouth. Pay special attention to the notes regarding their personality to ensure that your needs – whether you want someone who will tell you how it is, or someone very tactful – will be met.
When it comes to the many costs – those foreseen and unplanned – comprehensive kitten insurance can help you save a lot of money in upfront fees. These can include spay or neuter, routine care, or even covering emergencies.
It’s important to be able to give your kitten the best and prepare them for a long life together. That’s why you’re reading this article after all! Just remember to take things one step at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have one of the best friends you can ever make.