Welcoming a new cat or kitten into the family can be an incredibly exciting experience. Any animal lover will attest to the fact that pets greatly enrich our lives and quickly become a much-loved and irreplaceable member of the family. With this in mind, in preparation for bringing your new bundle of fluff home, there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration. Planning carefully will ensure your cat has a happy and healthy life in it’s new home and that the move is as stress free as possible.
Cat proof your house
Cats are notoriously curious and like to hide in small and confined spaces, especially if they are startled or scared. Make efforts to plug small gaps and cubbyholes such as behind appliances to prevent your new cat getting lost or stuck. Try to tuck electrical cables away and be mindful of the strings on blinds, as these can be dangerous if your cat gets tangled. It is also essential to remove small objects that may present a choking hazard if they are swallowed.
Create a safe and secure environment
Provide your cat with a comfy and cosy place to sleep that is free from noise and bother from other pets. Beds are often best placed high, as cats like to climb and often feel safe and secure away from the ground.
Keep your cat inside
Even if you are planning for you cat to be allowed outdoors, it is sensible to keep it inside for at least two weeks so that it can become familiar with its surroundings. If you have a cat flap ensure it is sealed shut and that open windows and doors are kept closed.
Microchip your cat
Sometimes even the best made plans don’t come to fruition and your cat may managed to escape the confines of your home before you had planned. Prepare for all eventualities and ensure that your cat has appropriate identification so it can be safely returned to your home if it gets lost. Microchipping is the best method and is a quick procedure that lasts a lifetime. At the very least ensure your cat is wearing a collar with an identification tag containing a contact telephone number. We recommend breakaway collars that detach should your cat get caught.
Ensure you have access to a carry basket
Bringing your cat home is a wonderful experience but care needs to be taken to transport them safely in a way that causes as little distress as possible. A carry basket is the best option as it will help contain your cat during the journey. Often this can be a nerve wracking experience, so help to keep your cat calm by lining the basket with a blanket that has a familiar scent.
Remove anything toxic
There are a number of seemingly innocent household items that can be potentially lethal to cats if ingested. Some plants such as lilies, ivy and azaleas are particularly dangerous. Also, make sure that domestic products that contain harmful chemicals are kept in a safe place out of reach. These include items such as cleaning fluids and slug pellets.
Register with a trusted vet
Register your kitten a cat with a trusted vet as soon as it is home. They will be able to check your cat’s general health and advise you on necessary vaccinations. Your vet will also be able to provide expert guidance on maintaining your cats ongoing health and advise on neutering, flea treatments and worming. Signing up to an ongoing plan, such as our Pet Health Club will ensure that all preventative care measures are undertaken.
Get peace of mind from pet insurance
Like all animals, cats and kittens can sometimes get themselves in a bit of bother. It is always best to be prepared for such eventualities and have appropriate insurance cover in place to cover veterinary expenses. These can be relatively inexpensive and can often be paid monthly to ease financial burden.
Set up your cats things
Choose an area of your home such as the kitchen or utility room that is suitable for your bet to eat, drink and go to the toilet. Having a consistent place to feed will help your cat settle in and become familiar with your home.
Pick out a selection of toys
Play is a great way to bond with your new pet and can provide mental and physical stimulation that will help prevent boredom. Prior to collecting your new cat purchase a selection of toys to help keep them entertained. Scratch posts are also essential as they provide your cat with a special place to scratch their claws, which keeps them healthy and in good condition.