Preparing for your kitten’s arrival
Getting ready for your kitten
How to kitten-proof your house
1. Toxic houseplants
There are some houseplants, like lilies, for instance, that can be toxic for your cat. Ask your vet for a full list and, ideally, remove them from the house before the arrival of the kitten.
2. Toilets and bins
To prevent your kitten falling into your toilets or bins, make sure you keep the lids down. Also keep your kitten away from bin bag strings as they may become tangled in them or swallow them.
3. Dangerous substances
Make sure medicines, cleaning products and other toxic substances are stored safely away. Some flea treatments for dogs are dangerous for cats and antifreeze is particularly lethal for them.
4. Hiding places
Kittens tend to hide in places like laundry baskets, tumble driers and under furniture. Spot the places where your kitten’s likely to hide and either block them off or be careful as you move around your home to make sure they don’t get trapped.
5. Electrical cables and sockets
To prevent your kitten from chewing on cables or getting tangled in wires, hide them away by using covers or cable ties. Also remember to shield plug sockets with covers.
6. Poisonous foods
Some of the foods that are healthy or enjoyable for humans can be poisonous for cats or cause digestive issues. These include onions, garlic, raw eggs, raw meat, chocolate, cow’s milk, grapes and raisins. So keep your food out of your kitten’s reach and make sure your family knows they should only feed them kitten food.
7. Small objects
Put away any small items, such as buttons or children’s toys, that your kitten could swallow. Also be careful not to leave plastic bags or foam objects around as your kitten may chew on them and choke.
Find suitable covers for any electric hot plates and keep your kitten away from the iron. Also make sure they can’t get near an open flame, such as on a fire or gas ring, as their fur might set alight.
Cats don’t always have time to land on their feet if they fall and, even if they do, they may fracture bones. So don’t let your kitten upstairs initially and keep windows closed or screened. Also restrict access to balconies or fit them with a protective mesh.
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The best kitten food to begin with
Your kitten’s digestive system will be very sensitive, so changing their diet suddenly could give them an upset stomach and may even make them wary of their food. At first, it’s best to give them the same diet their previous owner gave them.
Choosing the right food for your kitten is crucial as it’s essential for their health and development. As they grow, they need a precise balance of nutrients at each stage, including protein, vitamins and minerals.
How to switch to new kitten food
A few days after your kitten's arrival, you will be able to gradually introduce them to new food. When switching to a new kitten food, make sure you take it slowly over a week-long period.
Preparing your family and pets for your kitten
Kittens can easily be overwhelmed or even terrified by encounters with other animals and people, so it’s vital you prepare everyone in your household in the right way.Preparing your family