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Five Ways to Make Your Home Ready for a New Kitten

Five Things to Prepare Before Bringing Home a Kitten

There’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes with bringing a new kitten home as a proud pet parent. But before introducing your pet to their new home, there are a few things you should know. Consult these tips to make sure you’re well prepared for bringing home a kitten.

Set Up a Suitable Place for a Catnap

Kitten proofing your home means designating places in your pad that are comfortable and safe for your pet, and what better way to start than making a comfy spot for them to lay their head. Cats can sleep up to 15 hours a day on average, so you’ll want to make sure their napping place is a special space just for them. Kittens are used to snuggling up to their moms and siblings for comfort and warmth, so they prefer to curl up in snug areas. Beds lined with soft, warm blankets or towels work best.

Provide a Private Potty

It’s important that your kitten’s litter box is located in a spot that’s both convenient and private, but not close to their food and water stations. Cats do not like that smell near their food, and can you blame them? If you already have another cat, consider giving your new kitten a box of their own, as cats can be territorial and not prone to sharing a litter box. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends one litter box per cat, plus one extra.

Poison-Proof Your Pad

We all know what they say about cats and curiosity. Before bringing a new kitten home, be sure to move items that are poisonous to your pet to a spot that’s out of reach. The ASPCA has tagged the following as worthy of extra attention when cat proofing your house: citronella candles, flea products, vitamins, rat and mouse bait, mothballs, liquid potpourri and fabric softener sheets.

Stock Up on Cat Toys

Cats love to stalk, chase and pounce; developing a natural desire to play with toys by the time they’re just two weeks old. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a variety of cat toys ready for play before bringing home a kitten. Provide plenty of toys for them to choose from, such as toy fishing poles, catnip toys, stuffed animals and feathered strings to keep your kitten physically fit and mentally alert.

Provide a Scratching Post to Save Your Furniture

A cat’s claws need to be worn down, so unless you want your furniture shredded, it’s best to provide a scratching space you approve of early on. There are a variety of options available for your cat to sink their claws into such as carpeted or sisal scratching posts, cardboard scratchers, cat trees, and more! Offering a variety of approved scratching options lessens the chance that your feline friend will have to find one on its own.