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Five Ways to Make Your Home Ready for a New Kitten

Congratulations! You’re the proud pet parent of an adorable new kitten. But before you bring your new kitten home, there are a few things you should know. Consult these tips to make sure your home is ready for your furry bundle of joy.

  1. Set up a suitable place—or several—for a catnap

    Cats sleep. A lot. Up to 15 hours a day on average, so yours is going to spend a lot of time napping in this special space. 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.

  2. Provide a private potty

    It’s important that your kitten’s litter box is located in a convenient spot, but that it is not close to their food and water stations. Cats do not like that smell near their food, and can you blame them? You should also make sure that if you have another cat, your new kitten has its own kitten litter box. The rule of thumb, says the American Association of Feline Practitioners, is one litter box per cat, plus one.

  3. Poison-proof your pad

    We all know what they say about cats and curiosity. In order to avoid poison pitfalls, keep harmful items out of reach. The ASPCA has tagged the following as worthy of extra attention in your home: citronella candles, flea products, vitamins, rat and mouse bait, mothballs, liquid potpourri and fabric softener sheets.

  4. Stock up on toys

    Cats love to stalk, chase and pounce. According to our experts, a two-week-old kitten already has a natural desire to play with toys. Provide plenty of toys, such as toy fishing poles, catnip toys, stuffed animals and feathered strings to keep your kitten physically fit and mentally alert.

  5. Save your beautiful couch

    A cat’s claws need to be worn down, so unless you want your furniture shredded, it’s best to provide an approved scratching space early on. There are a variety of options available 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.