Getting two kittens Friday. Advice?
I'm getting two kittens Friday. They are sisters, and 16 weeks old. The previous owner is dropping them off at my house, and I be wondering what advice you might have on things to get, tips, etc.. Thank you sooo much!
Loads of hugs and food.
Litter box, litter, scoop, food, food dish, wet dish, food dish, toys, beds (although they may go ignored), brush (get them in the dependence young!), schedule an appt. for the vet: shots, heartworm and flea protection.
Oh yes, and lots of love!
Do not disturb them.
They obligation to get used to the house by themselves.
When you give them food, give them a bit more so that they can hold some to snack on later on.
Make a nice blanket type bed for them in a cozy warm corner.
If they come to you, hang on to them with you.
Don't make them come to you.
Hope that helped. Good luck!!
Get a litter box
some toys (dollar store cat toys)
close your bathroom doors ( kittens hold a habit of going in the tub and some do drown if the tub leak
let them go discover the surroundings
they will love adjectives of that and you loving them and adopting them to a great family that is YOU!
Alright, so i'll guess i'll let you know that for every cat you have you should have that oodles litter boxes, plus one. So you need three litter boxes. Don't put them all over the house, keep them within one room.
What i do is put 5 littler boxes in the baement and i also keep a small food dish down there next to them so they eat around 5 AM and whenever they want downstairs.
If you have adult cats around produce sure they don't eat the kitten food!! That's very hugely crucial. It could give the cats mats and they gain A LOTT of wait.. Just an FYI, mat could kill your cat if they get too lots. So if your kitten does get mats try brushing them out, shaving the cat, bathing the cat, or lately cutting out a patch of fur the mats are in.
For little kittens beside claws BUY A LOT OF TOYS!! Seriously, my first cats were so un occupied they decided it would be fun to climb up my posterior when i was sitting on the floor plying with them.. and they weren't declawed. So, it's good to take your cat declawed (if you don't like pain) My cats like the long ropes tied on the sticks... :]
As you probably know, out door cats are veryyy unhealthy.. They bring contained by fleas and diseases from other animals..
Lots of toys. Particularly toys that make noise.
A litterbox. At first, put the box where on earth THEY want to go, not where YOU want them to go. I well-educated that real quick. After they have familiar to the litterbox, you can move it somewhere else.
Kittens will get into everything, just like puppies and children. Keep wires and chords out of arrive at if you can.
Kittens like to play. They can be rowdy. Try and put them on a sleeping schedule similar to you'd do to a baby. If it is the middle of the day and they want to sleep, play with them so they will sleep after that at night so you can get a peaceful night's sleep.
They might try experimenting beside their claws, aka scratching your 900$ leather sofa. There's something called, I think, sticky paw that will keep them at bay. (cats don't like sticky things on their foot. Of course, who does?) You can get lots of different materials for them to scratch on. Cardboard, old pieces of mat, paper, etc.
I 999% recommend do not put them outside. They are young. No cat should be an external cat. It is dangerous for them.
Enjoy your new babies and good luck with them.
Let them adjust to you and that room first for a while...a light of day or so? If they seem to be doing well and not acting freaked out, you may be able to permit them out of that room earlier.
After, introduce them to the rest of the house. The reason to not put them loose in the house at first is that they stipulation to familiarize themselves for a bit...they will go hiding somewhere and you might have a rock-hard time finding them and then they won't be near their kitty box and nourishment and such.
this method of introducing them to a untried environment usually works well. Don't leave them within the dark in the enclosed room though..freshly not nice.. :o)
but i recommend already have a litter box, and have moist food, its all they can eat for a while. you hold to work your way into being able to nurture them dry food. Also, if you think its necessary they provide "kitty bottles" which you can use if they are still nursing.
you are going to want to set them up in one room of your house for a short time of year of time. This is called a "safe room" and it is safest for them and for you. Kittens are always underfoot or into things. Having a kitten proof room will assistance. put them in there when you can't watch them closely for the first few days.
Once they hold free run of the house, you'll want to put litter boxes around the house. Just something shallow with a little litter in it. Why? young at heart kittens are like toilet training toddlers, they play and play until they have to go NOW!! have boxes around will reinforce litter training, and save you some aggravation. As they grow (between 6-9 months) you can eliminate boxes, and have basically the three you are going to keep (why three? cause the rule of thumb for happy cats is one box per cat plus one)
you'll also want to take a scratching post that is *at least* as tall as your hip. Cats close to big solid sturdy objects to scratch on which is why cats have the reputation of liking sofas. you can procure great deals on Ebay.
you'll want to start with the best quality food in a minute. The better the food you feed, the healthier your kitten will be. Check out http://www.catinfo.org a website run by a vet who studies feline nutrition.
Get several scratching posts beside different textures, cats are picky and it is better to give them choices before any issues occur.
Get more than one litter box, one with a lid and one without (or just give somebody a lift the lid off of one. Cats can be picky with this too, and again better to stop the problem from coming up if possible. Use impossible to tell apart litter as the person before, and slowly switch if you don't want to use that brand.
Make an appointment near a vet to get them looked at, catch them up on any vaccinations they may be aft on, and to set up spay appointments if they aren't spayed. if they have gotten vaccination, make sure to get paperwork proving it.
Find out what considerate of food they ate before and start with that. if you want to nurture something else, try and do it slowly or at least have the other stuff on hand surrounded by case they refuse to eat- you don't want to have to try 20 different brands after they starve themselves.
Pick up any small things that the cat may devour, and make sure any chemicals are put away. Pretty much whether it can fit it in its mouth- put it away!
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GET THE SPAYED! if you dont, they can get a disease. they will also attain pregnant, and when in heat, they will try all they can to obtain outside. so even if you think theyre inside and risk-free, theyre not. also get them toys and a scratch post! dont bother with a pet, they wont use it. theyll probably sleep on the sofa or bed.