You are about to bring your kitten home.
By starting off on the right foot, you can cut short that rocky adjustment period most new relationships go through.
Prepare your kitten carrier before pick-up. Keep it out in your house, so it picks up the scent of your household. We will give you a pad to put inside the carrier with the sent familiar to your kitten. It will help to reduce its stress during transportation.
Your kitten will be curious, confused and excited — all at once — when he reaches its new home. It’s tempting to set it down and let him roam, but he’ll adjust better if you limit his access at first.
If you have other pets in the household, quarantine your new kitten until your veterinarian verifies the good health of the kitten within 72 hours to prevent the potential of sharing parasites or diseases (Failure to do so will result in this health agreement being null and void). It also lets them get accustomed to each other gradually, by sniffing each others' scent from under a door.
Keep him in a small area, such as a guest room, which you can close off with a door or very tall baby gate. Stock his area with a litterbox, bed, toys, food and water dishes. A box, paper bag or other space in which he can hide out is important, too.
Open his carrier and let him come out on his own terms — no matter how desperate you are to see and play with him. He may need as little as 24 hours in his new, safe space or as much as a week or two, depending on his personality.
Provide the same diet at least for the first week or two. We recommend Royal Canin Mother & Babycat Dry Food until your kitten is about 4 months old. Our kittens also love to dig in their mom's and dad's bowl for some Purina Beyond Simply Natural, Adult Dry Cat Food. If you wish to switch to a different flavor or brand, slowly make the switch over one to two weeks, starting with a quarter ration of the new food mixed into the old favorite. From there, increase the ratio of new to old about 10% each day.
Bring your new kitten to a caring veterinarian for a wellness exam within 72 hours after pick-up (Failure to do so will result in this health agreement being null and void). Be aware that during times of stress, such as moving to a new home or meeting new people and animals, kittens can exhibit a variety of symptoms, such as sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, lack of appetite, constipation or diarrhea. This is normal and usually of short duration.
Only gradually give him access to the entire house, once he has become accustomed to you and you’re sure that he has the hang of using the litterbox. Cat-proof your home, put away harsh cleaning products, human medications, household poisons and any poisonous houseplants. Lock away any breakables and remember to keep the toilet lid down.
Cats must scratch, so make sure to provide your new kitten with a sturdy, rough-textured scratching post to save wear and tear on furniture. Cat manicures every ten to fourteen days also help reduce damage.
Go slowly at first. Your kitten may need seven to fourteen days to relax into its new environment. Save meet-and-greets with friends, neighbors and relatives until the cat is eating and eliminating on a normal schedule.
Be sure you play with, teach and interact with your new cat throughout his life. Keeping him mentally and physically active helps ensure that he stays young at heart for many years to come.