Introduction: Dealing With Your Cat's First Night at Home!
There are many things to think about when you take your cat home for it's first night at your home! How do I toilet train it? What should I feed it? Where should it sleep?
I know what your thinking! In this guide I will tell you how to manage toilet-training, feeding, and sleeping arrangements! Possibly more!
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DON'T GIVE KITTY COW MILK, IT MAKES THEM VERY ILL!
Step 1: Things to Consider!
Before you get Kitty home, consider this: Other pets! When we moved, the new house smelt like dog and it really scared my cat! If you have a dog, try air out the doggy smell in your house, and take your dog outside. If you have another cat, keep it outside as well. Clean up small objects, like toys that may be on the ground, so Kitty does not swallow it!
When picking up Kitty from, say, the breeder, rub a towel against Kitty's Mum/ Other Littermates. Wrap Kitty in the towel when you take it home, so Kitty feels safer, because he/she has familiar smells around.
Step 2: Introducing Kitty to the House!
When Kitty is home, place it in a Kitty-safe, clean room. It is normal for Kitty to wail and sniff around. Kitty is just getting used to an unfamiliar area. Gradually, as Kitty gets used to one room, slowly introduce Kitty to another room, until it gets used to the whole house. You need to introduce Kitty to other household pets. Take the other pet, and put Kitty and other pet into a unenclosed room. Give them time to relax and get used to each other. You may need to do that stage when Kitty is very used to it's new surroundings. When introducing it the yard, put butter on Kitty's pads. Sounds strange, but it is a very common method, and it is used for letting Kitty know where it's been by smelling the butter!
Praise Kitty as much as you can!
Step 3: Sleeping Arrangements and Toilet Training!
Fill up a litter box with Cat Litter. Place it in an enclosed room with Kitty, preferably a room where Kitty is familiar with, and you want it to sleep in . Keep the Litter Box in the bedroom, and I recommend not shifting the place of the litter box. Your Kitty will be spending many hours in it's bedroom, so it will need to 'unload' in that time. If you notice Kitty is squatting on the ground, urgently place Kitty in the Litter Box. Praise Kitty with treats and strokes. Cats dislike sleeping in their waste, so they will naturally use the litter box if it is in the bedroom. Every time Kitty uses the Litter Box on it's own, praise it. Cats naturally use Litter Boxes, so you don't really need to worry about training it to use it. Put a bed and toys in the bedroom. If Kitty has an accident, do not yell at it, that will make matters worse. Just lock it in it's bedroom, as it has time to calm down, and feels a little punished, but not physically hurt, so it is kindly reminded not to unload inside.
Step 4: Feeding!
Feed Kitty food designed for Kittens if it is a baby, because adult cat food is hard on their stomaches. Your kitten would be ready to start
eating soft solids by now. If Kitty is a kitten, it is best to provide it with milk designed for kittens. You can buy that at Supermarkets and Pet Stores. On the back of most cat food boxes, it tells you how much to feed your cat depending on age. Do not change your cat's diet unless your vet or breeder says.
Step 5: The End!
So that is the basics of cat-caring. Cats are amazing creatures that are pretty easy to look after. They become a part of the family easily! Just a tip: If your cat hurts you or does something you dislike, don't harm it in any way. You may need a stock up on band-aids!
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