Introducing a Cat or Kitten into the Home
For safety reasons, cats should be transported in some kind of carrier in the car. Once you arrive at home place the cat in a small quiet area with food and a litter box. If possible try to at least initially match the litter from your cat’s previous home- then you can switch over to a different kind of litter ideally by making the first batch a mixture of half previous type litter and half new type of litter. After the cat has had some quiet time in a restricted space, slowly allow access to other parts of your home.
If you have other pet’s introductions should be supervised. There may be no problem. If your dog has anxiety, the introduction should be more controlled. Put the dog on a leash and perhaps the cat in a carrier at first and allow the dog to sniff the door of the carrier. Keep their interactions positive. Using rewards encourage your dog to sit or stay calmly near the cat. Allow calm investigating. Cats are smart and will quickly learn their limits with a dog. Most adult cats are tolerant of kittens, for an older cat coming into the household keep the new cat in one room at first and they will smell and paw at each other under the door.
Kittens are highly social, but can become less so as they get older. Try to introduce your kitten to a variety of people and pets so they are used to them from a young age.
If you would like to brush your cat, brush its teeth, trim her nails – start at a very young age and reinforce the positive behavior with treats. Do not force this type of handling; it will only make it worse. Once a cat learns to associate food or cat nip coming out with these activities, she can even look forward to them.
Greenfield Animal Hospital New Kitten & Cat Veterinary Services include:
- kitten and cat vaccinations
- internal parasite testing and treatment for new kittens
- external parasite exam – fleas, ticks, mites
- Leukemia/FIV testing for cats
- behavioral concerns
- litter training advise
- micro-chipping to identify your new kitten if she is lost
- heartworm prevention
- parasite control
- dietary guidance
- kitten proofing your house
- spay/neutering advise