If you’ve never owned a kitten before and are looking to bring one home for the first time, you are able to embark in a very special journey that will bring you years of happiness and companionship. If you’re not prepared, however, the first few months can be a bit tricky as you learn to navigate your cat’s behavior.
Kittens are very curious animals, so it’s best to be prepared as much as possible ahead of time. Here are some tips that can help you get started so that the only thing you have to worry about after bringing your kitten home is how much you’re going to miss them when you have to go to work on Monday!
Rid your house of poisonous plants.
Many popular indoor plants found in Oroville homes are considered toxic to cats. Lilies, for example, are very common in the spring months, especially around Easter, and can be potentially fatal if ingested. Ask your vet about other plants in your home to determine whether or not they can stay.
Hide electric cords.
Anything that looks like a toy and moves like a toy, is a toy, right!? That’s what your kitten thinks, but we know that that’s not the case, especially with electrical cords. Avoid temptation by hiding them or raising them up off the ground whenever possible. It’s also a good habit to adopt to unplug cords and power strips when not in use.
Keep the bathroom tidy.
Look for another reason to tell the men in your house to put down the toilet seat? Here it is: put down toilet seats and close shower curtains as these can be potentially dangerous for cats when left open. Some cats prefer drinking out a porcelain bowl and may have a hard time getting out if they fall in. Additionally, if you leave the shower curtain open, get ready for all of your toiletries to come tumbling down!
Ask us about Kitten Packages.
At Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital, we offer Kitten Packages that help new pet owners learn about preventative care. These packages include many difference aspects of kitten care that are specific to growing cats. Ask a staff member for more information!
If you have any questions about bringing a cat home for the first time or need advice for helping older cats adapt to a new addition, please let us know.