Giving your new kitten

the best start

Giving your new kitten

the best start


Never overwhelm your pet with too many people, or too much noise.

How to prepare for a new kitten

It’s almost the big day! Your new kitten will be coming home soon, and you’re probably wondering what you can do to help them settle in quickly. But the first few days and weeks of having a new pet aren’t just about getting comfortable. It’s also a chance to set the right scene, and make sure they’re ready for everything life might throw at them.

No pressure, right? Well don’t worry, it’s not as stressful as it sounds. And there’s plenty you can do to make your kitten feel right at home, and give it a firm footing for interacting with other people and pets.

 

Before the big day: A new kitten checklist

You might be focused on what will happen when you finally bring your kitten home, but there are a few things you should do first. These will help you ‘pet proof’ your home, and create a dedicated area ready for your new pet to snuggle up in.

Of course, your kitten will need all the basics. A comfy bed. A bowl for food. A litter tray. And plenty of toys!

But you should also take a few steps to make sure your home is cat friendly. The main things to watch out for are plants (which can sometimes be toxic to cats), and any cables, cords, or string that your kitten might be tangled in while they are playing.

The same goes for any chemicals, cleaning products or other liquids your kitten might be able to reach. Cats are curious by nature, so if they can get to something, chances are, they will try to play with it!

Organize your cat insurance

Once your house is ready for your new pet, there are still a few final things to take care of. One of the most important is organizing your cat insurance.

A lot of policies out there don’t cover pre-existing conditions, so the sooner get a plan in place, the better. This means that if any issues do come up in the future, they will be covered.

And, by the way, here at TrustedPals, if you’re looking to cover an older cat that’s had a condition in the past, we’ll pay out for conditions if they’ve been cured. To us, pre-existing does not always mean preexisting. But cured means cured. Not every cat health insurance program can say the same.

Getting them home

When the big day finally rolls around, your first job is to get your new kitten home safely. If not handled right, this can be a stressful situation. Dogs may love car rides, but cats certainly do not and especially not when we are young!

Your kitten will be a lot happier during the journey if they’re safe and snug in a carrier. It can be tempting to hold them in your lap if you’re a passenger, but that might be a bit too much stimulation, so wait until you get home before moving in for a cuddle.

If possible, you should try to take along another person when it is time to pick up your kitten. If it is just you, you will not be able to keep an eye on your new pet and reassure them with a few comforting words if it all gets a bit overwhelming.

Day 1: Settling in

Once you get your kitten home, place the carrier on the floor, open it up, and let them come out in their own time. Trust us, they want to play and cuddle just as much as you do, but they will need a bit of time to get used to the area and their bed.

The bed is important. Kittens need a lot of sleep, so do not be surprised if yours puts itself to bed for a few hours as soon as you are home. Do not disturb them. They will be awake and ready to play soon enough.

Socializing a new kitten

To give your kitten the best start, it’s important to go about socializing it in the right way. If you start things of on the right foot, your kitten will be far better equipped to handle different types of people, as it gets older.

The golden rule with kitten socialization is to never overwhelm your pet with too many people, or too much noise and stimulation.

Introduce family members one at a time, in a safe, quiet environment. You should also try to introduce different types of people (young and old, male and female), so your kitten learns that not all humans are the same.

As your kitten grows older, you’ll be able to start introducing multiple visitors, but make sure to keep things controlled. If you can create a positive association with humans at an early age, that will carry through into cat adulthood.

Introducing your kitten to another pet

Finally, one of the biggest worries that some pet parents have is bringing a new kitten home to another cat. This makes a lot of sense. If you already have a pet, it is probably used to being the center of attention, and may not want to share the limelight.

However, that does not mean the members of your pack cannot be best friends. You will just need to be a little patient. Let your pets see each other from a safe distance before they interact directly, and then slowly introduce them into the same area.

You will need to stay close to supervise, and may want to put a leash on the more established pet if it is bigger. Just like with other training, make sure to reward both pets with treats for playing nicely together.

In no time, at all they will be as thick as thieves.

Insure your pets with MultiPaw

Of course, two pets means two pet health insurance policies. When you’re looking for the best pet insurance program to cover them both, make sure to keep an eye out for one that offers a discount for multiple pets.

TrustedPals gives you 5% of with our MultiPaw program. Because as far as ‘were concerned, the more the merrier.

Ready learn more about MultiPaw from the best cat insurance provider? Get in touch and let’s talk!

 

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How to prepare for a new kitten

It’s almost the big day! Your new kitten will be coming home soon, and you’re probably wondering what you can do to help them settle in quickly. But the first few days and weeks of having a new pet aren’t just about getting comfortable. It’s also a chance to set the right scene, and make sure they’re ready for everything life might throw at them.

No pressure, right? Well don’t worry, it’s not as stressful as it sounds. And there’s plenty you can do to make your kitten feel right at home, and give it a firm footing for interacting with other people and pets.

 


Never overwhelm your pet with too many people, or too much noise.

Before the big day: A new kitten checklist

You might be focused on what will happen when you finally bring your kitten home, but there are a few things you should do first. These will help you ‘pet proof’ your home, and create a dedicated area ready for your new pet to snuggle up in.

Of course, your kitten will need all the basics. A comfy bed. A bowl for food. A litter tray. And plenty of toys!

But you should also take a few steps to make sure your home is cat friendly. The main things to watch out for are plants (which can sometimes be toxic to cats), and any cables, cords, or string that your kitten might be tangled in while they are playing.

The same goes for any chemicals, cleaning products or other liquids your kitten might be able to reach. Cats are curious by nature, so if they can get to something, chances are, they will try to play with it!

Organize your cat insurance

Once your house is ready for your new pet, there are still a few final things to take care of. One of the most important is organizing your cat insurance.

A lot of policies out there don’t cover pre-existing conditions, so the sooner get a plan in place, the better. This means that if any issues do come up in the future, they will be covered.

And, by the way, here at TrustedPals, if you’re looking to cover an older cat that’s had a condition in the past, we’ll pay out for conditions if they’ve been cured. To us, pre-existing does not always mean preexisting. But cured means cured. Not every cat health insurance program can say the same.

Getting them home

When the big day finally rolls around, your first job is to get your new kitten home safely. If not handled right, this can be a stressful situation. Dogs may love car rides, but cats certainly do not and especially not when we are young!

Your kitten will be a lot happier during the journey if they’re safe and snug in a carrier. It can be tempting to hold them in your lap if you’re a passenger, but that might be a bit too much stimulation, so wait until you get home before moving in for a cuddle.

If possible, you should try to take along another person when it is time to pick up your kitten. If it is just you, you will not be able to keep an eye on your new pet and reassure them with a few comforting words if it all gets a bit overwhelming.

Day 1: Settling in

Once you get your kitten home, place the carrier on the floor, open it up, and let them come out in their own time. Trust us, they want to play and cuddle just as much as you do, but they will need a bit of time to get used to the area and their bed.

The bed is important. Kittens need a lot of sleep, so do not be surprised if yours puts itself to bed for a few hours as soon as you are home. Do not disturb them. They will be awake and ready to play soon enough.

Socializing a new kitten

To give your kitten the best start, it’s important to go about socializing it in the right way. If you start things of on the right foot, your kitten will be far better equipped to handle different types of people, as it gets older.

The golden rule with kitten socialization is to never overwhelm your pet with too many people, or too much noise and stimulation.

Introduce family members one at a time, in a safe, quiet environment. You should also try to introduce different types of people (young and old, male and female), so your kitten learns that not all humans are the same.

As your kitten grows older, you’ll be able to start introducing multiple visitors, but make sure to keep things controlled. If you can create a positive association with humans at an early age, that will carry through into cat adulthood.

Introducing your kitten to another pet

Finally, one of the biggest worries that some pet parents have is bringing a new kitten home to another cat. This makes a lot of sense. If you already have a pet, it is probably used to being the center of attention, and may not want to share the limelight.

However, that does not mean the members of your pack cannot be best friends. You will just need to be a little patient. Let your pets see each other from a safe distance before they interact directly, and then slowly introduce them into the same area.

You will need to stay close to supervise, and may want to put a leash on the more established pet if it is bigger. Just like with other training, make sure to reward both pets with treats for playing nicely together.

In no time, at all they will be as thick as thieves.

Insure your pets with MultiPaw

Of course, two pets means two pet health insurance policies. When you’re looking for the best pet insurance program to cover them both, make sure to keep an eye out for one that offers a discount for multiple pets.

TrustedPals gives you 5% of with our MultiPaw program. Because as far as ‘were concerned, the more the merrier.

Ready learn more about MultiPaw from the best cat insurance provider? Get in touch and let’s talk!

 

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