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Bringing Home Your New Kitten

What to expect when your baby arrives

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This beautiful kitten, Harmonia, is still available to go to her furrever home. When you have a baby come into your home, it is a big adjustment for them. At True Blue Ragdoll Kittens, they are picked up, loved, kissed, talked to and played with hours every day. They enjoy playing with their siblings and being nursed by their mom, and being mothered by other animals. They can be a little stressed out when going to a new home but should adjust quickly. The following suggestions will help them to adjust better:

* Provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or week when unsupervised; A baby proofed bathroom, bedroom or laundry room works well. Furnish the room with cat amenities, such as food, water, and a litter box. If using a different food, make sure to mix it gradually with the food they are used to so as not to give them digestive problems. They also enjoy toys and scratching/stretching pad. You’ll want to spend time with your cat, so make sure there’s a comfortable place for you to sit as well.
* Fill a litter box with two or three inches of litter and place it in his room where he can use it undisturbed. After all, everyone deserves privacy when pottying, and giving kitten that will help forestall litter box aversion. Put kitten in the litter box as soon as you get home and allow kitten to explore from there.
* Cats love to get away from it all in small places, and you can provide one for your new cat as his own little safe haven. If kitten came home in a cat carrier, that might be a good choice. You can also make one by cutting a doorway for her in the end of a box. If you prefer, you can buy a covered cat bed at a pet supply store. In either case, make sure the space is big enough for the cat to stand up and turn around in. Cat “feng shui” probably requires that he or she be able to see the door to the room from his hidey hole, so he won’t be startled.
* Look at your house with a curious cat’s eye view for its climbing and exploring potential. When your cat is acclimated to your home, you may be surprised to find him on top of the upper kitchen cabinets, so make sure there’s nothing on display there or on other high shelves that can be damaged or knocked off.
* Look for holes or registers that leave duct work accessible and cover them up. A kitten can easily slither into one of these. You won’t want firemen in the house, jack-hammering the concrete floor to extract your cat.
* If possible, buy a little cat tree for your new family member. Cats like to survey their territory, so a high perch is often a favored resting place.
* If there are other human family members, go over the ground rules about your new pet. Remind them not to startle him and to keep the door to his room shut.
* Bone up on how to introduce your cat to other pets. Keep her door closed and don’t let your other pet race in unexpectedly.