As you may know, we have a new little furry member of our household. At the end of May we got a teeny tiny 2 lb kitten from a rescue.
His name is George/Georgie, and though he had a bit of a rough start to life, he is now thriving as an IAMS kitty!
*Awww, it seems like this was just yesterday!*
Tips for Bringing a New Kitten Home
Creating a special bond between you and your new kitten is crucial in the first few days and months. When your kitten is well socialized you can look forward to a well-adjusted and happy tabby! That’s why Iams is providing tips on how to introduce yourself – and your family members – to a new kitten. These tips and others can be found on iams.ca.
Give your kitten a hand
Starting after a kitten turns three days old, daily handling is a great way for you to bond and get to know each other better. Once your kitten is used to human handling and your scent, she’ll start to be more comfortable with you and anybody else she comes into contact with. The best time for exposing your cat to handling is between three and seven weeks old. Just remember to be gentle!
Hello Kitty, Hello World
Between one to six months old is prime time to introduce your kitten to the outside world. If you expect your cat to be travelling a lot in its lifetime, now’s the time to give her plenty of car rides. This can be especially useful when you need to take your cat to the vet. And if you want her to be okay with people, there’s no better time to have a lot of guests in your home. So go ahead, throw a big party!
Kitten meets Dog
If you have a dog in your home, it’s normal to wonder if your pup will get along with the newest member of your family. Where a dog’s concerned it’s important to keep your dog away from the front door when first bringing a kitten home. Since the front door is usually where your dog defends his property, it’s best to have your dog safely in another room so they can have their first meeting in a controlled environment. Instead, wait until they’re both relaxed, bring your leashed dog over to your cat, and gently rub the cat’s body on your pooch. This creates a scent transfer, which will help them adjust to one another. Immediately afterwards reward the dog with a treat, so he’ll have a positive association to your kitty!
Kitten meets Cat
Introducing a new cat to the one already in your home can be a bit more difficult to manage then a dog. A cat that’s already in your home is more likely to cause trouble with the new cat out of a fear of losing her ‘top cat’ status. The best way to introduce your old pal to your new one is by feeding them at the same time on opposite sides of a door – then slowly bringing the bowls to the same side of the door and next to one another. You can even throw in some treats for good measure. This way both cats will begin to associate each other with the reward of food, a pretty good reason to get along.
A good reason to purr
By simply spending time by your side and getting used to being handled, your kitten will bond with you in no time at all!