Helping Kitten Settle

  • Keep the house as quiet as possible when you bring your kitten home and don't be surprised if she seems a bit timid at first.
  • Give time to adjust its new surroundings before introducing to other animals or people in the household.
  • Leave a door slightly ajar for her to come and go.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are closed and there is a guard in front of the fireplace.
  • Ensure the kitten knows where the bed, litter tray and food bowls are.
  • The kitten’s bed should be a safe place to go when things get too much. It needs to be warm, dry, comfortable and draught-free. Buy a bed from a pet shop, or use a strong, dry, cardboard box with a hole cut in the side. It should contain soft bedding, and be placed in a warm, safe place.
  • On the first few nights a warm water bottle (not hot) under a blanket may help compensate for the absence of the kitten’s mother or litter-mates.
  • If you happen to have, or can borrow, a large secure pen, this is ideal for providing a safe den and can hold the kitten’s litter tray and bed. It is also an excellent way to introduce other animals.
  • Make sure that your kitten has access to places to hide and to climb.  Cats feel safest when they are high up, and this gives them a sense of security in their living environment. They should have safe access to places like shelves or tops of cupboards.

For more information speak to one of our veterinary nurses.