Your New Cat or Kitten

Things to Remember...

First Few Days

  • Plan to bring your kitten home when you have a few days to spend with it so you can help your kitten settle into its new environment.  E.g. a long weekend, holidays or on leave.
  • Please go straight home after adopting your cat or kitten.
  • Leave your kitten alone for small amounts of time over the first few days so it begins to understand if you leave, you will come back.
  • Provide access to fresh and clean water at all times.
  • NO MILK- cats do not receive any benefits from drinking cow’s milk, all they get from cow’s milk is water and diarrhoea, fresh water is all cats need.
  • 3 meals a day for kittens (under 6 months) of ‘kitten’ tin food or dry food. 
  • 2 meals a day for cats (6 months + over) of ‘adult’ tin food or dry.

Healthy Kitten & Cat

  • First vaccination is required at 6-8 weeks, second at 10-12 weeks and the third at 16 weeks.  Consult your local vet for future vaccinations that best suit your cat’s lifestyle. 
  • Maintain regular flea treatment.
  • Kittens need to be wormed every two weeks from 2 to 8 weeks, monthly 8 weeks to 6 months then every 3 months for the rest of their lives.
  • Provide your cat or kitten with regular grooming.
  • Kittens each need a separate litter tray, simply take the kitten to its tray immediately after a meal or when it wakes up.  Confine your kitten to a small area so it does not get lost on the way to the litter tray.

Safe Kitten & Cat

  • Confine your new cat and kitten indoors for the first   4 - 6 weeks (and ideally for life) because in an unfamiliar area they may roam, get chased too far from their new home or not know where home is when they do decide to return. 
  • Confine your new cat or kitten to their own room for at least a week to minimise the stress and confusion of being in a new home then gradually increase their space. 
  • When you first let your cat or kitten outside, it is a good idea to let them investigate their surroundings supervised or while on a suitable harness and lead. 
  • Your kitten will get used to being an indoor cat.  You can provide everything it needs inside your house—water, food, litter tray, scratch pole, warm bed, and a sunny window.
  • If the cat is an outdoor cat, keep it safe by, ensuring vaccinations are current and the cat is contained indoors at night time.
  • Identification in the form of collars, tags and microchips are extremely important for your kitten to be returned to you.
  • Keep your MICROCHIP DETAILS up to date.

Happy Kitten & Cat

  • Cat & kittens were born to play, they should be given a variety of suitable toys to play with and some of your time each day.
  • Cats natural behavior is to scratch so provide your kitten with scratch posts or small pieces of carpet.  Providing scratch poles will help to avoid problems like scratching furniture.
  • Feed your kitten or cat on the opposite side of the room to its litter tray.  No one likes to eat where they toilet---especially cats.
  • If you did not adopt your kitten from the AWL, it will need to be de-sexed at 4-6 months of age so it does not have an unwanted litter.  It is very important the you keep your kitten inside until it is de-sexed.

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