Important tips to remember when bringing your kitten/cat home

Keep your kitten/cat in a separate room with all windows and doors closed for a few days. Food & water must be on one side of the room and the litter tray on the other side. This room will be their ‘safe haven’ once introduced to the rest of the house.

Remember to ‘kitty-proof’ the room first bearing in mind that they can climb curtains, table cloths etc, and can be escape artists. Ensure the windows are closed. Make sure they have plenty of toys. Most cats/kitten love catnip, which helps settle them in. Cats/kittens can be trained not to scratch furniture with a scratch post.

Kittens/cats feel overwhelmed by large areas and can start using unsuitable areas as their litter trays i.e. beds and carpets.
Slowly let your kitten/cat out of the room (after 10 days) under your supervision and with all the windows and doors closed. Let it explore and get to know your other cats. Increase ‘free time’ in large areas daily until you kitten/cat is familiar and comfortable with the whole house.

Remember to keep toilet seats down! Kittens can drown in toilets as they are too little and too weak to get out if they fall in. Never leave the kitten/cat unattended while running a bath or near a fully run bath.

When introducing your kitten/cat to your other animals put your kitten/cat in a carrier and allow the other animals to sniff your kitten through the carrier.

Dogs must be restrained on leads until fully introduced. When your kitten/cat has settled let your dog sniff the kitten/cat through the carrier regularly. This way the dogs cannot hurt the kitten/cat and the kitten/cat cannot run away.

Do the introduction to the garden gradually and under strict supervision. Initially in daylight time, as they are more cautious. Night time is playtime for them and they become adventurous.

Remember to keep your kitten/cat on a good diet (preferably a veterinary diet). Ensure that the diet includes kibbles as this cleans their teeth and is nutritious.

If your kitten/cat is showing any signs of illness, he/she needs to be seen by a vet ASAP.

Kittens/cats unfortunately get stressed in a new environment and therefore do sometimes fall ill. We do our utmost to ensure that all kittens/cats are as healthy as possible.

Get a collar and disk with contact details on for any new kitten/cat. This will prevent heartache and agony for the kitten/cat and owners if the kitten/cat does accidently get out.

IDENTITY MICROCHIP: For a minimal fee please consider having an identity microchip implanted in your kitten/cat at your local vet. Should your pet stray or get lost, he will more than likely be taken to a veterinary clinic, SPCA or animal welfare organization. A routine check with a scanner picks up the microchip number and by referencing the Identipet database, your contact details will be made available. You will be notified that your pet is safe and awaiting collection. 

Written by: Annita Hendriks from The Cat Samaritan


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