6 things to keep in mind after you adopt a cat or a kitten

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family—a cuddly feline friend! Now that you've adopted a cat, it's time to embark on the journey of training and bonding with your furry companion. At ThePetNest, we're here to support you every step of the way. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to train your kitten and make them feel right at home.

1. Patience is Key: Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a strong bond with your cat. It takes time for kittens to adjust to their new environment, so be patient and understanding throughout the training process.

2. Love and Affection: Just like human babies, cats thrive on love and affection. Avoid yelling or scolding your kitten, as this can create fear and distance. Instead, shower them with love, cuddles, and treats to show them they're safe and cherished.

3. Baby Talk and Pampering: During the first few weeks, engage in gentle baby talk and pamper your kitten with toys and affection. Having sweet conversations with your cat can help strengthen your bond and make them feel secure in their new home.

4. Room Exploration: Take your kitten on a tour of the house and introduce them to their new surroundings. Show them where their food and water bowls, litter tray, and scratching post are located. Encourage them to explore every room at their own pace.

5. Litter Box Training: Guide your kitten to the litter box and gently place their paws inside to demonstrate its purpose. Ensure the litter box is in a private area and easily accessible to prevent potty issues later on.

6. Handling Sensitivity: Some kittens may feel uncomfortable being held initially. Respect their boundaries and gently let them down if they squirm. Repeat this process gradually to help them get accustomed to your touch and scent.

Before Adoption: What to Consider: Before adopting a kitten, it's crucial to research and choose a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their cats. Avoid backyard breeders who may engage in unethical breeding practices. 

Look for the following when selecting a breeder:

  • A breeder who is knowledgeable and experienced in cat breeding.
  • Ask for parent pictures to assess the quality and breed of the kitten.
  • Beware of breeders who force-breed or keep breeding queens in poor conditions. Ensure the breeder is ethical and trustworthy.

By following these tips and guidelines, you can ensure a smooth transition for your new kitten and lay the foundation for a strong and loving bond.

Our motto - Adopt, don't shop. You can adopt a cat with ThePetNest. Welcome to the wonderful world of cat parenthood!