Bringing home your new kitten
So you got a new ragdoll kitten! What's next? What can you do to prepare? Here are a list of things to get your new baby
Your kittens has already had 2 core vaccinations, 3 deworming and spayed/neutered Please take your new baby to the vet within 72 hours to confirm health of your baby and to book his final vaccination which will include rabies.
( This will be roughly 4 weeks AFTER their last Vaccination )
- Kitten proofing your home
- Food and Water Bowls. Your kitten has lots of energy, so select bowls that won't tip over too easily
- Litter Box. Make sure the box is roomy to prevent scattering litter around the house
- Litter, we suggest hardwood pellets of your brand choice, We use Canwick Hardwood pellets available at canadian tire
- A bed
- A cat tree for scratching. cats love to scratch
- nail clippers
- food that your breeder feeds as well as a brand of your choosing should you choose to switch foods
- a metal comb for brushing
- toys ( they love teasers)
kitten proofing your home
They Like to Paw and Chew
Kittens are a lot like human babies; they learn about the world around them with their eyes, hands (well, paws), and their mouth. Cats are playful animals, regardless of their age, with an innate love to paw around and play with anything they can find on the ground. That last part is important; you may think your floors are clean, but if you get down on your hands and knees, you'll probably find items that can cause problems for your kitten.
Here's what you should look out for and remove from behind couches and shelves before bringing your kitten home
- twist ties
- hair ties
- rubber bands
- plastic bags
- sewing supplies
- doll/toy accessories
- small board game pieces
Although loose items are easy for your kitten to paw and swallow, there are many other things in your home she'll try to chew, including electrical cords. Tape down any wires that can't be removed from your kitten's reach, even if they're used permanently for a device you'll have to move with them. When you use temporary items like an iron, however, that dangling cord can be just as tempting to a young kitty. She may think it's something she can play with, but she could get seriously hurt if she pulls the iron off of the ironing board.
Aside from electrical cords and cables, you should also secure telephone wires, curtain tie-backs, and the cords on blinds, all of which seem harmless to your new kitten. Don't forget these items during your kitten proofing process!
Not All Plants Are Healthy
Houseplants add some greenery to your home, but be careful what your new kitten has access to. Philodendron, lilies, mistletoe, and poinsettia are a few of the more toxic houseplants that could make your kitten very ill with constant exposure. Lilies, azaleas, and daffodils are common garden plants that are toxic for kittens as well. Similarly, it's important to check and be sure any cut flowers you bring into your home are safe for kittens to prowl around.
Please see our cats and plants page
Keep the Lid Closed
Cats and kittens are always on the lookout for water they can take sips of throughout the day. One easy spot to drink from is the bathroom toilet. It's gross to you, but not all cats are that taste-sensitive, and there's always water available here if she's thirsty. Be sure to keep the lid closed on your toilet if there's a kitten in your home. With the lid up, your furry friend could also fall in and potentially drown. Other containers in your home you should keep closed? Garbage cans, laundry bins, washer & dryer. You wouldn't want your kitten to get trapped inside and be unable to escape.
Hot Spots Are Unsafe
Although your kitten enjoys warmth, it's up to you to make sure she's safe in these comfortable areas. Whether the warmth comes from a fireplace or wood stove, reinforce that these hot spots are not a place for napping. If necessary, regulate your cat's access by moving her climbing surfaces or waking her up after a certain amount of time. Ultimately, make sure all electric heaters stay unplugged and stored properly when not in use. If they are plugged in, supervise the heater at all times to keep your entire family safe from overheating.
Check Small Spaces
Cats love to snuggle away in warm, small places. Before closing the dryer door, for example, be sure your kitten didn't sneak in for an afternoon snooze. The same goes for other quiet places such as dresser drawers, baskets in closets, refrigerators, and freezers
Lock All Window Screens
Every patch of sunshine has your kitten's name on it, and she'll snuggle on your windowpanes to get the most of this natural warmth. When kitten proofing your home, check all the screens on your windows and doors, even if it's in the winter. You don't want to forget to do this in the spring or summer when your cat is already accustomed to her surroundings. If a screen isn't properly locked, your cat can end up in a dangerous situation. To be even safer, purchase cat-proof window screens as well as cat proof blinds. Not only are the cat-proof screens safer, but they also last longer than regular window screens, because they don't get torn up as easily.
Stock Up on Her Favorite Toys
The busier your pet is, the less likely she'll get in trouble. Kittens love to play, so invest in some toys she can play with when she's finished with her nap. As you can imagine, she'll love fake mice and jingly balls, which make just enough noise for you to know where she is at various times during the day. Expect your kitten to alternate between playing with you and napping on your lap. We do send home some toys to start you!
Be Patient When Kitten Proofing Your Home
Whether your new cat is young or old and wise, it's tough for her to learn all the house rules at once. A kitten might avoid all the wires or loose objects on your floor, but be highly interested in climbing curtains or jumping up shelves. She may scoff at her water bowl and sip from the sink. Make the transition to her new home easier by keeping her contained in a small cat-friendly room temporarily while she is learning, then slowly allow her access to more and more of the house as she becomes accustomed to the rules. When letting her roam around and explore her new settings, make sure to keep a watchful eye on her at all times.
If she gravitates to an area that you notice might be unfit or dangerous for her take the necessary precautions to keep her safe. It's important to redirect your kitten while addressing any safety issues in a calm, loving manner.
Finally, it is never a good idea to punish a kitten or cat for misbehaving. She is still learning the rules of your house and might not know better. Punishing a cat can actually make the situation worse causing her to become stressed and reclusive. Proper training and rewarding her for good behaviors will help her learn what is acceptable. If you notice she is being a little ornery, just direct her back to her toys or her scratch pad. Your pet is learning and is looking to you for direction. Have the same patience you would with a young child learning to take in the world for the first time and your bond will go stronger and stronger.
When you bring home your new kitten she will already have been weaned onto solid food. She will come with the current food we are feeding as well a coupons to buy more! While you may decide to keep feeding her the same brand and type of food, if you change her food, do so slowly by mixing a small amount of the new food and gradually increasing it over the course of a week to prevent digestive problems. Along with quality kitten food, make sure your kitten has easy access to clean, fresh water. Do not give her milk, it will upset her stomach. Despite what you might have heard about cats enjoying a bowl of milk or cream, the fact is that cats can't properly digest dairy and these types of treats may result in diarrhea, which isn't a treat for either one of you.
It is important that your kitten ALWAYS have access to their dry food and water. They will NOT over eat
We feed Fromm Gold Kitten food
litter training and socialization
Litter box training should be near the top of your priority list on your kitten's first day home. Kittens that stay with their mothers until they are fully weaned usually learn a litter box's purpose by watching their mothers. Typically, your kitten will already know what to do, and your only job will be to show her the box. You may need to remind her where the box is and use positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise, until she gets used to using it on her own without any prompting. At this stage, it might be helpful to have a couple of litter boxes around the house, just to make sure she has easy access to one while she's figuring things out. Remember your new baby kitten is just like a potty training toddler!
We use Catit Peas husk litter
Beyond potty-training, training a kitten is usually about establishing and reinforcing boundaries and household rules. Again, rely on positive reinforcement to train your kitten, and avoid punishing her or speaking to her harshly. Never, ever hit or shake your kitten. Instead, ignore her when she's behaving badly and give her affection, treats and praise to reward her good behavior. If ignoring isn't an option, redirect her attention to something else. For example, if your kitten bites or scratches your hand, give her a toy to play with instead. If she scratches the furniture, patiently redirect her to a scratching post or pad. If all else fails, give her a time out by confining her to base camp until she calms down.
Despite what you might think, cats are actually trainable in other ways too. Much like puppies, kittens are very smart and have the capacity to learn a lot — their independent nature may make it seem otherwise. With training any pet, it takes patience. Start with simple commands like calling her to come to her name. Then, you can slowly introduce other commands such as sit, lie down and stay. Again, it's important to use positive reinforcement if you want these actions to continue as she gets older.
Kittenhood is a crucial time for socializing your cat. In order for her to grow into a well-balanced adult, she should be played with and comforted frequently and also exposed to as many new sights, sounds, smells, and sensations as possible. While she's young is the best time to get her used to things such as wearing a collar, riding in a pet carrier, riding in a car, and tolerating grooming tasks like bathing, brushing, nail trimming, and tooth brushing. Keep in mind that she is still a kitten and is experiencing the world for the first time. There may be times where sights or sounds frighten her. In these cases, it is important to comfort her and understand when too much stimulation might be enough, and you can take her back to her safe place to rest. As she starts to get used to these things, you can slowly introduce more stimuli. However, you might find yourself surprised — kittens have a curious nature and you might find that they can be fearless and explore more than you'd think. How else can you explain a small kitten willing to snuggle up next to a large dog?