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YOU’RE ABOUT TO RECEIVE YOUR NEW KITTEN, how exciting!

Over the coming days both of you are going to experience big changes, which may sometimes involve feeling nervous and disorientated. With that in mind, help them and make their arrival as easy as possible, so that they can get used to their new surroundings.

PREPARATIONS FOR THEIR ARRIVAL

There are some basic things that you should have before your kitten arrives home:

Make sure that they will live in a safe place

INSIDE THE HOME

INSIDE THE HOME

Remove objects that may cause them harm, for example cables and wires, and be careful about where you keep harmful products.
Remember that they are in a new environment and they will want to explore and play with everything within their reach. For this reason, if you think that some object or other may get damaged, it will be better that you leave it out of their reach.

OUTSIDE

OUTSIDE

To begin with, avoid letting your kitten go outdoors until they have got used to their new home, especially if they have not yet had all their vaccinations. If your kitten has access to a garden or a terrace, make sure that there are no holes or gaps through which they could escape or fall from a height.

Basic know-how

Felines are extraordinary and very particular animals, with specific and individual needs that have to be met to keep them in the best of health. Cats retain their reproduction, hunting and social communication instincts. In addition, they are nocturnal, very active and territorial, to a greater or lesser extent. To avoid health and behavioural problems, we should provide them with things that allow them to develop their natural and instinctive behaviour.

ARRIVING HOME

IDENTIFACATION

MICROCHIP

It is a simple device that the vet implants below the skin, on the left-hand side of their neck or on their withers. It has a numerical code on which all of your details and those of your kitten are stored. Remember to update the details on the microchip should any of your personal details change.
If your kitten gets lost, their microchip will make it easier to find them. Whether or not it is obligatory will depend on the Autonomous Community in which you live, unless you are travelling abroad. If this is the case, the microchip and their passport and rabies vaccination are mandatory all over the country.

TAG

It is advisable that you also hang a tag off your kitten’s collar, with their name and your telephone number, in order to find you quickly should they get lost. Furthermore, in some autonomous communities it is obligatory.
Here, the use of easy-opening collars is recommended to avoid them getting caught anywhere, and always without a bell. Bells can cause your cat to become nervous and stressed, and in the long term can lead to hearing desensitisation.

CENSUS

The law requires you to register your new pet in your municipality’s census. What do you need to hand over in order to register your kitten?
• A copy of the veterinary passbook
• A copy of your ID card
• A copy of the document proving registration on the Identification of Pets Record (you will have been given this when you collected your kitten)
• Fill out the census form and pay the established fee

FOOD

✓ The ideal thing to do with a kitten is to feed them during their first weeks of life with maternal milk so that they ingest the critical proteins and immunoglobulins required for their immune system to develop properly.

✓ If your adopted kitten is only a matter of a few days old, they will need artificial maternal milk to be administered with a feeding bottle.

✓ Do not give your kitten goats’ or cows’ milk because these could cause significant changes to their digestion.

✓ From four weeks old you can begin a transition to solid food so that both their digestive system and their teeth start to get accustomed to it. From around eight weeks old they can be fed solely on solid food.

✓ Offer your kitten a suitable portion of high-quality dry feed and wet food every day, either at various times or leaving it freely available to them.

✓ Many cats will refuse to try new foods once they reach adult age. To avoid this, you can bring in different types of foods, which are suitable for cats, when they are still little kittens.

✓ Hydration is a key factor to maintaining felines’ health. As such it is advisable to have several clean and fresh water points on a daily basis.

✓ Food and water bowls made of stainless steel are the best option. Also, adding a water source that supplies running water will increase their motivation to drink.

HYGIENE