Life's about to get a whole lot more exciting! A new cat in your life is nothing but cuteness and cuddles.
However, before that new kitten steps into your home, you're going to want to make sure it's safe and fun.
You may have already read up on the many blog posts and books related to how to train your kitten and make sure it's ready to be a part of the family. But this can also mean some simple steps to keep your home safe during those early days while your kitten is home, free, and curiously running might be something you forgot to plan for.
Luckily, we've compiled some of these to-dos to make sure your home is 'cat-proofed' and safe for your kitten to explore and get accustomed to its new home.
1. Get rid of any poisonous or dangerous plants
One of the first things you're going to want to do is make sure there are no dangerous or poisonous plants around the house.
Although those cacti and succulents help add to the decor and warmth of your home. These can be interesting objects for your new cat to play with. And no cat's going to like it when they stick their nose into a cactus and come out with thorns stuck!
Similarly, plants can also be poisonous, and cats love to lick and chew on things they find interesting. To be safe, don't have any of them lying around openly for your new cat to chew on. Some plants such as foxglove, azalea, rhododendron may be fine for humans but can cause vomiting and death for certain cats.
So pack them away to be safer than sorry.
2. Secure any valuable items
Your new cat is going to want to jump around and explore its new home. This is going to mean it'll hop on the TV stand, side tables, and many more before you've taught it what's allowed and not allowed.
Breakable objects lying around in such a scenario is bad news. Cats aren't going to fully be aware that the shiny vase on your shelf is breakable and can easily tip it over.
That's a nice vase that's no more, and now those broken pieces can be hazardous for your cat if it decides to keep exploring before you've cleaned up the mess.
It's best to store them safely in a locked and inaccessible place while you train your new furball on where it can roam about freely and what's out of bounds.
After you're confident your cat has learned the rules, you can start bringing these items back out.
3. No loose cords lying around
As you may know already, cats love strings and they love to chew.
This reeks of danger when one's got a ton of electrical cords lying around the house. Your cat may play around and chew on any wires, and if it manages to chew through, a live wire can be a hazardous and life-threatening shock.
To be safe here, be sure to keep any wires not lying around bare and connected. If possible, run them through some cord protectors and organizers that are harder for cats to breakthrough.
4. Lock windows and screens
Cats love to perch and people watch. This can mean one of the first things your new kitten will do is spot out the windows and head towards it.
If these windows are open, then it's guaranteed your cat is going to wander off and put itself into danger by getting stuck or lost. Similarly, if your windows can be left open and there are screens then be sure these screens are also securely locked and can't easily be broken through.
5. Essential cat supplies
Along with making sure the above are done so your cat is protected. It's also important to have some essential to have some cat food (wet and dry) stored for those first few days.
A food and water bowl is also needed, and it may even be worth looking into some automatic food and water dispensers.
Invest in a reasonable litter box as well whether it's something simple which you can upgrade later to something fitting of where you'd like to place it in your home. There are even self-cleaning litter boxes now!
Some toys to keep your cat engaged are also necessary for those first few days, or it may start using your furniture to stay entertained!
Finally, patience is something you're going to need lots of.
Remind yourself your new kitten hasn't learned the ropes and rules of your new home. It's going to stick to its natural instincts and do many things that annoy you.
When it scratches the foot of the couch or jumps and claws on the mirror. Just remember to be calm and stick to the training methods you're using to teach it the rules of the house.
A new cat can be a wonderful journey in pet ownership. The companionship and entertainment your new kitten provides will be extremely rewarding. The first few months may have its bumps but in the long term, this new addition to the family is something you won't regret at all!