Congratulations! You decided to adopt a kitten, and you have made your home safe for her arrival. Let the fun begin!
Setting up a veterinarian appointment
As soon as you arrive home with your new companion, call your vet to schedule an appointment for a checkup, feeding ideas, and any vaccinations he/she may need. Even if the shelter provided medical care, it’s a good idea to establish a relationship with a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you do not have a vet, ask us for recommendations (or from the organization where you adopted your cat). Otherwise, take suggestions from trusted friends or family members.
When you take your cat to the vet (and anywhere else, for that matter), be sure to transport him or her in a carrier appropriate for cats. (If your kitty doesn't like the carrier, read our tips on how to end her aversion to it.) This provides safety and security for the cat and should be used immediately so that the process can begin to feel commonplace to both of you.
The vet can give you suggestions of what symptoms to watch for (also see our tips) in case your kitty should become ill. It is important to be an observant parent so that your new companion can be safe, happy and healthy. The vet can offer you suggestions for diet and nutrition or you can read our recommendations. He or she will also give recommendations for checkups and how often you should bring the cat in. Vaccinations are also part of your cat’s health that your vet will discuss with you.
If the cat is not already altered, be sure to schedule a spay or neuter surgery. If you're uneasy about spaying and neutering, be sure to read our section about the benefits and necessity of the procedures. It is extremely important for his or her social adjustment and physical well being.
Integrating your cat into your home
Remind the family that a new kitty needs a quiet homecoming in his home base. Of course, you’re excited! But to have a successful introduction to his new life, your cat will appreciate if you let him come to you; not the other way around. Do not force affection on your cat, but rather have plenty of toys and treats on hand. Expect to let your new kitten stay in his home base for a minimum of one week. Once he seems comfortable and acclimated, it's time to progress to integration into the rest of the house.