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Caring For Your New Kitten/Cat

When your new kitten first comes home it will be missing its littermates and will be scared from the car ride. To make a smooth transition to its new home it is important that you do the following:

* Set up the kitten in a small room with a litter box, and food/water dishes. Put the litter box as far away from the food dish as possible. A bathroom will do, just put down the lid of the toilet to prevent drowning. A blanket for a bed and some toys would be nice, too. DO NOT let the kitten have the run of the whole house, at least not a first. This will prevent the kitten from hiding under the bed or not knowing where his litter box is.

* Let family members visit the kitten (ONE PERSON AT A TIME). If there are young children in the house who are very excited they may frighten the kitten by their noise and activity. We don't want the children to be scratched or permanently scare the kitten.

* Feed the kitten the SAME food it was fed in the shelter(Cats Exclusive feeds Science Diet). If you introduce new food do it slowly by adding a little more of the new food each day to the food that it was originally eating. If you give new food all at once it can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. Never give a kitten milk. Plain water is good. Never feed a kitten table scraps. Dry kitten food is preferred as it helps clean their teeth.

* When the kitten has settled in well and seems comfortable you can then let him/her explore the rest of the house. He will always run back to his original room as his safety spot. Always show the kitten where the litter box is if you move the litter box do it in 20foot increments over a number of days so the kitten will follow the box to the new location. Until the kitten is 6 months of age the litter box should be on the same floor of the house that the kitten spends most of its time on. After 6 months you can change the box to the second floor or basement level as an older kitty will follow the box once shown where it is located.