If you've recently decided to share your home and life with a furry feline friend, you're probably experiencing a mixture of elation and trepidation. You're understandably elated, because who wouldn't be overjoyed at the thought of a fuzzy kitten in their lives? However, you may also be nervous, especially if this will be the first time you've ever owned a kitten. After all, you undoubtedly want to provide your new friend with the best possible quality of life at your apartment in Atlanta, Georgia, and you may be unsure of how to do that.
The first week or so in a new home often sets the stage for how well you and your furry friend coexist, so it's important to get off to a good start. Here's how to help your new kitty feel at home.
Get Paper Bags and Cardboard Boxes
If you're like most soon-to-be pet parents, you've probably already paid a visit to your local pet store or gone online to purchase a variety of toys and treats. Most kittens turn up their noses at these items in favor of paper grocery bags and cardboard boxes. If you keep stocked up on these, your kitten will never get bored. Simply place them on the floor so that the kitten can get inside.
Get a Scratching Post
One thing you'll need from a pet product retailer is a brand-new scratching post. Scratching is an instinctive behavior that's also comforting and calming to cats, and you'll save your furniture from being damaged. The post needs to be new because if it's got the scent of another cat on it, your kitten may decline to use it.
Naturally, you're going to want to introduce your kitten to your family, friends, and neighbors, but it's best to limit visits at first so that the kitten doesn't get overwhelmed. Be sure that anyone who does visit is respectful of the kitten's space and doesn't try to force them to be held or petted. Cats of all ages do much better if they're allowed to adjust to new environments on their own terms.
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