Making your home kitten-friendly and kitten-proof
19th April 2018
If you are planning on adopting or buying a kitten, it’s important to prepare your home prior to their arrival. Choose a room in the house that you can confine the kitten to initially. This should be a quiet room that doesn’t get used often by family members or other pets in your home.
<h2>Resources in the room</h2> <p>Place a food bowl, water bowl and a litter tray in different locations around the room. Kittens like to avoid contamination so it’s good to keep these resources separate. Provide a comfy bed and things for your kitten to hide under or inside. Cardboard boxes can be great hiding places, beds or toys.</p> <h2>Expanding their territory</h2> <p>Once your kitten appears comfortable in the quiet room, let them explore the rest of the house. Prepare the rest of your home by making sure there are high perches, scratching posts, toys and hiding places for your kitten to use. Kittens are curious, so tidy away any small objects which your kitten might be tempted to chew and make sure cleaning products and other hazardous substances are locked away. Put house plants out of reach, especially lilies as they are toxic to cats.</p> <h2>Feeding your kitten</h2> <p>If you have other pets in the house or small children, consider serving your kitten’s food in a <a title="SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder" href="/pet-feeder/microchip-pet-feeder">SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder</a> or a <a title="SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect" href="/pet-feeder/microchip-pet-feeder-connect">SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect</a>. These feeders have a lid which will only open for your cat’s microchip, preventing other pets from stealing the food or curious fingers playing with it. The Microchip Pet Feeder Connect connects to the Sure Petcare app so that you can monitor your kitten's feeding habits. Store dry food in an airtight container out of reach of your kitten.</p> <h2>Outside access</h2> <p><a title="Letting your kitten outside for the first time" href="/en-gb/advice-news/cat-care/kitten-care/letting-your-kitten-outside-for-the-first-time">When your kitten is ready to go outside</a>, install a cat door so that they can access the outdoors whenever they want to. A <a title="SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap" href="/pet-doors">SureFlap Microchip Cat Door</a> will ensure that any other cats in the neighbourhood can’t gain access to your home.</p> <h2>Settling in time</h2> <p>Give your kitten time to settle in and explore their new territory at their own pace. If your kitten has trouble settling in, a plug-in pheromone diffuser can help to keep them calm.</p>