Introduction to a new home
Here are some general informations to help you to introduce your new cat or kitten to the new home in the best possible way. It is important for you to plan ahead a few things, before your new family member will come in.
Before you bring your new cat or kitten home you should have ready:
1: The same type of food the kitten is used to eat, in order not to upset his/her stomach with a sudden change of diet. We use Hill's Pet Nutrition combined with home made food. We will provide you with a Kitten Starter Pack containing enough food for the first few days. You are welcome to contact us for any tips on nutrition.
2: Have a clean litter box ready. Our kittens are litter trained and are used to Regal Cat clumping litter.
3: Have suitable bowls for food and water ready.
4: VERY IMPORTANT!! Set aside a quiet and preferably small room (if possible with a soft bed or couch) for your cat/kitten. You must let your new pet stay in this room until he/she becomes comfortable with you and is eating well.
This helps the new cat/kitten to calmly explore the new place, as well as get used to you. It is important to give time, and to talk sweetly and act very gently towards your new pet. If he/she wants to stay hidden, leave him/her doing that, don't force him/her out or you might either get scratched or scare the kitten.
After the cat/kitten starts to be more comfortable with you and he/she is eating well, you can let the door open in order for him/her to start exploring the new environment.
If the cat/kitten is crying after you leave the room and runs towards you when you are entering that room, he/she is definitely ready to explore the new home.
5: If you have other pets, either cats and dogs, do not let them with your new cat/kitten immediately, as this could get the animals hurt as well as compromise your relationship with your new pet.
While the cat/kitten is settling in the new room, let your other pets sniff around the door and on you to get used to the smell of your new pet. Do not force the animals together, but introduce them slowly and monitor them. For the first period, do not leave your new cat/kitten alone with your other pets, especially if you are outside the house. Accidents can and will happen.
You can leave them together after you are 100% sure that they will get along.
6: When you are entering the room, place the carrier on the floor and let your cat/kitten come out on his/her own. Be calm, quiet and relaxed. You can use a feather teaser-toy to encourage your new pet to come out of the carrier.
7: Make sure that your new cat/kitten knows exactly where the litter tray and food is. After exploring part of the house, at the beginning, he/she might get lost so you will have to help him/her to find the litter tray and food.
8: Sit or lie on the floor at your kitten's level to play and socialize. Do not do quick movements or he/she might get scared.
9: You might have to place your new pet several times in the litter after arrival. Make sure he/she is using it.
10: Check that your cat/kitten is eating and drinking regularly after the first few days.
11: Do not introduce too many people at once to your kitten/cat. Make sure he/she is first getting comfortable with you and then slowly introduce new family members.
12: Do not let your kitten/cat run the full house immediately. Also, do not let him/her outside (even on a harness) until the cat/kitten is comfortable with you.
13: Make sure to remove any possible hazard in order to avoid accidents with your new cat/kitten. Remove also small objects or anything that the cat might get and play with. Remember, it is never the cat/kitten's fault, it is yours!
14: Bengal cats and kittens are very smart and active, so make sure to provide them with different toys and ample space to play. They must feel stimulated and not bored.
If you follow these simple rules introducing the new cat/kitten to your home will go smoothly and will be a good experience for you.
ENJOY YOUR NEW BENGAL 🙂