Cats and kittens tend to prefer short bouts of handling and interaction. Kittens should be touched on all parts of their body including the face, ears, feet, legs and tail. They need to be frequently lifted and gently restrained.
Introduce your kitten to several toys. Variety is important – try toys that are noisy, move rapidly, or those that are feathery or shiny.
Avoid encouraging your kitten to chase fingers. Fingers are not prey and you may want to stroke your cat without being attacked!
Resting and hiding
Cats need several places to drink and rest. They like places to hide such as a cardboard box on its side. They also like to rest in higher places such as on a shelf.
Installing a Feliway diffuser will increase your new cat’s sense of security to its new home.
The Cat Carrier
Please choose a robust carrier, not cardboard. Ideally the box should be regarded at home as “part of the furniture” so that it doesn’t become a signal for a stressful journey - put some familiar smelling bedding in the cat carrier. Keep the carrier covered during journeys and at the vet’s waiting room
All cats prefer a fine grain litter material. It is useful to use the same type of litter that the kitten has been used to when with its mother. Cats prefer a covered litter tray, away from busy areas and other animals.
Cats prefer not to eat near to where they toilet.
Multiple Cats in One Household
Cats by nature are solitary hunters. They will often live happily with relatives, particularly related females.
Cats tend to be intolerant of outsiders, so please be aware that they are likely to become stressed if they are required to live with a cat to which they are not related.
If your new kitten is going to live with another cat, please speak to a vet for advice on introducing them. The cats are more likely to get on if they do not have to share feeding, resting, drinking and toileting sites. They will need several places to eat, drink and rest. These each need to be in completely separate and private places.