How To Introduce a New Kitten to Your Home

1. Set Up a Safe Space

Before bringing home your new kitten, prepare a safe, confined, and kitten-proofed area. This allows for a gradual transition into their new home and provides a personal space where they can relax.

2. Let the Kitten Explore

Upon arrival, take the kitten to their designated room and let them explore at their own pace. It may take several days for a kitten to adjust. Gradually allow them access to other areas of your home under supervision.

3. Teach Proper Play

Engage in multiple short, positive interactions throughout the day, around 10 minutes each, to strengthen the bond with your kitten. Play provides essential physical and mental stimulation.

4. Introduce the Kitten to Other Pets

Slowly introduce your new kitten to existing pets. Keep them in separate rooms for the first 7 to 14 days. Let them meet through a barrier like a baby gate, and gradually increase interactions if both remain calm.

5. Keep the Kitten Safe at Night

Confine your kitten to their safe space at night. Cats are most active at dusk and dawn, and this practice prevents play-related disturbances and ensures safety. Keeping them in a kitten-proofed area during these times helps you sleep undisturbed.

6. Consider Adopting Two Kittens

Adopting a pair of kittens provides them with a playmate, enhancing mental stimulation and social development. According to the SPCA of Northern Virginia, it s easier to introduce two kittens at once rather than adding a second adult cat later.

7. Use Feliway Calming Diffuser

Consider using a Feliway Calming Diffuser in the kitten s space to reduce stress and help them settle in. This diffuser releases calming pheromones that can make the transition to their new home smoother and more comfortable.