The Cat's Pajamas: Caring for a New Kitten

Adopting a new kitten can be a great joy for all involved. Not only do you get a new furry friend for company, but you get the enjoyment of watching a kitten grow. Here are some things you’ll want to think about before you bring your new kitten home, including a stain removal tip or two!

Home Safety

Safety should be your first concern. Does your home contain any spaces or items that could be a hazard to a small cat? These would include items with sharp edges or points, tight spaces, and even certain types of houseplants. Are you in the habit of leaving windows open? Are there any spaces, such as behind the fridge, where your kitten could get trapped? Do a survey of the house and make sure nothing is left out, and research the location of the closest vet just in case.

 House Training

House training your kitten can take some time, but putting in the time early will forge good habits early so that cat urine will be much less of a problem. Having an easily accessible litter box is the first thing you’ll need. To begin the process, place your kitten in the litter box after feeding, and scratch the litter with your finger. After doing this for the first few times, your kitten should quickly learn that the litter box is its toilet. If it has trouble learning, consult a vet about how you should continue the process.

 Necessary Items

With a new kitten you’ll need a host of new toys and other items too, such as a litter box, a cat bed, food dishes (not to mention the food). Scratching posts, brushes, and toys can help keep your cat happy, but understanding what they need can be an ongoing process, so budget as required.

 Cleaning

Cat urine is a very difficult substance to remove, so you need to be on guard. Confining your pet to a specific room, such as a kitchen can initially prevent your kitten from making too much of a mess, but over time your curious cat will want to explore, and with good training he or she will be less likely to stain anything. When accidents do happen, Resolve® has you covered. Whether your cat has urinated on clothing or carpet will determine which product you use, but rest assured that you can turn to Resolve® for every stain, big or small.