Post Adoption Help and Advice - Kittens


When you first adopt your kitten you will need to help them settle into their new home - meeting the family, exploring the surroundings and even venturing into the great outdoors. A change in environment is stressful for a kitten and it can take a while before your kitten feels settled. Take one step at a time, be patient, and always work at the kitten’s pace when letting them adjust to their new home. Your kitten may want to hide or quietly explore the house when they first arrive, don’t worry as they may take time to adjust. After an hour or so, you’ll be able to approach your kitten by calling their name - let the kitten come to you. Our fostering team will have worked hard at socialising your kitten to get them used to a household environment. Once your kitten seems comfortable with you, you can introduce them to the rest of the family.


Kittens have small stomachs and high energy needs, so they should be fed little and often. Check their food during the day and replace it four times a day, giving them a quality kitten meat . They also need to have complete kitten biscuits available to nibble on throughout the day and night. When your kitten is six months old they can reduce to two meals/day and different foods and biscuits can be gradually introduced. Always check the label on your chosen food for advice on quantities as your kitten grows. Ensure a fresh supply of drinking water is available and do not give your kitten milk.


We vaccinate all kittens against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia when they are at least 9 weeks old and initially they require two injections three weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster. We will inform you whether your kitten has had one or both of its injections (depending on how long it has been with us) and when its next injection/booster is due.


Your kitten will be wormed and de-fleaed by Cats Protection and you will be given the dates for when these treatments are due again. Kittens need to be wormed every month until six months old then every three months. They need to be de-fleaed every month to help prevent infestations in the home. There are a wide range flea products in the shops but not all are effective so please only use products available from your vet.


Once your kitten is secure and happy in their environment, only then can you allow them to explore outdoors. This can take between three and four weeks. Ensure that you keep doors and windows closed to prevent escape. When you first let them out go with them, and make sure they know the way back into the house. Let them out on an empty stomach just before their next meal, you can then tempt them back with food, so they’ll get used to going back to the house more freely.


Your kitten will have been neutered (if old enough), however if they are too young we will advise on the best time to have this done. It is so important to have your kitten neutered prior to letting them out, to prevent any unplanned pregnancies. Female cats can become pregnancy from aged four months. Neutering has many health benefits for both male and female cats. Unneutered male cats are more likely to end up injured from fighting, or straying from home.


Kittens are playful and full of energy, and can race around and then fall asleep exhausted. Like babies, kittens need lots of sleep, so make sure they get lots of time to rest. They need to be provided with toys for mental stimulation and exercise. but never leave them alone with toys. Don’t punish your kitten as this can make them anxious or fearful. Gently say ‘no’ and ignore them for a while or distract them with a toy. Reward the behaviour you want by offering praise or a small treat. Certain behaviours are normal for a cat such as climbing, hiding, hunting, scratching and predatory-style playing. It is important that they find ways through play to express these behaviours or they can end up scratching and shredding furniture and curtains!


Your kitten comes with 4 weeks free insurance through Pet Plan but you have to pay the first £85 of any vet bill yourself. Pet Plan will write to you after the 4 weeks to see if you wish to continue the insurance for your kitten. We do recommend that you take out insurance as you are responsible for all vet bills from when the kitten leaves our care.


Your kitten needs a comfy bed to sleep in, but a cardboard box and plenty of blankets will do. They will also no doubt choose where they want to sleep! Kittens need toys and for a young kitten a teddy is often appreciated. A litter tray is obviously essential and should be placed in a quiet location away from their bed, food and water bowls. Scoop out any solid waste daily, and replace the litter completely each week. Providing your kitten with a scratching post kept near their bed is often a good idea, it helps keep their claws in good condition and helps them mark their territory.  Keep your kitten in a reasonably restricted, quiet area for the first few days so that they can find their litter tray and are not too overwhelmed. We recommend getting your kitten used to a quick release or safety collar so that it can be easily identified when you start letting it out. Make sure their collar fits correctly, two fingers should fit snuggly underneath it when they are wearing it. Remember to check it regularly as your kitten is growing in size. You will also need a cat carrier for trips to the vet or when travelling with your cat. The ideal carrier should be strong, lightweight and easy to clean.


Your kitten will be microchipped before leaving us, and you will received registration documents a few weeks after you have adopted your kitten.


We hope this information helps you and your kitten enjoy your new life together, but should you need any further help or advice please contact us at North Wirral Branch on 0345 260 1376

You will also find lots of help and advice on the National Cats Protection website.
In the Cat Care section you will find vet-approved advice on everything from Getting a Cat, Cat Behaviour, Diet, Home environment, Health, Vaccinations, Keeping your cat safe and lots more.


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