The first acquaintance
4.1. At what time to plan a purchase of a kitten?
Cats’ exhibitions where you can get a kitten take place at weekends. Catteries visiting also is more convenient to plan on weekend. Days off - time when the members of the family have more free time and you will have a possibility to surround a new member of a family with attention and love. Then your kitten very soon will understand that you are the new owner and the friend.
It is absolutely important how the kitten will get to your house; after all it is your first steps on a way to friendship and love. The classical variant of carrying the kitten over in the bosom is undesirable, as in this case the baby is under a big stress, after all it is impossible to explain to it where and what stranger carries it. It can start to panic and try to escape, using all its fighting arsenal consisting from small, but very sharp teeth and claws. As a result you will have to hold it even stronger that, most likely, will provoke it on absolutely desperate resistance. You will get home enemies, and there will require a lot of time and patience to prove to a small being that you only wish well to it.
The kitten should study at first only one room and understand that it is its house. In a room there should be a meal bowl which it has got used to (ask the breeder about it), a bowl with water, and also the litter box, which the kitten will soon start to search for sure.
As soon as the kitten dares to leave the basket, it means that it has overcome the first fear. In the beginning it, to tell the truth, will slowly crawl on its belly and hide under a sofa or a case but this is a normal behavior for a cat in new, unfamiliar conditions. Don't let to a kitten the other pets and children at first.
Note. Don't forget that the kitten will follow you close now, will run underfoot, climb you, never understanding that closed doors can appear mortally dangerous for it. Move very carefully about the room. Such a small being can get into the most unpleasant situation because of pure curiosity, therefore constantly keep an eye on it.
The adult cat remembers the previous house and it takes it much time to get used to a new one, therefore have patience. A timid cat. As such cat will constantly hide in the beginning you should give up the expectation to have a gentle and tender house friend nearby. Try to find a source of its fear, it can be certain movements or sounds. To call trust, at first the same person should communicate with it, feed it and from time to time give it a titbit. In due course timidity will be gone. A cat "with an attitude". If you got a cat "with an attitude”, possibly, you will come across some problems. For example, it will start to neglect scratching posts and will start to scratch and bite you when you want to carry it to these objects. Don't take it in arms, regularly put a bowl with meal before it and behave calmly and coolly. Gradually you will gain its trust. The veterinary can recommend some homeopathic depressants for your cat.
Let the new cat get used to other pets living with you. In order to avoid conflicts on the general territory you should distinguish forms of behavior of separate animals.
The cat and the dog get on well with each other if they grow together. Also it is possible to teach the adult, well brought up and betrayed to the owner dog to respect a cat. Let the dog know that the cat is a member of the "band" from that moment too. The big problems arise in case when to a very capricious cat settle a young dog. It can suppress a puppy to such degree by its behavior that in due course it becomes the timid, unhappy animal constantly looking for a place to hide.
Children are often inclined to squeeze excessively a "newcomer", to express the emotions roughly, to grasp a kitten, to pull its tail... The adult cat can perfectly "escape" from children when it doesn't want to be bothered, but the kitten is helpless. You should explain to children that a kitten is not a toy that it needs to sleep much and it is absolutely impossible to awake it for playing. At the beginning it is even better to forbid the children to play with a kitten in your absence as it can be dangerous to both of them.
How to hold a cat in arms correctly:
Physical contact is very important for establishing friendly mutual relations with your cat. If you take a cat in arms or carry it, you should give it the chance to pose the way at which it feels most comfortable, and to talk to it calmly. Steadfast and perverse cats meet very seldom. Try to understand what your cat loves, what favours are pleasant to it - scratching behind an ear, a stroking on a head, stomach combing. Take your cat in arms only when it wants it, never force it and don't do flicks which may frighten it.
PLACES WHICH CAN BE STROKED
Small toys, fur-tree tinsel, foil, fishing hooks, chips, needles for sewing, pins, prickles and other subjects can become the reason of a trauma and destruction of a kitten, and even the adult cat won't refuse to chew a polyethylene stopper from a vial with a Valerian smell. Threads are very dangerous, they can wind round the tongue and cause its hydrops, get stuck between teeth. Tubular bones are easily split and can injure a throat, a gullet, a stomach. Don't throw and don't leave dangerous subjects anywhere. The order in the house – health pledge of its tenants.
Kittens try everything on tooth, therefore toys should be only from a harmless material.
The toys tied to a rope or a thread, are dangerous for a cat, it can get tangled and even to suffocate, therefore, when you aren't in the house, it is better to hide such toys.
All small objects which can be swallowed, should be stored in out of reach place.
While the kitten is small, close or stick all narrow cracks and take away or fix all subjects which can fall.
Learn from the breeder or the former owner of a kitten, what diet it is used to (quantity of feedings in the day, accurately measured doses or "the free" portions, what food the kitten ate). If you want to change its diet, it is necessary to make transition gradually, within a week. Gradual transition will lower risk of stool softening or a diarrhea which are very dangerous for kitten's health.
Always watch that the kitten has fresh water and that it has an opportunity to eat peacefully.
The first separation, the first acquaintance with the loneliness, the first night can be very difficult for your new pet.