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Recommendations for the first days after moving of the kitten

Updated: Feb 26

In this guide, we will concentrate on the primary phases of a kitten's adjustment to its new home. Here are the key responsibilities you should undertake initially:

  1. Managing Stress: Upon bringing the kitten home, locate a quiet room, open the carrier, and allow the kitten some solitude. It is advisable to refrain from introducing the kitten to new family members, children, or other animals during the initial days. Avoid pulling the kitten out of the carrier and focus on observing its behavior. If the kitten responds positively to being stroked and played with, that's excellent. If it attempts to escape, consider giving it some more time. Gradually, the kitten will become more confident and display increased curiosity.

  2. Feeding: Our cattery typically feeds dry food. For British breed kittens, it's crucial to ensure that their food contains no more than 20% fat to prevent diarrhea. Evening meals for our cats consist of canned food, with 3oz being sufficient for one kitten. The feline diet also includes boiled chicken, raw ground beef, and a boiled egg per ground chicken breast. Kittens are introduced to communal eating after two months, and each cat may have individual food preferences. When transitioning to a new food, do it gradually over 2-3 days for each proportion (75:25, 50:50, 25:75) and opt for holistic or super-premium class food for better digestibility.

  3. Dealing with Diarrhea: Diarrhea is a common issue post-arrival. Stress is a significant cause, and stress-related diarrhea typically resolves within a week. Use bottled water to prevent water-related issues, as tap or mineralized water may lead to diarrhea and urolithiasis. Cater to your kitten's food preferences to avoid digestive issues. If distressing diarrhea persists for more than 5 days, consult a veterinarian. Monitor the kitten's behavior; if lethargic, seek immediate veterinary attention. Keep an eye on the kitten's rear end during diarrhea episodes to prevent dirtiness or clumping, as these issues can be serious and necessitate cleaning tap water at room temperature with pet shampoo.

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