Arriving home

Once you get home, it is a good idea to have a room especially set up for the kitten’s arrival.  Make sure the room is warm, and all of the doors and windows are closed.  Give your kitten time to come out of the carrier at their own pace and let them approach you and explore their new home in their own time. Do not expect your kitten to feel too playful straight away – their new environment may seem frightening to them, as will being surrounded by new people. 

Spend time in the room with your kitten

But do not force them to be cuddled or held until they are ready for it.  Make sure voices are kept low, and you do not make too many large or sudden movements when your kitten emerges to explore the room.  Cats are naturally attracted to warm locations, so your kitten may well instinctively seek out your lap.

If you have young children

Try to help them understand that the kitten will need both space and time to settle into its new home. As exciting as it is to have a kitten, they will need to remember that the kitten will not want to play all the time, and will often need lots of sleep. You must also emphasise that the kitten is very small, and very fragile. Children must be very careful when holding or picking up the kitten, as the kitten is so small, it can easily be hurt by over-enthusiastic cuddles, or by being dropped. In the beginning, make sure you supervise your children when they play with the kitten.

It may be necessary to keep up this approach for a week or two, introducing your kitten to new rooms and spaces slowly.  Someone will need to keep an eye on the kitten each time they are introduced to a new space, as they are extremely inquisitive, and can often end up finding hiding spaces you would never have through of, or discovering unexpected hazards that will need to be removed.  However, don’t be surprised if you find them snuggled up next to you on your pillow.