Before you get a kitten

A little kitten is one of the cutest things there is. However, they grow fast, and today many cats live to be 10 years or older. Getting a cat is a big responsibility and it’s important that you carefully consider your decision and prepare yourself and your family to take good care of it.


Before you decide which cat to get, it's a good idea to try and get as much information as possible. Read books, search the internet and talk to other cat owners about their experiences. Why not visit a cat show, where you can see how the cats look and behave in real life? Also, make sure no one in your family is allergic to cats. If you haven’t had pets before, two cats are recommended. The same applies if you are not home for a large part of the day. The cats can hang out with each other, often becoming calmer.


According to the animal welfare law, a kitten must be at least 12 weeks old before leaving her mother. If the kitten is separated from the mother too early, there is a greater risk of behavioral problems and insecurity as an adult. All cats that are registered with (insert correct information for your country here) SVERAK have a pedigree. Cats used in breeding or exhibitions should also be ID-tagged. There is no law stating that cats must be tagged, but the more cats that are, the greater the chance that they can reunite with their owners if lost or injured. When buying the kitten, make sure it’s fully vaccinated and inspected by a vet.


If you want to take your kitten home by car, it’s important to plan the trip beforehand. It can be stressful and dangerous to travel with the kitten loose, for the both of you. Use a cat carrier and cover it with a blanket, as the darkness helps the kitten feel protected and comfortable during the trip. Note that the stress that the trip can cause may lead to small "accidents" in the car. Bring a roll of household paper and an extra blanket, just in case.


Your kitten will probably feel alone because of the separation from her mother and siblings. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, it’s important to prepare the kitten's arrival to her new family. Make sure the kitten has a comfortable place to sleep, toys to play with, a place for food and water and easy access to the cat box. It’s also important that she has her own place where she can be alone when she wants to. Never disturb your kitten when she eats or sleeps and remember to stick to the same brand of kitten feed, as the kitten's stomach is extremely sensitive to changes.

Remove valuable things you want to be careful with– your kitten doesn’t understand the difference between her toys and your belongings. This is something you must try to get her used to over time. In the beginning, it may be necessary to limit the space for your kitten – especially if you have a large house. As the kitten grows, you can expand the space. If your kitten comes from a home with kids or from a family with other pets, it’s usually better prepared for noises and movements at home. Avoid separating the kitten from the rest of the family when you have guests coming over. Instead, try to teach your kitten where it’s allowed to be.



Let your kitten discover her new home step by step and try to lower your and your children's enthusiasm by being calm and careful around her. If your kitten grows up in an environment that is loud or intense, she can develop nervous and anxious characteristics. It’s also important that you find a good balance between letting the kitten be alone and activated by hanging out and playing with her.


Your kitten will divide her life into four different areas – one feeding area, one place for rest, one place of hygiene, and a playground. You must respect these areas. If your kitten doesn’t feel comfortable with how it can perform its natural behaviors, it can develop behavioral disorders.


And one last tip! Try to arrange for your kitten to arrive during the weekend, as you will need a little extra time to focus on your new family member.

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