How to welcome your cat to his new home

To prepare for the arrival of your kitten, be sure to have the essential supplies already on hand. Then you can make the most of the big moment and get to know your new little companion in an atmosphere of quiet and relaxation.

  • For transportation

    When you go to pick up your kitten from the breeder, shelter or the person who’s caring for him, you’ll need a suitable carrying case. You can’t just put a leash on the kitten, nor can you let it roam freely in a vehicle – which could lead to an accident. Choose a good, strong pet carrying cage. It’s perfect for trips to the vet and will serve you well for years.

  • At home

    A cat’s territory is divided into several areas: feeding, rest and a playing/chasing area. To define these areas as clearly as possible, place the following equipment in different rooms:

    • a cat tree with a high perch where your cat can sit happily for hours;
    • a scratching post to discourage him from using your walls, curtains , furniture and sofa to sharpen his claws;
    • a litter box placed well away from his resting and feeding areas;
    • a basket or cardboard box (cats love to have a roof over their heads);
    • some toys to stimulate his hunting instinct, e.g. a mechanical mouse, a cork attached to a string, toy balls, etc.

    Remember, a kitten is a fragile little being and needs time to get used to a new environment. The golden rule when you bring your kitten home is not to rush him. Let him discover his environment quietly, without pressure. Keep children away at first or, if they’re old enough to understand, explain that the kitten needs to be protected and have peace and quiet for his first few days. Your kitten will return the favour a hundredfold!

Why is grooming important for my pet?

You might think grooming your pets is just to keep them looking good. But it's also about maintaining your pet's physical health.

Grooming helps to remove dead hair, dirt, tangles and dandruff. While you brush, the natural oils spread through your pet's fur, leaving the coat with a healthy sheen.

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