7 Ways to Make Your New Kitten Feel Comfortable in a New Apartment

Heather Hill
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Delay Getting Another Pet

The most important thing to do is to get a kitten that excels in adapting to his new life. Read the advice in this article and see which one meets these requirements:

  • Curious and playful
  • Not fearful or aggressive
  • Active and athletic
  • No known history of major health issues

All these traits and behaviors are special because, due to them your kitten will be more open toward new stimuli and rapid learning, will be able to fit into your life, entertain you, and quiet easily adapt to change.

If you want to buy a kitten, ask your local shelter for the high-quality breed they have. Don't even think about buying a cat from a pet shop, because it's more likely to get sick and die a young age. This way, you’ll get a kitten raised in a happier environment.

Personal Space

Cats need their own territory where they feel safe and can relax. If you have a multi-level apartment, like cats in general, you could have your cat’s own territory on each floor. If you don’t have the time and money to build an extra room or make an extension, you can use a file shelf or an old cupboard and paint it with cat-friendly paint. If you want to see how to make an end table for your cat from scratch, just search on Youtube.

Elevator

A tall apartment block has a lift for people to move between floors. If your cat is too scared to use stairs you could create an elevator for your feline. You can buy a suspended toy like a simple lantern at a dollar shop or a seat like in parcel delivery van and hang it on the wall. If there is a cardboard box close by, it can be used to create a small space for your cat when travelling to a different floor.

Litter Box

We probably wouldn’t transport our kittens to a new home without their own bed, toys, and litter box. Still, many people take a kitten to their new home without those things in place.

Although cats are very able to cope with such transitions, we can do everything possible to make it easier on them by transporting them with the same litter and litter box they’ve become accustomed to using.

If you're bringing a new kitten to your home, here are some tips on helping her adjust professionally.

Provide a Box with Open, Few-Step Entrance.

Following is a good kitten checklist:

Scratching Issues

If you have a young kitten, it is very important to keep them from scratching any of your furniture or floors in your apartment. Before a kitten is old enough that their claws are sharp, their nails are tiny and soft.

When kittens scratch, they are removing the outer-most layers of their claws. This is a natural part of the cat’s grooming routine and is a healthy stress reliever for them.

Prevent scratching in the wrong places by providing your kitten with a scratching post in your apartment.

Set the post up in a convenient place, and make sure to give it a thorough scratching each day. This should help your kitten to not to go after your wooden furniture and floors.

Don’t forget that you can also buy claw caps which will keep your furniture damage-free.

Windowsill

As mentioned above, cats enjoy the outdoors and want to be able to see birds, squirrels, and other interesting creatures. Provide a clear view of the outdoors for your cat by placing her litter box on a windowsill or near a window.

You could also leave the window open a crack, just enough for your cat to stick her head out. Encourage this behavior by placing a few treats out the windowsill. When she begins to enjoy the outdoors, you can open the window a little more.

Be sure to keep the air inside comfortable, or your cat will not spend time enjoying the outdoors.

Kitten-proof Your Apartment

Make your place safe and comfy for your kitten. It’ll to be a place she’ll love and call her own.

For novices, a kitten-proofed house may mean a litter box in every corner, so that's something to ask your landlord and agree upon. Remember, your kitten has claws and may be into everything.

For the most part, however, you can take your time exploring her new environment.

Try one step at a time and give her time to adjust to her new home.

While a cat may have environmental preferences, most cats will adapt to most homes, given a bit of time. So adjustments should not be a problem.

If you have other pets, you need to learn the rules that govern the interaction of cats. And an important rule of introducing cats is close supervision.

Some kittens may be too young to play with adult cats. Also some adult cats may be territorial, so take precaution.

Once you have a better understanding of the time when a cat and a kitten can interact, slowly start playing with your kitten.

However, keep in mind you need to carry your kitten back to her bed or let her in her carrier if she is losing interest in play or is feeling overwhelmed or is picking up on some signals from the adult cat you don’t notice.

Give It Time

The first days in a new home can be easy, especially for cats. How many times have you seen a cat that is making its first steps in the house. They don’t seem agitated or nervous but rather curious and just observing the surroundings.

Cats tend to live in a moment; they have no future expectations. They are happy with the food they are given today and if they get any attention in the next 20 minutes, then it’s good enough for today. If you plan to prepare your cat for the future, best to teach your feline.

Detailed previously, it’s all about bonding with your pet. Make it comfortable that the place is now new home and everything is new to them.

It’s best you make it happy right in the beginning rather than give your cat time to adjust and then have to take some steps to make it comfortable.