Guide to bringing home a new kitten
Everything you need and need to know for the big day.
Look for an ideal age
The most desirable age to adopt a kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age. After 12 weeks old, kittens may have a more difficult time adapting to a new environment. And it may be more difficult to change any traits or habits they’ve already developed. So look for kittens under 3 months old so you can help shape their temperament and personality.
Kitten-proof your home
Put away small items (paper clips, rubber bands, buttons, beads, etc.) that your kitten could try to ingest. And place all electrical cords out of reach. Also be aware of any access to household products or plants that may be harmful to your new kitten.
Set up a kitten-friendly litterbox
Kittens don’t need a full-size litterbox and may actually have better success using a box with lower sides (about 1 inch). Help your kitten to understand what is expected by placing him or her in the litterbox after meals.
Use a cat carrier
Bring your new kitten home in a cat carrier—and always use one for transport any time after that. The carrier can become a familiar and comforting place when you visit the veterinarian or travel and will help keep your kitten safe.