A new home for a kitten and hints for the move.

When to look for a new home


If the little ones grow and prosper well, and little or no problems are expected and they're about five weeks of age, one can start to look out for a new home for them. This can be a problem, and may not be underestimated. Maybe the following hints are useful by the search for the new owners and the move from the kitten to its new home.

Minimum age to replace a kitten


A kitten can be replaced after its first vaccination, when its about nine weeks old. Many new owners don't want to wait that long. That's to bad, just search for a new address. It 's better to keep the kittens a bit longer, then moving them to an address that doesn't feel right. It's always possible to make a derogatory agreement.

Indoor cat


It's always sad to learn a kitten that has been saved and was brought up with a bottle, has died because of an accident. Most saved orphan kittens are very suitable to be held as an indoor cat. There is no objection to search specifically for new homes which will hold the kittens as indoor cats.

A lonely kitten


Many partners, whom work both all day long like to have a pet. Many people see the pet as a completion to their household. It's understandable that a kitten which lives all alone can develope behavior problems, because it's bored. Maybe they'll consider taking two. It can work money-saving when kittens can play together instead of demolishing the interior. Is one searching for a calm cat, which can be left alone and won't touch the furniture, one can better go to a animal shelter and look there for an adult cat.

Reasonable fee


Normally a kitten goes to a new owner when it's flea free, dewormed, socialized, vaccinated and chipped. It's reasonable to ask a small fee. The costs for the vaccination and the chip are a reasonable amount.

Second visit to the vet

  The new owner must arrange the second vaccination. When the kitten has reached the age of three months it must go to the veterinarian again. The veterinarian will give it thorough look-over and its second vaccination. A next deworming will be given, and the kitten will become a client in the veterinarians administration. The most veterinarians will send a remembrance every year when a cat is expected for its annual vaccination.

Already a cat in the new home

  In case there is already another cat present at the new address, one can give some hints to make sure the acquaintance between the two cats will be calm and friendly. For instance: one can bring the new cat home in a basket with a small blanket which already has the scent of the other cat. Or one can put a drop of valerian on the kitten (many cats get lyrical from this scent).

The litterbox at the new adress

  When a kitten suddenly is not housetrained at the new address, the cause is mostly the cat litter which its not used to. The new owner can mix the cat litter it's used to with the new cat litter and switch over slowly to the new cat litter. One may not expect from a very young animal it will find the litterbox in the attic, when it's playing two floors down. Therefore: extra litterboxes are needed. Cats don't like to poop and pee on the same litterbox. There is a rule: one cat, two litterboxes. For two cats, two litterboxes will do. For every next cat, one extra litterbox is needed.

Switching food

  To switch from food all at once can cause diarrhea. Feed the kitten at the new address the food it's used to and gradually switch over to something else.

Kittens need rest

  Kittens needs to rest much. If little children are present at the new address, it might be necessary to inform the new owner the kitten needs its rest. Not every child has learned how to treat animals.