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Instructions For Bringing Your Ocicat Home

On the way home:
Please keep you kitten in the carrier at all times on the way home. Your kitten has never been away from its mother and may be very frightened on the way home. It the kitten gets out it can squeeze through the smallest opening and possibly get out a window, or get under the seats or pedals of the car. The safest place for your kitten is in the carrier. Kittens, like people, can get motion sickness when in the car. Do not be alarmed if your kitten vomits while in the car. If your kitten is soiled you can easily clean up once you are home by wiping your kitten’s fur off with a damp cloth.

When you arrive home:
When your baby arrives home, it may be scared and insecure. The kitten has just been removed from its only known residence where she/he was surrounded by mother, siblings, and other familiar sights and sounds. With that in mind, be patient with your newly adopted loved one. Below are some of the behaviors you may experience the first few days your baby arrives. 1. Meowing or crying (your kitten may be calling for its mother as it feels lost)
  • Speak slowly and softly to the kitten to reassure them all is going to be okay. Try holding him/her.
  • Place a heating pad (on low) under the kittens bedding if you think the kitten may be cold.
  • Your kitten will stop crying usually within the first three days.
2. Hiding under beds, couches or in closets (she/he is frightened with new surroundings, sights and sounds)
  • Put your new baby in a small room with its litter box, water, food and toys.
  • A bathroom can be cold and isolating. The best location would be a room that you will be in often so the baby is not lonely and can start to bond with you (e.g., your bedroom).
3. Introducing you kitten to other family pets
  • If you have other animals, do not introduce them the first couple of days. Before you introduce them, let them smell each other under the door or put one animal in a kennel/carrier where they can feel secure so they can start to see each other, smell each other and get used to one another without touching each other.
  • When your kittens meets other family pets make sure both the kitten and other pets have recently have their nails trimmed, for both of their safety.
  • Introduce them slowly starting with short supervised visits. Once they seem more comfortable with each other you can increase the length of time they are together. Do not leave your kitten with your other animals unattended until you are sure they have a relationship of trust and mutual regard.
4. Not eating
  • If the kitten is stressed, he/she may not eat for a day. Make sure there is food and water available. If no food has been eaten within 24 hours, call me. If signs of dehydration occur (also possible after 24 hours), notify me immediately by phone and email.
  • If your kitten chooses to hide under something like a sofa or bed, push food and water dishes under the bed/sofa so they have access to it. Often kittens that are very scared will wait till the house is completely quiet at night to eat.
5. Not using the litter box
  • Your kitten has been trained to use a box and has been using one since approximately 4 weeks of age.
  • Sometimes, a kitten will not eat much at a new residence and therefore, may not eliminate much or at all over the first 24-48 hours.
  • Keep a cat box close to where your baby is spending most of his/her time at first.
    Show him/her where the box is by placing him/her in it. And be patient.
    All that goes in, eventually comes out

Kitten-proof your home:
1. Remove objects that may get damaged if your kitten pushes them off a table or shelf.

2. Your kitten has never been around open sources of water. So until it is older:

  • Do not leave toilet lids open.
  • Do not leave buckets of water unattended.
  • Do not leave your bath / hot tub unattended when full.
3. Sofa Beds / couches are notorious for injuring and killing small animals. Kittens like to burrow under pillows and climb into the inside of sofa beds. Use caution when folding your sofa bed and / or sitting on your couch.

4. Window blind cords can entangle and injure curious kittens. Please tie up your cords.

5. Remove plants that may be poisonous.

6. Make sure if you drop any kind of human medication you find it and dispose of it properly. Something as simple as dropping one Tylenol can injure your cat.

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