Picking up Your Kitten
Bring a sherpa bag and small crate with you when you pick up your kitten. Kittens startle easily, so it is important, when you first see the kitten, to be calm and quiet. They take time to adjust to a new environment. Let them adjust at their own pace.
At home, the kitten should be kept in a room that is safe and quiet. Large wire crates for sleeping with water and a small litter box are a good option. Allow the kitten time and opportunity to acclimate to you and to their new home.
Caring for Your Kitten
Kittens chew anything. Allowing them access to things like electric cords, wires, plants, pieces of plastic, rubberbands, pieces or even stuffing from toys can cause a blockage, which can result in a sick kitten and big vet bill. It also can be life-threatening. To make sure your kitten is safe, when you are unable to supervise, put him or her in a crate.
Kittens get into everything. They can climb into washers and dryers, refrigerators and reclining chairs. As above, when you are unable to supervise your kitten, crate.
Do not allow your kitten to wear a collar. Even breakaway collars can get stuck in kittens' mouths, and not breakaway. To function as a breakaway collar, the kitten must weigh 10 or more pounds.
Please make informed decisions. Keep up with the research. Overvaccinating and use of the wrong vaccine can affect the quality and length of your kitten's life. These two studies provide a good start to the current research: Cornell Study: Feline Vaccines: Benefits and Risks and Vaccines for Cats.
Things Kittens Love
Kittens love cat trees; sofa beds; cat toys, cat nip toys; clean, fresh water, bedding, and litter; and time with their owners. They want to be part of your family.