|Purred: Wed Jul 10, '13 5:54am PST |
|I have to applaud you too, you are asking good questions and thinking enough of the kitty, that is great. You can already tell you will be a great cat mom (or dad?).
I still think a safe room is a good idea, even if you don't have other pets, because it is important for the kitty to feel safe in a new home before they venture out to check out the rest of the house. Once they feel secure in that room, you will see, if they get scared of anything they will RUN back to that room. You may not need to keep kitty in that room as long since you don't have another cat or dog to get it used to, but I think a few days in the safe room is still a good idea.
I agree, the cat tree in the living room will be a good idea I have one in my living room and since I got a great deal on a second one, I have one in the bedroom also. Check out amazon and Ararkat trees.....they are not the highest quality trees, but they are good and solid enough and a great value. I just got a $150 tree for $38!!!!! An Aramarkat! Free shipping! So check for sales, you will be amazed what you can find on amazon.
I agree that laundry rooms could be scary for a cat because of the noise of the washing machine. Some cats end up with litter box issues, and I think sometimes it is because the cat is not comfortable with where the litter box is. Actually, if you have an upstairs and downstairs, or a big house, having several litter boxes, especially if you have a kitten, is a really good idea. I actually made several small ones out of box lids, like from a box lid from a game or about that size. Having litter boxes close by can really help prevent the kitten from finding another place to go. In fact, this is another reason to keep the kitten confined to a single room for a few days, to make sure they know what the litter box is for and they are going there. Some young kittens will pick a comfy bed comforter instead, and if that happens, you may have to put kitty in a bathroom with a box, or a smaller place, so that they don't have options, just the litter box, until that is solidly established. Most cats are pretty easy though, but some need a little help figuring it out. And once good litter box habits are established, you can probably do away with the extra boxes, especially if you find out which one your cat prefers, because he/she will probably pick that one most of the time and stick to it, then you will know exactly where to keep it. Oh, and until you are sure your kitty is not scared of the litter box, you may want to use an open litter box, some of them don't like a covered one. Or maybe have one covered one and another one that is not. Kittens can be CRAZY in the litter box. My daughter's kitten loved to play in his when he was little, he thought it was a riot to fling litter everywhere.
I probably said too much, sorry, I talk a lot
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