Bringing Kitty Home
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS ADVICE ON BRINGING YOUR NEW KITTY HOME
FROM ADOPTIONS. IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME, ENERGY
AND REDUCE THE STRESS OF YOUR FELINE FRIENDS.
PROTECTING YOUR KITTY
PLEASE keep you new kitty inside where they are safe!
Your feline friend will not know where they are after adoption and if you let them outside they will most likely run away or worse, get hit by a car or attacked by another animal. They have been saved off of the streets for this very reason! Do NOT put them back out there because you feel sorry about keeping them inside. They are VERY grateful to have a safe, warm home to live in.
After you bring your new kitty home, it is important to follow our "agreed upon contract" and keep the kitten indoors only. Studies show that indoor cats live longer than those roaming outside. It will protect her from cars, other animals, fleas, ticks and deadly diseases. Think like a kitten and get down on all fours to explore your home from a kitty’s point of view. Be just as protective and watchful of her as you would of a baby!
PLEASE keep your eyes and ears open with a new kitten!
Kittens are curious creatures and their first year of life will be spent exploring everything. Remember, the smaller they are the easier it will be for the kitten to fit into tiny hiding spots and hard to reach places like under the stove or behind the refrigerator.
One adopter tragically lost their black kitten in a terrible accident. She was sleeping in the dirty clothes basket that was full of dark colored items. When they went to do laundry, they had no idea she was in there and she got tossed into the dryer on high heat for a 1/2 hour! By the time they realized what had happened, it was too late.
PLEASE take your time and follow these important steps "before" adopting a kitty.
- Make sure all windows and sliding glass doors are shut and have screens so your kitten cannot get out. It is a dangerous world out there and many fall from unprotected window ledges and balconies each day.
- Seal off openings under and behind your major kitchen appliances such as the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator, as well as large furniture that would be difficult to move if she gets stuck.
- Heat sources such as candles, the fireplace, stove and the oven are very dangerous. Teach your new kitty that these areas are off limits. Say NO to the Kitty! Keep all chemicals stored in a safe place.
- Do research on the plants in your house - many are VERY poisonous to cats/kittens.
- Place protective wrapping around electrical cords so your kitten does not get tangled up and choke to death. Make sure your kitty cannot get into or behind your computer equipment. They like to sit on top of a warm PC!
- Make it a habit to keep the washer and dryer door closed and the toilet seat down. Kittens have been known to drown in the shallow water.
- Also, check your cupboards and refrigerator before you close it. Kittens like to jump in and explore new places! You could have a kitty popsicle!
- Keep your kitten away from items she can swallow or choke. Kittens will put anything in their mouth such as buttons, jewelry, paper clips, string, yarn, small toys, nail tacks, pins, hair clips, rubber bands, nails, coins etc. Small objects need to be off the floor at all times and out or reach. Keep a careful watch at playtime.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR CAT... The Dangers of Declawing:
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology and Director of the Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and internationally known specialist in domestic animal behavioral research, explains declawing:
"The inhumanity of the procedure is clearly demonstrated by the nature of cats' recovery from anesthesia following the surgery. Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness, presumably by overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used after the operation, their effects are incomplete so sooner or later the pain will emerge."
Why Cats Should Wear A Collar with ID?
All our kitties are microchipped, but it only takes one time for the mailman, gardener, neighbor or friend to leave the window or door open. Cats are curious creatures and will try to go outside. As per your contract, KFK, Inc. all of our kitties are to be indoor pets.
I love my collar!
Please buy a "break-away" cat collar with an ID for your new kitty to wear. Pet theft is a daily occurrence and sold for research. Most shelters destroy the majority of pets they impound because they do not have a microchip.
If your cat does get outside, call us immediately so we can do an Animal Communication Session to help locate your pet. Collars and ID tags make it easier for your neighbor to contact you. Not everyone knows to take a lost animal to the vet to be scanned for a microchip.
If you have any questions or need help in the transition, please call 818-527-5287.