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Bringing Your Kitten Home
What an exciting time, when you go to pick up your first kitten. It may be coming from far off on an airplane or you may be driving to pick him up. Here are some tips to remember that may help things go smoothly.
Be sure to have everything ready for the kitten's new arrival. You will need food(I am constantly and tirelessly researching feline nutrition and will gladly discuss all the ins and outs of the foods I feed and recommend), water dishes, food, treats, litter pan, litter, scooper, bed and blankets, toys, grooming supplies (shampoo, q-tips, nail clippers), crate for traveling and even a harness and leash.
Sphynx cats really are like 2 year old children. It is a good idea to childproof your home. Some Sphynx have been known to even open cabinets. Always remember, they like to get into things. Keep toilet lids down as kittens may go for a swim and could drown. Plug wall sockets just to be safe. Anything a child could get into, so can a Sphynx!
Introduce your cat slowly to other family members and especially other pets. Place the kitten's crate inside a designated room and close the door to give him time to adjust to the new sounds and smells. After a while, open the crate door so he can come out when he is ready but still keep the door to the room closed. When the kitten is ready, he will come out to investigate the place. After a couple days, you may leave the door to the room open. Curiosity will get the best of him and he will begin to explore. If you have other pets, do not leave them together unattended for the first week or so until you know how they will react with each other.
Don't expect a kitten to be able to find the litter box the first day in a big house. Take him to it several times a day and eventually, he will find it on his own. You may even want to put more than one litter box in a larger home or if you have more than one cat.
Scratching & Training
A cat has a natural tendency to want to sharpen it's claws. This is not a vendetta against you but a natural instinct. Yelling and screaming at a cat is not the way to train it but can make the cat scared of you. To keep the cat from scratching your furniture, here are some tips:
Have a scratching post in an obvious location for the cat. If you do not want the cat to scratch your carpet, buy a post with sissal rope on it instead of carpet.
If the cat even looks like he is going to sharpen his nails, pick him up and take him to the scratching post.
Keep his/her nails clipped at all times.
A useful tool in training a cat is a watergun. If the cat is jumping on a counter or scratching the couch, a quick squirt of a watergun will deter him. In all training, the key is "BE CONSISTENT". Do not reinforce an action that is cute as a kitten, but that you don't want them to do as an adult. They will not understand the difference.
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