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Create A Safe Zone For Your New Kittens

Written By: Teri Champigny - Apr• 24•11

Create A Safe Zone For Your New Kittens

When you first bring kitty home you will need to create a safe zone for your new kitten, there will need to be a transition period for both the kitten and the members of your household. A kitten is tiny, and it’s curious about everything and so no matter where you are, at any time the kitten could be right behind you, in front of you, or trying to climb up your leg! In order to get through the transition period without becoming a bundle of nerves, the best thing you can do for your new kitten and yourself is to create a safe zone. This is a place where you can put kitty so you know he’s safe and not going to get trod on, and where kitty also knows he’ll be safe from getting stepped on!

The first thing you need to do is find a large cardboard box, approximately 3 feet square and at least 3 feet high. Organize the inside of the box so that there are specific areas for specific things, such as a sleeping corner, some paper to go potty on (if there’s room for a temporary litter tray in there all the better!), and a supply of fresh water that’s not easily knocked over. Also give the kitten a couple of small toys to play with so he doesn’t get bored. This becomes like a toddlers playpen or like a crate for a dog when you are crate training. It’s someplace where he feels safe and secure.

As with a toddler however, he’s going to try and get out once the novelty of the box is gone and it’s been completely explored. He’ll take a jump for the top of the box, so make sure that you use a box that’s quite heavy and won’t fall over if he manages to hang over the top of it – you also don’t want to make it so high that if he does manage to get to the top, and fall out, he’s not going to hurt himself – you could place a cushion at the base of the side most likely to be the “escape route” just in case. You also should place the box in a shady area, away from sunlight, and out of the way of drapes because if he can, he’ll make a jump for the drapes and escape that way!

Despite the escape possibility, the safe zone will give you peace of mind, especially in the early days when you’re still adjusting to having him around, and it will give him somewhere of his own to retreat to when he’s had enough of the “big” world inside your home. Although he may want to escape the box, there’ll be other times when it all gets a bit much and he actual sits beside his safe zone – or attempts to jump in! You should also teach your children that when your kitten is in his box, that the box is his room and not to bother him when he is there.

Creating a safe zone for your kitten will give you peace of mind and your kitten a safe place to be when he wants to get away from it all.

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