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7 Signs a Kitten Is Settling In

Coralle is a mum to a black cat called Daisy, who she brought up from a little kitten.

Getting a new kitten and welcoming them into your home is an exciting process, but it can also be nerve-wracking. Kittens can take some time to adjust to their new surroundings, but once they are settled in, they will start to feel comfortable in their new home. Here are the seven signs that a kitten is settling in.

1. They Are Eating

When kittens are distressed, scared, or anxious, this can cause them to lose their appetite. They might not eat for a few hours or longer. However, if your cat is starting to eat some wet or dry food, you can consider that a good sign. This means your cat isn't feeling too distressed and is open to trying new things.

Be wary not to feed them the same food every single day as this can encourage them to become picky. Trial different textures and flavors to find out what your kitten likes.

2. They Want To Explore

Kittens can be very timid and they can crawl into small places and hide. If your kitten has started exploring by themselves, this is a sign that they are warming up to their new home.

Try to give them some space to discover new parts of the home by themselves, since trying to pet them too frequently could make them distressed. Just make sure that you keep an eye on them as kittens are very mischievous and like to chew things they shouldn't!

3. They Want You to Pet Them

It's normal to want your kitten to like you, but it can take some time for them to trust you. Kittens show affection and love by brushing your leg, nudging you with their head, or licking you.

If your kitten is doing any of these things, then count yourself lucky. They are starting to really like you.

4. They Want to Play

A kitten that wants to play is a happy kitten! You can entice them to play by using a cat wand or feather since this helps to stimulate their prey hunting instincts. It's fun for them and it also brings you closer to your new furry friend when you engage in playtime together.

5. They Are Vocal

Kittens like to meow for many different reasons. While it can be a sign of a health problem, most of the time it's just their way of greeting you.

Your new kitten will be curious about you, so they might meow more than usual to say, "hello." A meow can also be their way of saying they want affection, so respond to this by petting them. This will let them know that they are safe with you.

6. They Are Purring

Cats and kittens are mysterious creatures and there's still one question that remains unknown: why do cats purr? There is evidence to show that cats purr when they are content or when they are distressed. So, how can you tell the difference? If your kitten is purring while you're stroking them or giving them attention, then that's a tell-tale sign that they are happy. They often purr to encourage you to keep petting them.

Just remember that sooner or later, your kitten will get fed up. If they suddenly bite you, don't be alarmed. This is a love bite, and it signals that it's time for you to stop and give them some space. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time for cuddles some other time!

7. They Want to Get on Your Lap

Not all kittens show their affection with cuddles, but there are some kittens that simply love to get on their owner's lap. If your new kitten wants to get on your lap, this shows a sign of love, trust, and affection. This is a big turning point, as it marks the moment your kitten decided they truly loved you. You can reciprocate this love by stroking them gently and giving them plenty of lap time.

So, there you have it! Use this precious time to get to know your kitten; what they like and dislike. Remember that kittens need routine, so get in the habit of feeding them around the same time, so they don't become anxious or distressed.

You should play with them every time you get a chance, especially if you only have one kitten at home. You're their new best friend!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Coralle Skye