How Long Should I Keep My Kitten In One Room?
If you have a new kitten and plan to use a quiet room to introduce it to your home you may be wondering how long it should be in there…
How long should I keep my kitten in one room?
As a guideline, it is worth leaving the kitten in one room for approx. one week. But, this is a guide because each kitten responds differently. Ideally, you need to check for signs that your kitten is settling in well, starting to use its litter tray, and socializing well.
So, now you know how long you can expect for this. But, how can you calm down your kitten at night? As it gets older, should you allow your kitten to roam around freely at night? Is it OK to leave it alone at night? Keep reading for these answers, and so much more…
How can I calm my kitten at night?
There are a few things that you can do to keep your cat calm at night. In reality, you will need to try and see what works best for you to get the best results. Here are some tips:
01. Keep it full before bed
If you want to get some sleep you need to keep your kitten content, especially before bed. If not, it will wake you up at all hours. So, what you need to do is keep it well fed before bed so it won’t bother you.
02. Keep it active before bed
Another problem new owners have with kittens is their tendency to play around at night. This is mainly because they are still full of energy at this time. What you should do is tire them out before you go to sleep.
This can be as simple as playing with them using am interactive toys (Click here to see the reviews, on Amazon #Ad), or using some other item that will keep it active and worn down before bed.
03. Stick to your schedule
Whatever route you decide kittens appreciate a solid routine. So, make sure you stick to the plan and do not chop and change the timings. This will just unsettle your kitten and increase the chances of it waking you up.
04. Provide access to water
Like food, your kitten needs access to water at night. The best way is to make sure their water bowl is full before you head off to sleep. But, if you are forgetful, and feel this is a challenge you may need to consider a water fountain (Click here to see my best one).
Why do kittens cause havoc sometimes?
Kittens (What if you have a small flat? Click here) may be perceived to be acting naughty. But, in reality, they are merely learning the ropes. Meaning, they learn by their mistakes and how we respond to their actions. This behavior is pretty much the same as you and I as kids.
It’s easy to assume cats are deliberately being mischievous. But, hopefully, now you understand that they are just learning slowly but surely.
Should I ignore my kitten crying at night?
If your kitten is not in pain, has been fed, and has plenty of water and it’s meowing outside your door for the attention it’s important to not do what it wants. It may seem tough at first but it needs to learn that it cannot control you, you set the schedule and let it adjust.
You will likely feel guilty while your kitten is crying for your attention but it’s similar to teaching a baby to sleep at night. You need to make sure it’s safe, but still, instill some discipline that makes your life liveable.
Is it okay to leave Kitten Alone at night?
Depending on your kitten’s age it is OK to leave it alone at night. To be more precise, it needs to be at least six months of age before you can consider this. Anything less, it may need your attention at night, and therefore not advisable to leave it alone.
When you have a small kitten it can sometimes be inconvenient especially if you need to go on holiday (Can you leave them in the dark? Click here). But, this is part of the commitment required to have a cat, or pet in general. Once cats are old enough they are quite easy to look after, especially when compared to dogs.
Should I let my kitten roam the house?
It is OK to let your kitten roam around the house if it is fully litter trained and fully used to your home. If not you could find a mess around your home or stress your cat out. The problem is there is no time guideline for this, you will know when you notice that it is using the litter box without your assistance, etc.
It may be tempting to let your kitten roam freely as soon as possible. But, it is only going to cause you some hassle if you are not patient and let it settle in properly first.
Is it cruel to lock a cat in a room at night?
It is cruel to lock your cat in a room at night if they have not been prepared for this. If you do it randomly without preparation that is. To do it correctly they need to get used to the room. Also, they need to be comfortable in there with food, water, and a comfortable bed to sleep on.
If you are finding it difficult to get your cat settled at night you may have wondered if you could place it in a dedicated room, but may have been hesitant to do so. Well, now you know what you need to prepare to make this feasible.
How do you introduce your kitten to the quiet room?
When you decide to use a quiet room for your kitten it is important to introduce your kitten the right way. Not just throwing your cat in there and walking away. Instead, you should carry them in, ideally in a carrier (Click here to see my best one).
Once they are in the room, in the carrier, gently open it in the quiet room. Then open the door and leave the kitten to explore the room on its own time. It will appreciate taking its time to acclimatize to its new surroundings.
What stage should your kitten be at after 30 days?
After the first 30 days of being in your home, your kitten should be nice and settled. In particular, using its litter box, eating comfortably, exploring your house, etc. If it’s not, you may have an issue, or there is a chance that this will happen within days.
It can be a challenge to break a kitten into your home at first especially if it has come from a bad home. But, at least this gives you an indication of what to expect. And, a benchmark that you can follow to see if your kitten is on track.
How do you bond with your new kitten?
Building a rapport with your kitten (Can their fur color change? click here) is crucial if you want to have a happy kitten in your home. Also, the early days are very important because this will affect how it will act as an adult cat. To bond better, you should make some time daily to play small games with it.
If you have never had a kitten before you may have been wondering how to build that rapport with your kitten. Hopefully, now you have an idea of how you can do this.