Kitten Kindy by Jessica McColl
Bringing a new kitten home is a very exciting time. It can also be a challenging time as there are so many things you suddenly have to consider; what is and isn’t safe for your new kitten around the house, where should the kitten sleep, do you have other pets - be they furry, feathered or scaly and how should they be introduced to the kitten, can you train your kitten, how do you deal with litterbox/ scratching/ furrball issues… the list could be endless. I have heard of so many unusual quirks in cats that you could not possibly mention them all.
I adopted both of my cats from the Cat Protection Society of NSW and took both of them to kitten kindy. Now lots of people laugh at the idea, but I must say it was a wonderfully informative and helpful thing to do. You book yourself in and take your kitten along to a single session where you are taught all about the care of your new kitten, shown some different products that you can use to entertain your kitten and can have any of your questions answered. Your kitten can also have some socialization time, playing with the other kittens. This is a great opportunity to see if your kitten may like a kitty friend (of course they would!) and to meet other new kitten parents. At the end of the session, you even get your own certificate to take home.
With Macy, I went because I was every bit the nervous new parent and needed someone to hold my hand through it all. I hung on to every word like it was a lifeline.
By the time Mr. Bean came along, eight months later, I still decided that he should attend so that I could discuss introducing him to Macy and some other minor issues we had been having with him. I found it just as worthwhile, even though the majority of the information given was fresh in my mind. I will also mention that the facilitator catered the session to suit the participants and was aware of this being my second time at a kitten kindy.
If you are in Sydney and have a new kitten, the sessions are often advertised on the Cat Protection Society of NSW’s Facebook page. They seem to fill up rather quickly, so I suggest you do not hesitate to book if you plan on attending!
Let us know by posting below if you took your kitten to a kitten kindy class.