Experiencing empty nest syndrome? Provide a happy home to a new kitten
If you're one of the many parents who will be left with an empty household during the upcoming school year or if your child is making a permanent move, this can certainly be a difficult time. Dealing with a vacant house full of memories is never easy, so you may need a new way to place your nurturing instinct into something positive. While getting a job later in life or a new hobby is good for some people, you may find that the best way to get over your empty nest is to channel your love into a new companion by choosing to adopt a cat.
Spring and summer are the height of kitten season, so if you're thinking of bringing home a furry friend of your own, it couldn't be a better time to do so. Animal shelters all over the country are dealing with an influx of kittens and adult cats, so this is the best time of year to make a difference at one of these organizations. If you're thinking of taking the plunge to become a kitten parent, here are a few preparations to make before your feline comes home.
1. Cat furniture. Because kittens can be a bit mischievous when they first come into your home, it's important that you provide an outlet for your feline to scratch and climb. A cat tree could be a great purchase and can be found with scratchable material like carpet or sisal that will spare your furniture potential damage.
2. Bedding. A comfy bed is one of the most important investments for your kitten, but where you place it will also make a huge difference. Consider putting the bed in a low-traffic area, such as under an end table or in a corner of a room so your cat will have a feeling of security and can get some shuteye.
3. Interactive toys. Since you can't spend every waking moment with your kitten, you might want to pick up a few interactive toys that can provide mental stimulation while you're out. Treat-filled toys, cardboard boxes and other products can help prevent separation anxiety and help your kitten release some of that pent-up energy throughout the day.
Dealing with an empty nest can be a depressing time, but giving a home to a new adult cat or kitten can give you another chance to provide love for an animal that needs you.