Kittens are affectionate sociable animals but complicated to care for they can damage carpet and furniture with there claws. Getting a kitten is a big commitment. Kittens should be kept with the mother until it is at least 8 weeks old. Baby proof your home. 8 week old kittens are like crawling toddlers. These little guys tend to get into everything. Put protectors on your outlets and make sure all chemicals are placed at a high reach.
Step 1- Bringing your kitten home
Put your kitten in a quiet escape proof room making sure the doors and windows are shut, block up any nooks and crannys where your kitten can get stuck. Your kitten will need time to get used to you and the room. Children should sit on the floor and wait for the kitten to come to them.
Step 2 – Housing and Bedding
Your kitten will need bedding that is warm and dry, comfortable and away from drafts. Your kitten will also need a freedom water bowl and litter pan wich should be kept away from your kittens food. Provide your kitten with a scratching post to protect your furniture.
Step 3 – Diet
Find out what your kitten has been eating, If you want to switch there food I would suggest something that is holistic/natural or Organic. Mix the new food with the old food for a few days so the changing of the food does not cause diarea.
kittens should be fed small portions and often especially formulated kitten food. between 8 and 12 weeks they should be fed 4 times a day. Between 3 and 6 months 3 times a day. After 6 months twice a day. Don’t give your kittens bones as they may stick in there throat or milk wich may cause diarea. Make sure to always keep a constant supply of fresh water every day!
Step 4 – Excersize
Its Important for your cat to get excersize, makesure you dont let your kitten go outside until atleast a week after its first course of vaccinations. You should play with your kitten every day and let it sleep when it wants to. Always have toys handy for your kitten. Kittens love furry mice, things that rattle, crinkle toys, catnip etc..
Step 5 – Litter Training
To encourage your kitten to use the litter pan you may have to lift it in the tray after it finishes eating. After a couple of times your cat should automatically know where to go to the bathroom. Cat litter should be emptied and replaced everday. Use gloves as contact with the fecies can cause serious illness. Clean pan with a detergent that will not be harmful to the kitten.
Step 6 – Grooming
Groom your kitten regularly to keep its skin and furn in good condition. This will also help you build a relationship with your pet. Long haired cats should be groomed everyday. This will avoid your kitten/cats hair to become tangled and matted.
Step 7 – Neutering
Thousands of cats are abandoned every year so it is important to get your cat neutered. Male kittens can be castrate when they are 5 months old. This will stop them from spraying indoors to mark there territory, roaming and fighting. Female kittens should be spayed 5-6 months to prevent unwanted litters.
Step 8 – Health
Healthy kittens have bright eyes and clean glossy coats with out bald patches. The ears should be clean. An overly rounded stomach can be a sign of worms. It should walk easily and have no signs of diareah around the tail. Your kitten should beable to breath easily and have no fluid around its nose and mouth. Brown spects in the fur can be a sign of fleas. Kittens need vaccinations wich can be expensive but are vital to your pets well being. They should stay indoors and away from other cats for 10 days after there last injections. Treating your kitten / cat for fleas is very important. What I to use is frontline. I have tried many products and this one seems to work the best.
Have fun with your kitten!
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