How To Care For A Kitten

August 3, 2009

in Cats

Deciding to get a kitten is a big step in expanding your family. Kitten care also requires more responsibilities, but kittens can grow to become excellent companions and are well worth the time and care in their growth.

To prepare your home for the new member, there are several things you should consider. First, inspect your home keeping in mind that kittens love to explore, to hide, to chew and to climb. Next, remove or place any dangling strings from curtains and such in high places so as not to tempt the kitty. Also remove breakables from shelves and secure low cabinets. Finally, keep the toilet lid down or, better still, restrict the kitten from the bathroom area.

Feeding and daily care of a kitten involve just four items: a place for the kitten to sleep, fresh food and water, a litter box with litter and a scratching pad or post. Kittens love toys, too, so be sure to have plenty on hand when your kitten joins the family. Several commercial brands of food specifically designed for kittens are available. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations if you are unsure when feeding a kitten.

Certain household plants and chemicals are poisonous to kittens and cats in general. For example, antifreeze is poisonous to both cats and dogs. Research either by books, internet, or a call to the vet to find out about these items and substances so that you never put your furry friend in peril.

Veterinary visits are a major responsibility when you care for a kitten. You must have your kitten examined soon after you bring it home, not only for required vaccinations, but for a general check-up to make sure your new pal is settling in alright. You may also be require to register your pet with the local government (many cities require this, however it is not always a requirement for rural communities).

Some people find that litter training a kitten is quite easy. Most cats seem to be drawn to the litter box and need little or no assistance at all. However, some cats can be particularly difficult. You may find it easier to keep the litter box in an open, obvious area that the kitten can easily find. Also, do not completely replace the litter. Leaving a bit of “dirty litter” in the box can attract the kitten there as his nose will associate the litter box as the proper place to potty.

Owning a cat is sure to be a terrific experience, and with the proper care, the bond between you and your kitten can be a fast and infinite one.

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