A Heart Full of Fluff: Caring for a New Kitten
The only thing better than a fluffy, bright-eyed kitten is an adult cat who’s well cared for. To get between the important life stages, however, a healthy foundation must be established and maintained. Of course, it’s easy to get wrapped up in a kitten’s cuteness, but without a general working knowledge of feline development, proper wellness may be overlooked. From kitten-proofing your home to important veterinary care, we’re here to review the best in caring for a new kitten.
A small domestic feline doesn’t require a lot of stuff, but the following items must be supplied:
- Small food and water dishes (larger bowls present eating/drinking challenges)
- Age-appropriate food
- Shallow litter pan and litter (make sure the pan is easily accessible for your kitten)
- Collar with identifying tags
- A travel carrier
- Grooming supplies (toothbrush, comb or brush, nail clippers, etc.)
- Toys that stimulate the senses
- A scratching post (you’ll be glad you did!)
It can be confusing to know which products best suit your new kitten. Please let us know if you need help purchasing items that support his or her happiness, safety, comfort, and nutrition.
A New Patient
A major part of caring for a new kitten is going to the veterinary clinic. Aside from the fact that we love seeing new patients, your frisky young feline requires a thorough wellness examination. This allows for parasite screenings, parasite prevention, and age-appropriate vaccinations. This is also a great time to discuss microchipping and spaying or neutering.
Home Sweet Home
Your home should be free of environmental dangers. Some items are no-brainers, such as open or accessible chemicals, while others may not be as obvious (charging cords, blind cords, etc.).
Similarly, if your new kitten will not be roaming the neighborhood, make sure window screens and doors are sealed and secured – especially above the ground floor.
Caring for a New Kitten is Fun!
While you certainly want to encourage play, be careful not to use your hands or fingers. This can set a dangerous precedent that results in unnecessary injury. Some cats can be trained to not scratch or bite during play, making the time you spend together even more valuable.
Similarly, crate training your new kitten is a worthwhile endeavor. Not only does this allow for easier transport, but the crate provides a place of refuge unlike any other. This can be crucial in a household with other pets or children. We urge you to consider this helpful tactic.
A Beautiful Life
Caring for a new kitten is a fun experience, and the strong foundation you build will impact his or her health, wellness, and longevity. Please contact our team with any questions or concerns. Hallsville Veterinary Hospital is always here for you and your kitten!