Kitten Basics 101 – Taking Care of Your New Kitten
Going to adopt a kitten or just thinking about it? When it is the matter of raising kittens, the ideology is almost similar to that of nourishing your children. Upraising a kitten of your own is one of the most enjoyable things you may ever do, but it’s also a thing of significant duty.
Your kitten should deserve the best possible beginning in life. So, learn about some very basics for caring your wide-eyed, velvet-nosed ball of fluff!!
Best Age To Adopt Your Kitty:
It’s crucial to learn about the most appropriate time to adopt your kitten. It is best to separate kittens from their biological mothers and siblings when they’re at the age of 10 to 12 weeks. If the brood hasn’t had much contact with a human, bring them home at 6 to 7 weeks old. It’ll be good to choose a curious kitten who’s playful, not shy.
Before introducing your kitty to a new environment, safely manage items that can harm her like sharp end items, pens, pencils, rubber bands, jewelry, balloons. Make sure that your other pets (if you have any) have checked by veterinarian recently so they can’t share infections with their new friends. Some more tips for her room:
- Tie up window and electronic cords out of her reach, hide roach or ant traps
- Discuss with “Animal Poison Control Center” for a list of deadly plants to avoid
- Keep acetaminophen (Tylenol) away, which is fatal to pussies
- Always shut toilet lids, washing machine doors, kitchen, and bathroom cabinets because household items like bleach, detergent, antifreeze are very harmful to them
- Keep crucial like food-water dishes, one litterbox, and some cozy bedding.
List Of The Prerequisite Items To Have Before Introduced Your Kitten To Your Home:
- Quality food, specially made for kittens
- Designed collar and ID tags for it
- Food bowls (preferably metal or ceramic)
- Litterbox and cat litter
- A comfy, warm kitten bed
- A cat carrier, Scratching post
- Kitten safe toys that your kitten can’t swallow
- Cat brush, toothbrush and toothpaste (get it started at a young age)
Find A Good Veterinarian:
If you didn’t select a veterinarian already, consult with friends for recommendations or ask the kitty’s shelter because they may have veterinarians attached. To ensure your kitty’s lifelong best health, provide her with preventive care in advance:
- Schedule an appointment as early as within a week of adopting it
- Previous and frequent visits to the vet will make your kitten familiar with and aid the vet to set up a guide map of its health.
- Ask your veterinarian to check your kitten for worms and intestinal parasites, and if advised, make her de-wormed.
- Start applying flea preventives at your kitten’s 8 to 12 weeks of age
- Proper vaccinations of your kitten are needed (includes vaccines for feline leukemia, rabies, and distemper).
Keep A Watch On Signs Of Illness:
- Appetite Lack
- Loss of weight
- Swollen/painful abdomen
- Breathing Problems
- Wheezing or coughing
- Pale gums
- Swollen, red eyes/eye discharge
- Nasal discharge
- The problem in pass urine/stool
Reward Good Behaviour And Socialize:
The kittenhood socialization and training will leave an impact on your adult pet how well it’ll interact with its environments. You have to confirm that your kittens always face a positive experience through the socialization exposures provided to them. Try some of these methods of training and socialization:
- Kittens usually use litter-boxes by instinct, although, by placing her in the box after meals, you can teach her to use it. Ensure that the litter box is cleaned frequently.
- Make her familiar to frequent combing and grooming.
- Help her to play with soft toys
- Experience her various walking surfaces (carpet, open floor, etc.)
- Take her to the outer environment in her carrier
- Teach her to explore objects such as boxes, soft toys, and paper bags
- Contact her with loud music and noises
- Supply her proper scratching replacements and gift toys, praise when she uses them
- Resist her to bite or scratch by redirecting her attention to a toy.
- Meet her to other cats and kittens as well as to her kins slowly and safely.
- Take your kitten on car rides and gift her.
- Prize friendly behavior with treats.
- You may challenge your kitten to think by itself.
- Always be patient with your kitty.
So now, have fun with your kitten! Above all, enjoy every precious moment with the latest member of your new extended family!