Bringing home a new kitten can be exciting and daunting at the same time, especially for new pet parents. Create a checklist using this guide to help with all the essentials that will be needed to care for your brand new kitten in its happy home.
First things first. It’s essential to arrange for a visit to the vet. The veterinarian will be able to assess the overall health of the kitten, suggest the timing for vaccinations, food and de-worming that will be needed. When you have a schedule, follow it up regularly to avoid any health issues.
Once your kitten has been vaccinated, you may wish to take advantage of a pet care facility near you. Smart pet parents know that this is a good time to connect and ask questions so you’re ready for those times when overnight boarding is the solution you seek.
Food and Nutrition
Make sure that you do give your cat the best, high quality cat food available with a mix of natural food. Cats are encouraged to eat wet food and have access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times. Kittens are weaned by 8 or 9 weeks and they should not be given cow’s milk which would likely cause stomach upset. Did you know? Kittens who have an issue with their eyesight may be given some boiled chicken liver along with boiled chicken and broth as it contains a high concentration of taurine, which helps with a kitty’s eyesight.
It’s normal for kittens to sleep anywhere between 12-16 hours a day. So, that means pet parents want to make sure to provide a kitten with a comfortable (and easy to clean) bed, ideally in a spot that is dark and warm, In general, cats usually like hiding in places or resting in elevated spots in the house where they have a good view of the “territory.”
The mother cat will train her kittens to litter and cover it up with sand. So, when before you get a new kitty home, be sure to buy a large enough litter box and fill it up with at least three inches of litter of your choice. It’s important to remember that different cats may prefer different kinds of litter. After feeding a kitten, place them in the litter box and they’ll know where to find it and exactly what to do.
Grooming Your Kitty
While short-haired cats don’t need every day grooming, some cats do. Make sure you have a good quality grooming brush to look after medium and long-haired cats every day; a short-haired cat can be groomed every other day. As cats naturally groom by licking their fur, they will often ingest hairballs. It’s a good idea to help by providing some grass to munch on, which assists with the digestive enzymes for regurgitating hairballs.
Playing with your new kitten will ensure that they can expend their energy in constructive ways and also becomes a nice ritual to bond with your kitty. Ensure that their toys are non-toxic as cats tend to bite and chew on their toys. Find innovative ways to play with them like building a little cat tree for them, making them run around ribbons tied to a wand etc.
Also, at this stage do remember to snap pictures and take videos during the kitten stage, as you’d surely want to make memories that last a lifetime. You’ll realize in no time, kittens turn into adult cats, and you’d surely want to make memories that last a lifetime.