Who can resist an adorable kitten? But before he falls head over heels in love, here are a few things he should consider before bringing his new partner home.
Breed and background information
Now you have many options to choose from, from mixed breeds to pure breeds and where to go to choose the right kitty for you. There are so many ways to get a new kitten that it can be a bit overwhelming. The classifieds are full of people selling or giving away new kittens; shelters abound with more cats than they can handle; and you have the boutiques and breeders ready to offer exotic breeds at a premium price.
Whichever means you choose, make sure the kitten has been well cared for and approved by a veterinarian. If possible, try to get a kitten that has been properly weaned from its mother and appears ready for a new life. However, you may decide to adopt an abandoned or neglected kitten. In this case, the shelter will do the necessary preliminary testing and care before you bring your kitten home.
preparing your house
Make sure you have a carrier, which you’ll need for future vet trips, and place a blanket or towel inside to make your dog feel more secure.
It is important that the kitten acclimatizes to its new home little by little. Keeping the kitten in one room of the house, initially, will keep her safe in this new environment. Ask family members to enter the room quietly and gently talk to him in your voice. Make sure the litter box is easy to find and well away from the food.
Be careful with playtime with family and friends so you don’t overwhelm your new kitten. Of course, make sure the room is kitty-safe, because even the smallest kitty has a knack for finding new places to hide and hang things to chew on.
It may be worth considering two kittens if you plan to be away from home most of the day. In this way, you will always have a constant companionship and will be able to exercise each other much more effectively than you can. Littermates would be ideal.
Once you feel your new kitten is ready to explore the house, do so gradually, so she can always find her way back to her litter box and food.
Kittens are naturally curious and will begin to explore their new territory. Learn to walk gently around your kitten because he is very easily startled. That way you’ll build trust much quicker and ensure your kitty develops a much calmer demeanor. If your kitty learns to be too nervous around you, she may develop more aggressive habits, like biting your toes or using her claws to defend herself.
Once he joins you, he will follow you everywhere, frolicking, joking and very playful. His tiny claws will be sharp, so getting a scratching post or cat tree will keep your kitty busy filing his claws, rather than on furniture and carpets.
Kittens love toys and will play for hours. Your local pet store can show you what’s available, but a rolled-up piece of paper will work just as well. Always keep an eye on any string toys or anything that can be swallowed. Remember that they are still babies.
You can also train your kitty and teach him new tricks. There are many books on training, and it is best to start with a young animal, as they are already curious and active. And it’s a good way to channel some of that natural energy.
Encourages desirable behavior and routine
One of the most proactive things you can do for your kitten is to spay or neuter him before he is 6 months old. This will reduce any territorial spraying and aggressiveness in the males and of course help control the cat population.
The choice of sand is also important. Don’t buy the clumpy ones when your cat is less than 6 months old, as they can inadvertently lick the clumps off their paws and create a digestive blockage.
Clean your litter box daily, as cats have a highly developed sense of hygiene. And make sure the type of litter is pleasing to them. Cats also like privacy, so a covered box may be preferable, as well as containing any fresh odors. Keep an eye on your preference, it will become apparent very soon.
Don’t forget to brush your kitten regularly, as this is essential for her physical and emotional well-being. It will also give you a chance to check for cuts or strands of hair. In the wild, cats groom each other regularly. It is something they naturally enjoy.
Having good quality food is also essential for a cat’s health and behavior. Cats can be very finicky, so you may need to try a few varieties to find your favorites. Sticking with the highest quality food will prevent many health problems later on and ensure a beautiful, shiny coat. Give your kitten wet food regularly, twice a day at first. This will keep the frequency of hairballs low.
After the first initial series of vaccinations, remember to keep an annual veterinary appointment to keep any necessary vaccinations up to date and to avoid any problem areas. She will also need to check her animals’ medical records if she ever needs her kitten brushed or housed in a kennel for an extended period of time.
Getting a new kitten can be a joy for the whole family. With a lot of love and care, you can plan on enjoying a beautiful friendship for a good 14 years, and hopefully even longer.