Bright Eyes: What to Expect When Caring for a New Kitten
Unquestionably, a young kitten takes the cake in the cute department. Fluffy, rambunctious, and pint-sized, a bright-eyed feline was simply born with the potential to melt hearts. While the fun never seems to end, there is more to caring for a new kitten than simply adoring one.
The pet experts are just as excited as you are to bring a new kitten home. To that end, we want to share our tips for a lifetime of health, happiness, and wellness.
What Kittens Need
Some adoptions happen on a whim, but generally it’s best to be prepared. The good thing is that kittens don’t have a huge list when it comes to gear. That being said, please acquire the following:
- A small travel kennel allowing for safe, cozy transport
- Shallow food and water dishes
- Age-appropriate food
- A litter box and litter on each floor of your home (again, a shallow one is best for those little legs)
- A snug-fitting breakaway collar (add the name tag after settling on a name)
- Grooming tools (brush or comb, nail clippers, toothbrush, etc.)
- Scratching post(s)
It can be daunting to know which products are best, but don’t get discouraged. Feel free to contact us if you need help.
While you won’t need those outlet protectors or cabinet locks, you should definitely pay close attention to potential hazards facing your new kitten. A quick inventory may reveal dangerous, dangling blind cords, electrical wires (kittens love to chew on power cords), and even chemicals on full display.
Caring for a New Kitten
A growing feline has to prepare for a lifetime of afternoon naps. Make sure you offer several snooze-worthy places, such as a window shelf, cat tree, or even his or her crate (check out the benefits of crate training).
Kittens are enormously resourceful when it comes to play. Make sure that your kitten only has access to the safest cat toys and play with him or her throughout the day. You might be surprised how much your kitten loves to play, but remember that a growing cat needs to play for healthy development. Always redirect scratching to the post, and try not to use your fingers or hands during play.
A Healthy Start
It’s important to bring your new kitten in for an initial wellness visit at Springbrook Animal Care Center within the first couple of days. Caring for a new kitten is made easier with preventative care, and our cat-friendly practice can help you focus on parasite control, vaccinations, microchip, and a spay or neuter procedure. We can also help you address any challenges related to managing a multiple pet household.
Together, we can build a strong foundation for a lifetime of health. The Pet Experts are always here to help; please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding caring for a new kitten.
Congratulations on your new addition!