Feline Wellness: Kitten Care 101
When it comes to the experts in puppy and kitten care, no one in Berks County is a better resource than Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital. Feline wellness is important to us, and teaching our clients how to care for a kitten properly helps set them up for a long, purr-fect life.
How to Introduce a New Kitten
Bringing home a new little bundle of mischief is an exciting moment. Before bringing your kitten into your family, it is important to prepare yourself and the environment to set yourself up for success.
Prepare by being sure that you have:
- Food and water bowls
- A breakaway collar that is sized appropriately
- A sleeping area for your kitty
- Grooming supplies like a brush and nail trimmers
- A litter box and litter
- Quality food formulated for kitten growth
- A secure carrier or crate for transporting your kitten
- Toys and other items to enrich the environment
- A scratching surface
- Pet-safe cleaning supplies
You will also want to take some time to kitten-proof your home. Get down on their level and put away or secure potentially hazardous items like string, ribbon, and small toys. Secure electrical cords and ensure that any houseplants are safe should your cat decide to take a nibble.
When it comes to actually introducing your kitten, giving them a little space is best. Bring your new kitty into a quiet area of your home and let them out to do a little exploring. Show them where food and litter is located. Give them a little time to get used to their surroundings before introducing them to children or other pets.
It may be beneficial to put your new addition in a separate room so that other pets can get used to their new housemate through the door before you allow them together. Supervise all interactions closely until you are sure that your pets are safe together.
How to Litter Train a Kitten
Thankfully, most kittens take to their litter box very easily. Ensure that you have an easy experience by:
- Making sure that your kitten’s litter box is easily accessible until they get a little bigger and more agile
- Being sure that your kitten can easily get in and out of their box (you may need to provide a temporary pan that is a little more shallow at first)
- Providing at least one box per level of your home that your cat has access to
- Providing at least one box per cat plus one additional
- Being consistent in your litter choice
- Scooping waste regularly (at least daily)
Until your kitten is using the box regularly, encourage them to make good choices by placing them in the box frequently, especially after eating or play.
How to Feed a Kitten
Many pet owners stress about how to feed a kitten, but it is usually not much different than feeding an adult cat. After all their deciduous teeth are erupted around six weeks of age, most kittens are able to eat dry kibble without an issue.
Feeding a food formulated for kitten growth is ideal to ensure that you are meeting the nutritional needs of a growing baby.
Younger kittens often need several meals per day. Following the feeding guide on the food bag can help you to estimate how much food your kitty should consume in a day.
Feline Wellness Success
Just like a new baby, kittens need to visit their veterinarians frequently to set them up for feline wellness success. Give us a call when you bring your new kitten home so that we can get acquainted with them right away and start their wellness care program.
Kittens receive a vaccination series that is started at around six weeks of age. We would like to see your pet and booster these vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks of age so that they develop proper immunity.
We also recommend starting a parasite prevention program right away and to spay or neuter around five to six months of age. These actions help to keep your new kitten happy and healthy.
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