Taking Care Of Your New Kitten
If you look at the adorable wide-eyed face of your new kitten, you will notice the love and trust your kitten has for you. She has not learned fear and has all the trust in you that you will love and gently care for her all her life. Please do not betray that love and trust.
One way of showing love to your pet is to take good care of it. Caring for kitten starts with making her feel comfortable at home and feeding her the right food.
Here are tips on how to take good care for a kitten;
Allow Your New Kitten To Explore Their New Home
Your new kitten may act timid when they first arrive home. This may be due to the shock of being in a new environment or being away from her mother and her littermates.
Therefore, it is best that you allow your kitten to explore their new home without too much noise or interference. If you have kids, remind that not to handle the kitten as it may need quiet time while it gets used to their new environment.
If you have other pets, keep them away from the new kitten and only introduce them to your new pet after it has become familiar with its environment.
Have a Warm, Comfortable Bed
Your kitten deserves to have a warm, comfy place to relax and sleep, such as a designated basket, bed, or a box. They were used to sleeping closely with their littermates for warmth, and therefore you should provide a bed that is warm and inviting.
Consider making their bed extra warmer by adding a hot water bottle. Make sure the bottle is not too hot as kittens are curious pets.
If you want them to sleep in your bedroom, keep them in their own bed as they can fall off the bed at night and injure themselves.
We recommend that you designate a secure place with easy access to water and kitten food for your new kitten until they are old enough and familiar with their new environment.
Feed Them a Balanced Diet
Kittens have a specific nutritional requirement different from that of adult cats. Therefore, you should feed them a balanced diet that caters to their specific requirements.
Kittens require a diet that is rich in protein, calcium, and other minerals. They should eat kitten food until they are a year old.
You can offer them either canned food or dry food. Keep in mind that kittens have small tummies, and thus they need to eat every few hours. Therefore, ensure they have enough food to eat all day.
Also, keep clean, fresh water available at all times. Make sure the bowl is steady and low enough for them to drink from it easily.
Note: You should not adopt a kitten younger than two-months-old. At this age, they should feed from momma cat until they are able to eat their own food.
Entertain Your Kitten
Kitten likes to play and explore things. Therefore, you need to enrich their environment with appropriate kitten toys and items to chew on, such as feathered toys, furry mice, lattice balls, etc. All these will encourage your kitten to play and develop their minds.
It is also important to have a scratching post with laces of catnip to teach your kitten scratching behavior from an early age.
Litter Box Training
Many kittens will be litter box trained before they are given to homeowners. However, accidents do happen, and you need to watch your kitten, to prevent this from occurring often.
Therefore, be sure to take them to the litter tray the first time you bring them home, after eating, sleeping, and before bedtime. Also, praise them for using the litter box.
Note; never punish your kitten for failing to use a litter box as they are too young to relate the punishment with the accident.
Taking Care for Kitten’s Health
To keep your kitten healthy and safeguard from potentially serious diseases, we recommend that you take your cat to the vet for vaccinations against feline enteritis, cat flu, feline chlamydia, and FIV. De-worming is also important. Talk to your vet about health routines your kitten needs.
Also, taking care of their teeth is important. Dental care involves offering your kitten appropriate items to chew on. Also, feeding a kitten a balanced diet and taking them for regular dental checkups will help them maintain good dental hygiene.
Can a young kitten be left alone all day?
The short answer is NO. If your kitten is less than 4 months old they should not be left alone for more than a couple of hours at a time. They can get very lonely and it can affect them in the long term. Also at under 4 months, they cannot take care of themselves very good. They could get lost or fall in between cushions of get stuck behind the refrigerator and get hurt or even die from suffocation.
At over 4 months a kitten can be left alone for up to around 4 hours. Make sure to leave them plenty of food and water, and when you come home to make sure to give them plenty of love and play with them. Don’t just come home and ignore your kitten. They will learn that when you come home they will get extra attention and love and therefore making the hours you are gone less bearable.
Caring for a new kitten: Conclusion
Kittens grow very fast, and within no time, your little kitten will become an adult cat. Hopefully, the care and love you will show them during their young age will help you bond. What you invest in her is what you will get in return. Therefore, show great care and be a good parent’ to her.
Your cat may be your life. It’s normal. Everyone needs a companion and friends take many different forms. Your new kitten could be with you for many, many enjoyable years to come. Take the time to take proper care of your cat. They will love you without reservation for years down the road. The better you take care of your cat the longer they will be around to be your special companion and provide you their love.