Taking Care of Kittens 101

For a lot of animals lovers, kittens are pretty much irresistible. With their fluffy little bellies, their big twitchy ears, beaming eyes and adorable button noses, plus their ability to make anything into a toy, what’s not to love? As adorable as they can be they are also a big responsibility. You have to make sure that you are equipped to make your home this kitten’s forever home.

After all, the kitten will turn into a cat and they will need a good home for at least 12-18 years. That is a big commitment. Make sure that you know exactly what you’re getting into before you adopt a new kitten for your home.

Find a Good Vet

First thing you have to do is find a good vet for your new kitten. Even if they’ve already had their first round of shots, make sure to get them a check up and schedule for all upcoming shots needed as they age. Also, your vet can help verify their age range so you know what stage they are in to help you with their dietary needs. Discuss food choices and amounts to serve as your kitten grows over it’s first year.

Kitten Wellness Tips

If you’ve never owned a kitten before here are some tips and tricks that you’ll want to read up on before getting a kitten.

How to know kittens are in good health:

In the day and age of Facebook groups and Craiglists, the Internet overflows with FREE KITTENS TO GOOD HOME posts. And it is wonderful to adopt kittens in need instead of buying them at the pet store. However, you also want to make sure that the kitten stays in good health.

Even after you get their first check up, they may still pop up with a sudden illness. Look for these warning signs that may mean your kitten is sick:

  • Excessive and/or Discolored Eye Gunk
  • White Gums
  • Swollen Stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargic
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing/Sneezing/Panting/Wheezing

If your kitten is showing any of these signs make sure to get to the vet immediately. They may have worms, infections, allergies, urinary tract issues, or other serious medical issues.

What supplies your kitten will need

  • Quality “for kitten” foods
  • A breakaway (non-choke) collar and ID tags
  • Food and water bowls
  • Litterbox and clumping cat litter
  • Cat carrier
  • Scratching post
  • Kitten toys without a lot of ribbons or bells that could come off
  • Use string toys only when supervised (cats can swallow the string)
  • Cat brush
  • Cat toothbrush and toothpaste (starting early is always best)

How To Treat Your New Kitten

Bringing a new kitten home is not only a big change for you, it is also a big change for your kitten too. They can be pretty scared and confused by their new environment and family. Never force your kitten to interact with people or other animals in the home.

Prepare a room or quiet area that is just for them. Then put some of their toys and a cozy cat bed or blanket out for them. Show them were their litter box and food dishes are. Give them time to become accustom to their new surroundings. When kitten is ready let them explore the rest of your home as they choose. 

Give them lots of understanding, playtime and gentle love. After all, they are just babies and they are not only new to your home, but new to the world.

Getting a new kitten is extremely exciting, but that doesn’t mean you can jump into being their pet parent. Make sure you know the basics in cat ownership and you should have a long happy life with your new kitten.