Caring for your new kitten
Taking care of the cutest new member of the family
Kittens are the cutest! It’s such an exciting time to have a new tiny pet in your home and with a few small tips you can make sure their first days and weeks are a lot of fun and cuddles.
Feeding your new kitten
Kittens need to eat specific kitten food, usually up to the age of around 1 year. You can speak to your Best Friends Vet about different types of food and most major pet food brands offer kitten food.
Make sure your kitten has access to plenty of water. They will need a shallow bowl to make sure they can easily drink from it.
Keep them safe
To begin with, it’s best to keep your kitten somewhere in your house that is safe and where they can’t get lost or stuck. Some people will keep kittens downstairs, or in one room, where there aren’t many small spaces for them to disappear into, or furniture to hide underneath.
Your kitten is getting used to you and your home, if they feel a bit overwhelmed they are likely to find a space to hide. Providing a box, or covered bed, is often a good way of allowing your kitten to feel safe.
Getting toileting right
Put down a litter tray for your kitten. They will usually learn pretty quickly how to use it and from there you can also show them that they can go outdoors, once they are able to use a cat flap.
It can help to show them the litter tray and if there are other adult cats in the house that use it, this will help too.
Don’t put their food next to it, and again make sure they can climb in and out of it with no problems. It might make sense to use a lined cut-down cardboard box to begin with so you can make it lower for them to access until they are able to climb into a bigger tray.
Getting ready for the great outdoors
It is best to keep your kitten indoors to begin with, until after their second vaccinations. This will make sure that they are used to you, know where their food and water is, and their way around your house, before they start to explore your garden and beyond.
Before they go out, they will need to be vaccinated and neutered. It is best to get kittens neutered sooner rather than later to prevent unwanted and early litters as they are able to have their own kittens much sooner than people think.
Kittens can also be treated from an early age for fleas, ticks and worms. Chat to your Best Friends Vet to find out what products to use, what dose to give and how often to give it, as this will be different for kittens to adult cats.
Another thing to tick off the list before they explore the great outdoors is microchipping. This is a great way to make sure that your kitten won’t get lost. If they are found then their microchip can be scanned and you will be contacted.
Having a new kitten is a wonderful time, do enjoy it! For advice on all your new kitten's needs, please speak to your Best Friends Vet at your local Branch.
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