Having a cat is a big commitment; the responsibility becomes even tougher when it’s a young kitten that needs extra care and attention. So, we’ve prepared a simple checklist to help cat owners facing a cute yet huge obligation of having a fluffy patootie. Check this to-do-list with eight tips you can take note when raising a kitten.
Avoid mess early on. When you have a new kitten in the house, keep a litter box in the same room where your kitty stays so it gets used to it. Feline instincts will make things easier for you as your kitten would most likely catch on to using the litter box for doing its business.
Build your kitten’s health and immunity by visiting the vet and getting the proper vaccines. Prevention is always better than cure so keep your kitten away from diseases by right vaccination.
Spaying and Neutering
Nowadays, spaying and neutering is advised for all cats in order to control feline population and to promote a healthier kitty community. Fixed cats won’t get into difficult behaviors prompted by times when they go into heat; howling, wandering, getting into fights, and spraying will be avoided when a cat is already spayed or neutered.
If a kitten has its mother cat around, then it’s definitely still the best source of milk and nutrients. However, when mom cat isn’t around and feeding is entirely a cat owner’s responsibility then choosing what to feed a kitty is of great importance. A happy balance of dry kibble and wet food is advised for older kittens. As for baby kittens, bottle-feeding cat formula is recommended before slowly adding soft solids. Check out this guide to feeding kittens.
Prepare a shallow plate where you feed your kitten at least three times a day. Providing treats and snacks are great too. Purportedly, kittens need as much as three times the calories and nutrients than adult cats. Since they’re still growing, a large quantity of food will not do these kitties bad especially if these are healthy food like fruits and cat snacks.
Since these kittens are going to be indoor cats, introduce them to toys which will mostly be their source of entertainment and exercise. Treats-dispensing puzzle toys are also great to stimulate your kitty’s problem solving skills which won’t be needed indoors as much as in the wild. When raising a kitten, it’s your responsibility to keep its feline instincts working to keep it mentally and physically healthy.
Behavior training is simply a mix of playtime and feeding. Whether it’s about nail-trimming, leash-training or travelling, you can train your kitty with these through positive reinforcement. The simple thing to remember when raising a kitten is to reward good behavior with treats and affection and don’t reprimand bad behavior but instead, just simply ignore. Additionally, be patient and give time for your kitten to adjust to situations to keep all kinds of training stress-free.
Just like training behaviors, you can help influence your kitty and keep their feline instincts at bay by regular socialization. When you spend time with your kitty during cuddling, grooming or petting sessions, don’t allow biting and scratching. It’s good that your kitten learns early on that this is not how they should interact with you; if they do, you will leave and quit interacting. It’s also good to introduce your kitten to other animals or pets if you think there’s a high chance you’ll be adding another fluff to the family soon.
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