Kitten Care

 

 

Having a new kitten in your home can be a wonderful experience and yet at times can be challenging.

Here are some tips to help get you off to a great start for providing a lifetime of happiness for you and your new kitten.

In addition, please visit the following websites and associated links as they are excellent sources for more in depth and additional information: 

http://catalystcouncil.org/uploads/PDFs/AACMCATegoricalCareall.pdf

http://catalystcouncil.org/resources/video/

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/


Litter boxes

  • Cats generally prefer a type of litter that is unscented and closely represents sand or dirt, such as clumping clay.

  • Scoop the box at least once a day.

  • Ideally, there should be one more box than the number of cats in the household.  So, 1 cat, 2 boxes.  Some cats prefer to defecate in one box and urinate in the other.
  • Skip the litter box liner.
  • Avoid covered litter boxes.  Most cats do not like them.
  • Size matters!  The larger the box the more room cats have to move about.  Keep the sides fairly low for ease of getting in and out.  An under the bed storage sweater box can work very well.
  • Location, location.  Choose a quiet area and a place that is not difficult to access.  For kittens, having a box on the same level where they spend most of their time can help prevent accidents since the box is not far away.
  • Keep food and water in a different area – no one likes to eat near the toilet!

Going to the Vet

Other considerations

  • Microchips are a permanent form of identification that even indoor cats should have.  Many indoor only cats can escape and in the case of a disaster, many cats can be lost.
  • Pet health insurance is a good investment to make for your cat.  This can allow you to afford the treatment for your cat when the need arises that may otherwise be beyond your means.  The best time to enroll is at the time they are a kitten.
  • Make sure your kitten receives all of its vaccines and recommended deworming and tests.


Please consult with your veterinarian at Cats Preferred for your
kitten’s scheduled care needs and additional kitten tips.