10 tips for a furbulous Kitten from Howick Small Animal Clinic
1.Feed a High-quality Kitten food up to 1 year of age:
Nutrition is key for a healthy kitten! Feed a high-quality kitten food (i.e., high in protein and taurine, and low in fillers and carbs) up to 1 year of age and then change to high-quality cat adult food.
2. Feed your kitten at least three times a day from a shallow bowl:
Remember, they’re tiny things and so they need easy access to their food. If your kitten prefers grazing or eats modestly, keep a small amount of dry kibble available in a dish for it throughout the day.
3.Provide clean, fresh water:
Always have clean, fresh water available and check it throughout the day. Water is enough, no other liquid needs to be given-cows milk can cause a tummy ache and an upset tummy, thus should be avoided.
4. Keep your kitten in the same room with the litter box for a few days so that it can get used to it- clean it daily!:
When you first bring your kitten home, it’s a good idea to keep your kitten in the same room with the litter box for a few days so that it may get used to it. Kittens don’t need much in the way of training. Often, just knowing where the box is is enough of an incentive to use it; cats naturally prefer to bury their waste. Clean the litter box daily!
5. Kitten proof your home:
They’re small, curious, and can get into trouble. It is all too easy for a small kitten to get caught between furniture and appliances, fall into a toilet, or be stepped on. Until it learns self-safety, you will be your kitten’s best line of defense.
6. Play with your kitten:
Use a piece of string, crumpled paper, or a kitten toy — almost anything can be a toy. Kittens (and cats) love to play. The bond you begin now, through play and unconditional love, will be unshakable for many years to come.
7. Getting your kitten spayed or neutered makes for a healthier and happier cat!:
Fixed cats don’t go into heat or get pregnant and are less likely to get into fights or spray urine. Spaying and Neutering are ideally done around 6-12 months of age.
8. Vaccinate Your kitten at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, and every year thereafter:
Vaccinating your kitten is absolutely essential as it will protect her from life-threatening diseases.
9. Deworm your Kitten every 2 weeks until they are 3 months old, then every 3 months:
Worms are parasites that can infect a kitten even through the mother’s milk. An infected kitten may suffer from growth retardation and a damaged immune system because it can’t absorb all the necessary nutrients from its food. Worms are also contagious to humans. This makes deworming your kitten very important.
10. Protect your Kitten from ticks & fleas:
Kittens are at high risk of biliary from ticks and anemia from fleas. We advise using a safe and veterinary-recommended tick and flea treatment regularly.
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