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Proper Care for a Kitten

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Caring for a Kitten

As long as kittens are nursing from their mother, they are effectively protected against infections through the antibodies present in the mother’s milk. Starting from their sixth week, when kittens begin to consume solid food, this protection diminishes. It is then essential to take care of their health. Your zooplus magazine presents the first care for kittens.

Table of Contents

  • How to Properly Care for a Cat
  • Preventive Vaccinations for Kitten Care
  • Neutering and Spaying a Kitten
  • How to Properly Care for a Cat

How to Properly Care for a Cat

If you have never had a cat before, it is important to know the essential points to prepare for the arrival of your new kitten.

Essential Accessories

Resting Area

Cats sleep an average of 12 to 15 hours per day. Therefore, it is crucial to provide them with a comfortable basket for restful sleep. When choosing a resting place for your kitten, you have a variety of options available at the zooplus store. You can find baskets, cushions, blankets, small houses, outdoor baskets, sofas, original baskets, radiator hammocks, and window mats.

Food Bowl and Water Bowl

Make sure to regularly provide your little companion with fresh water and keep the container away from the litter box. If the water is dirty, replace it. It is also preferable to choose a high-quality bowl for your feline.

Cat Tree or Scratching Post

Get a scratching post and introduce it to your kitten as soon as possible. Cats have a natural need to scratch, and if you don’t provide them with a post, your kitten will do it on your furniture.

Proper Care for a Kitten

Litter Box

It is advisable to have one litter box per cat in the household, plus an extra one. Remember to clean the litter boxes at least once or twice a week. If possible, place the litter box away from their feeding area, in a quiet spot.

Socializing Your Kitten

Once your kitten arrives at your home, you should give them time to explore their new surroundings. Not all cats have the same learning speed. Generally, it takes a cat between 1 and 4 months to fully adapt to a new environment. You can show them their food bowl and bed and buy them toys.

Playtimes are particularly important. They will allow your kitten to interact not only with you but also with their environment. Choose safe toys without strings or small parts that they could swallow. The use of intelligent toys is also recommended to provide mental stimulation to your cat.

Get your kitten accustomed to the presence of children or other animals as soon as possible. Familiarizing them with their carrier will also be beneficial in the long run.

Maintain a calm environment to avoid overwhelming your kitten. Also, remember to keep small objects that they could swallow out of their reach.

Aside from all that, your kitten needs a lot of love. Giving them plenty of attention will allow them to thrive.

Grooming Your Kitten upon Arrival

Regardless of your cat’s fur length, it is important to brush them frequently. This will not only spare your home from shedding, but grooming is also beneficial for your cat’s health. By removing the dead hair from your kitten’s coat, you prevent them from ingesting it during their daily grooming.

Grooming is also an opportunity to detect any skin abnormalities or the presence of parasites such as fleas or ticks.

The earlier you start brushing your pet, the easier it will be for them to get used to it. The zooplus store offers many products to take care of your kitten’s coat and make it silky and shiny.

Maintaining your cat’s claws is also part of their care routine. It is good to trim their claws regularly using nail clippers. This prevents the claws from growing into their paws. Once again, starting this activity from a young age will make it easier as they grow older. Your veterinarian can show you how to trim a cat’s claws.

Proper Care for a Kitten

Preventive Vaccinations for Kitten Care

Young kittens need to develop their immune system to resist viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Fortunately, most pathogens are benign. However, kittens are not yet fully prepared to face certain viruses. That is why, to take care of a kitten, it is recommended to visit your veterinarian for the first vaccinations at around eight weeks of age.

Feline Cold and Feline Typhus

First and foremost, it is important to vaccinate your cat against feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline flu) and feline panleukopenia (feline distemper). Even an indoor cat can get infected, for example, if their owners bring in shoes they wore outdoors. Parvoviruses, small-sized viruses, cause acute diarrhea in kittens. Herpesvirus and calicivirus are responsible for feline flu. These two viruses can be prevented through a simple vaccination.

Feline Leukemia

True indoor cats have little chance of being affected by feline leukemia, but those living outdoors with other feline companions should be vaccinated. This viral disease can develop years after infection. It can result in tumors, recurrent infections, or swelling of the lymph nodes. A blood test at the veterinarian’s will indicate if your cat has been infected by another animal.

Cat Rabies

Vaccination against rabies and deworming are other preventive measures not to be neglected. During gestation, the mother should already be dewormed because if she gets worms, her kittens will also be infested with parasites. As a precaution, kittens should be dewormed one week before each vaccination.

To learn more about how to properly care for a kitten, also read the article on essential vaccines for cats and kittens.

Neutering and Spaying a Kitten

After the first few weeks of your kitten’s life, you may be wondering whether to have your kitten neutered/spayed. For a male cat that marks its territory by urinating in your apartment, the decision is easy. And generally, spaying female cats is advised if you do not want a litter of kittens in the future. The main advantage is that neutered cats and spayed female cats have a lower risk of developing tumors. Now you know all the first care steps to take for your kitten!

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”