How to Take Care of a Kitten
How to take good care of your kitten has to be one of the biggest questions asked but at the same time one of the widest. At this age, you do not know your cat as well as you did when it was just born. Your kitten may look much worse than it actually is. Therefore it is up to you to do all that you can to heal the little guy. Some good basic tips on how to take care of a kitten during the early part of his life are as follow:
- During the newborn kitten’s stage, motor skills play a very important role. Your kitten must learn how to roll over, turn around and stand on its own two feet. This is critical to helping the kitten develop a strong sense of individuality and get used to life in its new surroundings. A strong sense of self and motor skills will also help your newborn kittens cognitive development as they learn how to get along with people and their environment.
- Your cat needs to be able to recognize its own litter box. This should begin the day you introduce him to you. If your cat does not recognize his litter box he will not use it, which will result in you having to scoop the cat’s waste out on a regular basis. The earlier you can get your cat used to using his litter box the more successful his litter box usage will be in the future.
- Kittens need their litter boxes to have proper drainage. When a cat litter box is clogged it is very difficult to empty it. It will result in your kitten not being able to fully empty the litter box. This is a common problem among indoor cats and is easily fixed by purchasing a simple litter pan. Once your cat has become accustomed to its new litter pan you can probably just place it in the same location the old litter pan was located in.
- Kittens can only hold their bladder for about 4 weeks. This is the maximum amount that a cat can go without urinating. So if you are caring for newborn kittens you will want to start to potty train them as soon as possible. Once they are able to hold their bladder for longer than 4 weeks you can increase the frequency of their potty breaks.
- Milk replacement formula is a popular option for pet owners when caring for kittens. Some people prefer to feed their kittens with human-grade canned milk while others choose to feed their kitty with a soy-based milk replacement formula. You should always check with your veterinarian to make sure the brand you are considering using is compatible with your kitten. If you are not able to find a vet that allows you to feed your kitten with soy milk your next best choice would be human-grade canned milk.
- The age of your kitten is also an important factor in determining how to take care of a kitten. Kittens that are born before eight weeks of age cannot properly absorb the needed nutrients from their mother’s milk. Therefore, you should only feed this tiny baby kitten with formula or baby food for kittens that are at least eight weeks of age.
- Be sure to vaccination your kitten as soon as possible. The American Kennel Club recommends that you have your pet vaccinated at four weeks of age for all household pets. This vaccination will also protect your kitty against the deadly parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and giardia. Be sure to consult your vet about the other vaccines required for your pet. Once your kittens are fully vaccinated and their ears, teeth, and eyes have been treated they should be checked daily to ensure they are healthy. Remember, your kittens’ health is very important and the earlier they care for the better.