Before getting a new kitten there are some things you should consider thoroughly. Every one in the house should be involved in the discussions about a new kitten addition to your family – as they will each have their own part to play in caring for a kitten.
As a new kitten will be a member of your family for a very long time, it is important to find the right kitten, one that will fit in with your household and with your lifestyle. Different breeds have sometimes very different personality traits and behaviors. So, take your time and don’t jump in and buy the very first kitten you see. You would be best advised to do lots of research into kittens of different types and breeds.
I have lots of new kitten guides and information pages here on my Cat Problems Advice website, which should help you decide if getting a kitten is the right move for you – and what sort of kitten you would be best to get.
Firstly, a cat can live up to 20 or more years, so this is definitely something you want to consider. Are you prepared for that sort of a commitment?
Secondly, bear in mind all of the costs involved initially in raising kittens, then on for it’s whole lifetime. You will first need to buy new kittens items such as litter tray, kitty litter and food. Ongoing expenses for your new kitten, though small, can add up if you are on a limited budget. These costs will include cat food, kitty litter and routine veterinary visits. The vet visits will include annual health check-ups, flea and worming treatments and vaccinations.
Other than those, cats do not normally require a great deal of medical expenses. However, you should be prepared for any accidents or sudden illnesses that may happen and the costs that may be involved – remember Murphy’s Law! Emergency vet care can be extremely expensive. You might like to consider cat health insurance to cover any unexpected emergencies once you have your new kitten home.
When very young all new kittens are very needy. Being a little baby just removed from mom, all her litter mates, her home and all that she has ever known – she will want and need a lot of your attention. To ensure your new kitten grows into a well-adjusted and confident cat, it is important to make sure the early days are full of nurturing, love and reassurance. As she grows older she will become a little more independent, but will still require quality time spent with her each day playing and petting etc. There are also the daily maintenance chores – like feeding her and keeping her kitty litter tray clean and topped up.
It will also be important for you to think about what arrangements you will need to make for times when you are not at home; such as for when you are away on holiday or work commitments. Is there someone able to care for your new kitten at home in your absence? Or will you have to hire a pet sitter or arrange for your kitten to stay at a boarding cattery? It is a good idea to check out any and all of these options well in advance, before you actually need them.
Consider how much you want or have available to spend before even looking at new kittens that are available. You might prefer to choose a domestic kitten and if so it would be great to check out your local kitten rescue shelter. There are always plenty of needy baby kittens who are desperate for a safe, kind and loving new home. Not only will you be gaining a family member – but you will also probably be saving a kitten’s life!
If you decide you would like a pedigree kitten, keep in mind that some purebred cat breeds are very expensive – and all are moderately so when compared to buying a domestic kitten. Registered breeders tend to price their baby kittens around the same figure. If you find a pedigree kitten that is for sale at way below the average going rate for the breed, that should raise a few red flags to you, and you would be best to find out why.
So have a think about all of these things before you make the final decision for buying a kitten.
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