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New Kitten Care Tips – For Raising Your Kitten:
So now you have made a thoughtful selection of exactly what type of kitten you want, you have chosen your new kitten and you are just about to bring him home. You will naturally want to give him the very best possible start in life.
There are a few things that you should think about, get ready and put into place before you actually bring your new baby kitten home.
Include all of your family members in any discussions about the kitten’s care and handling. It will help a lot with an easy integration into your household and the raising of kitty, if these things are thought about in advance.
Here are 10 tips to help your new kitten develop into a loving and affectionate adult cat. One who will share many years of happy life with you and your family – stress free:
Be Prepared Beforehand
Be prepared before you bring him home. Make sure that everything he needs is ready and waiting, like toys, food, litter box, scratching post and a safe, comfy bed all ready for him. This will all help him to settle in more quickly.
Play With Him Lots and Be Gentle
Give him plenty of attention and a lot of gentle handling. If kittens are handled a lot when they’re little, they become used to it and learn to enjoy it. As a result of this early handling, they are more likely to turn into friendly and affectionate adult cats who love to be cuddled and petted.
Your new kitten should always be handled with care. If you have little children, you should always supervise them with your new kitten, and teach them the correct ways of picking him up and handling him.
Daily Care and Handling
Accustom him to receiving every-day care from you. This includes grooming, washing his face, giving him baths and cleaning his eye and ears. Making sure that he is comfortable with these things when he is still a baby will ensure that you won’t have many problems with these things once he is an adult.
Socialize Him Well
Safely introduce him to all of the everyday things that will form a part of his world as soon as you are able. This can include other people, children, other animals, travelling in the car, boarding at friends houses when you go off on holiday, and so on. Doing this will turn him into a confident and happy cat.
Enjoy Playing With Your Kitten
Play kitty games with him and speak to him constantly. A bored kitten or cat may tend to seek amusement in activities that you will not be particularly happy with, like scratching at the furniture. Playing with your new kitten will build up a good relationship with him and help to prevent any boredom and bad habits developing.
Feeding Your New Kitten
Feed a wide selection of foods that are suitable for kittens, to ensure he is used to eating a varied diet. This should prevent him from becoming a frustrating, fussy eater when he is older. However, take care to only feed fresh and safe foods.
Teaching Your Kitten Right From Wrong
Gently and calmly set boundaries for your kitten. Kittens are very much like little human children. They can push their luck to try and see how much they are able to get away with from you. Common naughty kitten behavior includes scratching, biting, jumping on the kitchen worktops, scratching the furniture and abseiling the curtains.
If your kitten is being naughty, stop him, say “no” (don’t shout) and move him away from the scene of his crime. It’s much easier to train a new kitten to be good than an adult cat, so setting the boundaries whilst he’s young can save you years of frustration in the future.
Be Kind But Firm
Do not give in to vocal blackmail. Some kittens will try to get what they want by meowing and meowing at you. If you keep giving in to his demands, then your kitten may very well develop into a very noisy, vocal adult cat who’ll drive you nuts with constant loud demands.
Kitten proof your house to keep your new kitten safe. Having big frights, like falling into the the toilet, being tormented by a child or having a dog bark right in his face, can have a negative impact on him when he is little, and may turn him into a scaredy cat. The more unpleasant experiences he has as a kitten, the more likely he is to become nervous and mistrusting as an adult.
Remember Kitty Is Still A Baby!
And finally, accept the fact that your new kitten is just a baby, he will have heaps of energy which will need to be released. Provide lots of toys and a good scratching post for him to discharge his energy. While discouraging him from acts of willful destruction, you will need to ensure that items in your house are safe from kitty claws until he is a little older, and knows his boundaries.