Kitten care is essential to your kitten's health and life. Learn to care for your kitten with practical advice on raising a healthy kitten and other kitten care tips, which can help your kitten live a longer, healthier life.
Bringing a young kitten into your home can be both exciting and a
little daunting. Discover how with the correct kitten care you can encourage your new kitten to
develop into an affectionate, loyal and fun-loving friend.
Kittens are very interesting to watch for they love to entertain us
with their endless charm. There is never a dull moment.
early months of a kitten's life is very important and a lot of care
is needed. How the kitten develops will be the outcome of them as
- Never pick them up by the scruff
of the neck
- Never give cows milk to young kittens
- Never take
kittens away from mother until at least six weeks
- Never take
kittens outdoors until after one week of vaccination.
At birth, a kitten should weigh two to four ounces. By the end
of its first week it should double its body weight.
The kitten should
open its eyes at about eight days. The eyes will stay blue for about two
more weeks. (The true eye color will not appear until the kitten is
about three months old.)
At two weeks the ears will start to stand up. At
about three weeks the kitten will try to walk. At four weeks kittens start
to play with each other and develop teeth.
Check with your
veterinarian as to the timing of the needed vaccinations. The
kitten should be ready for adoption at eight weeks, and can be spayed or
neutered at that time if in good health.
In the later
months kittens learn how to clean themselves, use litter boxes,
hunt, and play.
The word weaning means slowly changing the kittens
diet from just milk to food.
process should start when the kitten is about three weeks old. Start
with liquids. Then slowly add soft foods to the milk. Canned baby
food does well in adding to the milk. After the kitten is about five
weeks old, add finely chopped canned cat food.
After the kitten is
six to eight weeks of age, increase the solids in the diet. Pet stores offer
kitten food. Contact your local veterinarian for suggestions.
Kittens should not be
separated from their mothers until they are at least six weeks. After
eight weeks of age is the best time to separate the kittens from their
mothers after they are fully weaned.
After a kitten is fully weaned choose a dry food intended specifically for
kittens.Dry food helps keep the teeth clean and healthy. Dry food is also easier
to use than canned food and doesn't spoil when left in the bowl.
Switch to adult cat food at about ten months of age. Adult food is
lower in calories, so plump kittens should change a month or two
sooner, thin kittens a little later.
Kittens are usually happiest when they have dry food continually
available. Although some cats eventually become overweight when
allowed all the food they want, this can usually be avoided by
choosing a reduced calorie diet.
If your kitten tends to be a little
chubby, avoid canned food and eliminate extra treats.
Kittens learn most cat behavior by watching older cats but mainly by
their mother's actions. There are certain instincts that cats are
already born with such as the ability to hiss, spit or purr.
natural for kittens to stay close to their siblings. The two reasons
for this is it keeps them warm and prevents them from getting lost.
Kittens play all the time.Playing plays a major role in helping them develop into
adult cats.Often it may seem that a litter will be
fighting but it is actually play.
Sometimes they may get too rough
but it's all apart of developing. However, if you feel that they are
harming each other, interfere and stop the quarrel.
Kittens love to play. Provide harmless outlets for all that
energy by supplying toys that are safe. Select toys too large to be
swallowed but small enough to bat around. A ping pong ball, crumpled
wax paper or a toilet paper tube are all excellent choices
Don't let your kitten play with string or thread, and be careful not
to leave threaded needles where cats can reach them. Any long
string-like object, especially if there is a needle attached, can
become trapped in the intestine and will eventually cut completely
through the intestinal wall.
Your kitten must always associate your hands with
gentleness and kind attention. Never encourage biting or aggressive
play by batting at kittens with your hands.
When it comes time for
grooming or administering medications, your cat must know that hands
are not for biting and realize that you expect cooperation.
the kittens development occurs during the first six months of its
life. Queen cats will teach their litter to hunt, and other skills
that will be required to survive.
Queens that are outdoor cats will
kill a prey and bring it back to her kittens. She will eat it in front
of the kittens as they curiously watch.
Then, she will bring a dead
prey to her kittens for them to eat. At last she will bring a live
prey and have the kittens kill it while she makes sure the prey
doesn't run off.
At three weeks of age, it is wise to contact a vet
about worming and vaccinations. Keep the kittens and the queen
indoors until they have all been vaccinated and at least one week
after that. This will prevent diseases.
Discouraging Bad Behavior
When "no" doesn't work, the best alternative
is a squirt bottle. Chasing your kitten, spanking, or throwing
things may eventually accomplish your goal, but does not promote a good
relationship with your kitten.
When your kitten is misbehaving,
a sudden jet of water provides immediate and effective
discouragement without being associated directly with you.
If bringing a new kitten into your household, it is a good idea to take the kitten to the veterinarian for a check-up and for required shots. A veterinarian can detect any signs of illnesses or diseases and help protect your new kitten.