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How to Care for a Kitten

How to Care for a Kitten

Kittens can be weaned from their mothers starting at four weeks old, but they normally start eating solid cat foods at eight weeks old. You should know how to care for a kitten, especially when you adopt it prior to it reaching eight weeks of age. If you can help it, it is advisable to separate the kitten from its mother after the eight weeks mark or you really have to make an effort in caring for it. The following may help:

  1. Cow’s milk is not for cats. Refrain from giving milk with lactose to your kitten. Obtain formulated milk for kittens from grocery stores or pet shops. They do not contain lactose, which most cats cannot digest.

  2. Your kitten’s drinking water must be in a safe spot. Kittens are very playful and can easily contaminate the water if they accidentally step in it. Change its water supply as often as possible.

  3. Your kitten’s tiny tummy cannot accommodate much food, so it will be eating frequently in small amounts. There are wet and dry foods made specifically for young felines.

    ed it with the wet canned foods as often as you can, but leave some dry foods in a separate container that it can access at any time.

  4. Loneliness is a killer for an isolated young kitten. Warmth is crucial at this age, but unfortunately it has no other furry companions to cuddle up with. Letting it sleep on your chest or lap is a big help. Another option is to install a warm light over its corner.

  5. Find a litter box that will match the size of your kitten. Its instinct will guide it to use the litter box, but you have to make its location obvious to the kitten.

  6. A kitten will have the tendency to follow you if there’s no mother cat taking care of it. Since you can’t lick it, you can use a moistened face towel and give it a sponge bath. Do not neglect cleaning its anus because it has to be taught how to clean it.

  7. Talk to the kitten nicely with a soft and low voice. Stroking it gently will help it relax and be comfortable around you. It will look forward to your gentle touch and scent whenever you come home from work, so don’t deprive it of those loving gestures.

  8. Your kitten will love to play with you, especially when it gets rewarded after having a good time with you. It can be in the form of a delicious treat. Playing is certainly its way of bonding with you, so do not miss any opportunity to play with your cat.

  9. When you see your kitten scratching, it’s time for you to teach it good behaviors. Only allow it to scratch a scratching post. Say a firm command like “don’t” if it scratches your furniture. Never hit or scare your cat by making aggressive physical punishments whenever it commits a mistake.

  10. Take your kitten to a veterinarian for deworming at least once initially, and then make repeat appointments after two months or so. The veterinarian may prescribe medications and suggest further tests to make sure that all worms are eliminated. It should also be examined for Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency Virus, which is a disease that is triggered by the immune system being attacked by a virus. Schedule it for distemper and rabies vaccinations. The first vaccination must be taken care of when the kitten is four months old.

How to care for a kitten is not easy, but all your troubles will go away when you see it happy, healthy and strong as time goes by.


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