pets are therapy congratulate you on the new addition to your household! There are a few things to consider now that you have a little kitten to care for. Depending on where your kitten came from, it’s probably a good idea to take your kitten for a check-up at the vet, especially if it came from a pet store or a private owner. Most animal shelters these days have qualified in-house vets that vaccinate, treat for worms and generally care for the animals.
1. Cat Nutrition
One important aspect you should consider for your kitten is proper nutrition. This should be high quality commercial kitten food (wet or dry) and some natural foods such as chicken livers, wings and necks to ensure they get a balanced diet. Always make sure your kitten has access to fresh drinking water and avoid giving it cows milk which will most probably upset their digestive system. Pet Accessories
2. Cat Bedding
There’s nothing more a kitten would love to do is to snuggle up and share your bed with you, it’s important though to provide them with their own warm, dry and comfortable bed of their own
Pet Accessories. The bedding should be warm and cosy, not placed in a draft and preferable in a private little spot where they can feel safe.
3. Litter Trays
It’s also important to provide a litter tray somewhere in a private area for your kitten when they need to go to the toilet. Foldable Pooper Scooper, Leakage Proof Cat litter Mat, Disposable Cat Litter Boxes
4. Play Time With Your Kitten
Play time is extremely important for bonding between you and the kitten, but also for the kittens exercise and it strengthens their muscles and relieves boredom. Kittens and young cats in general are very curious, playful and they love chasing Cat Toys and of course interacting with their parents. It’s also a good idea to try out different types of Cat Toys so your kitten doesn’t get bored. You can hide little treats inside toys or make your own Cat Toy from a small stick with a feather attached to it. Pet Toys
5. Cat Grooming
Cats generally groom themselves by licking their fur with their rough tongue which has little hooks on the surface which they use to gently “comb” their fur. They will then swallow the lose fur which causes “fur balls to build up in the stomach to eventually be vomited. To prevent your kitten or cat getting fur balls, you should gently brush your kittens fur to remove all the loose hair. This is especially important for medium and long-haired cats. Pet Accessories.
6. Kitten Training
Arguably the most effective way to Train Cats involves rewarding your cat when they display desired behaviour. The rewards can be in the form of a tasty Cat Food Treat, play-time or a gentle patting, all positively reinforce a desired outcome. If on the other hand your kitten displayed “undesirable” behaviour such as scratching or biting too hard, then it’s best to ignore it. It will quickly realize that their behaviour will result in not getting anymore attention, treats and cuddles. It works! Pet Accessories
Never physically punish kittens or cats as this will only scare and confuse them . They will not associate “bad behaviour” with physical punishment.
7. Scratching Poles
Cats NEED to keep their nails in good shape, after all nails are their main set of tools and weapon. In the wild they will do this by scratching tree trunks, posts and logs to mark their territory and to sharpen their nails. It’s their instinct and they HAVE to do it. So if you don’t want your kitten or cat to scratch your new furniture, providing a good quality Scratching Pole or Scratching Mat is essential. Pet Accessories.
8. Health Care For Cats
The best way to care for your kitten and cat is to simply have a chat with your local vet about vaccinations, yearly check-ups, microchipping, de-sexing and flea & worm prevention. Also important is to provide a nutritious diet and daily fresh and clean drinking water.
Further more, if you don’t want unwanted litters of kittens and want to help to control the number of unwanted cats, de-sexing prior to sexual maturity is very effective in preventing unwanted cats roaming around.
De-sexing also reduces behavioural “problems” such as urine spraying, roaming or getting involved in cat fights which may harm/injure your cat.
If you care for your kitten they will live a long and happy life. It’s not uncommon for a cat to live up to 20 years old. Our cat lived to be 18 years old and my mum’s cat died in its sleep at the ripe old age of 22!
At pets are therapy we hope that your Kitten will bring your family lots of love and joy like they do for our family…
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