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You Got a Kitten, Now What?

Congratulations! There is nothing more cute and precious than watching a kitten explore their world and experience things for the first time. After getting your new kitten examined by a veterinarian to ensure they are healthy, immunized and parasite free here are some tips to help with your new furry family member.

Introduction to other pets: It’s important to introduce the kitten to other pets slowly and with supervision. Everyone will get along eventually but it can take time. Make sure your new kitten learns to give existing pet’s space and respect as they were there first. Give your kitten their own food and water bowls, toys, bed and litterbox; in their own room/area to start works best.

Litterbox: Usually kittens are remarkably good at learning where their litterbox is and what it is for, but they are small and easily distracted so still need some assistance. Just like any training, patience and consistency are important.

  • Show your kitten where their litterbox is
  • Have litterboxes low enough for your kitten to get into
  • Have multiple litterboxes so they don’t have to travel a long distance as they may not be able to get there in time

Play/Socialization: Just like any other youngster, your kitten will play hard and sleep hard so provide lots of toys and playtime to help them develop physically and mentally. Bored kitties will get into trouble! Introduce them (safely) to as many different things, people and situations (kids, dogs, car rides, getting into the carrier) as possible! More exposure when they are young and developing, will equip them to better handle different situations throughout their life.

Grooming: Grooming is an important component of cat wellness. Get started early trimming your kitten’s nails and brushing their fur. The team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital would be happy to help you with proper technique and tools. Make any experience positive with treats and play.

Responsible pet ownership: Spay (female) or neuter (male) is done around six months of age. This is a very important part of pet ownership.

Benefits of spaying and neutering your pet:

  • Improves the quality of your pet’s health by reducing the risk of infections and cancers of the reproductive system
  • Helps control undesirable behaviours such as marking, spraying, roaming as well as dominant or aggressive behaviours
  • Helps to reduce pet overpopulation!!  Every year around 180 000 cats and dogs enter Canadian shelters!

A cat can be such a wonderful companion and part of your family. There is nothing better than a little warm bundle of fur purring on your lap. Enjoy!

Ask us about our Optimum Care packages to help with the first year of your kitten’s life.

 

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