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Kitten Care 101

Has a kitten recently joined your household? We probably don’t have to tell you how fun and cute kittens are. With that adorable furry face, cute antics, and heart-melting purrs, little Fluffy will probably have you wrapped around her paws in no time! A Greenwood, IN vet discusses basic kitten care in this article.

The Basics

Proper nourishment is very important for a growing furball! Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations. Avoid using clay or clumping litters at first, as they can be dangerous for baby cats. To keep your feline friend purring, offer her lots of soft beds and give her plenty of fun toys to pounce on.

Kittenproofing

Kittens are basically walking, purring balls of mischief. Little Fluffy will want to investigate everything in her domain, and figure out exactly what she can and can’t play with. This can lead your frisky furball right into trouble! Therefore, you’ll need to do some kittenproofing. Secure wires and cords; remove toxic plants; and keep small items, plastic bags, chemicals, and medicines securely stored away. You’ll also want to keep appliances closed. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

Little Fluffy will need to visit the vet a few times during that crucial first year. In addition to exams and vaccines, your baby feline will need parasite control, microchip, and spay or neuter surgery. At home, keep a close eye out for any signs of sickness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong. Kittens are very fragile, and can get sick very quickly!

Petiquette

To help your furball grow into a calm, friendly adult cat, take time to instill good habits now. Discourage rough play by ignoring your kitty when she tries to attack you. Also, be sure to teach little Fluffy proper scratching habits. Offer her a good scratching post or a cat tower, and reward her with treats, cuddles, and praise for using it.

Snuggles

To help strengthen your kitten’s love for you, pay her lots of attention. Talk to her, play with her, and let her curl up on your lap. It probably won’t take long for little Fluffy to start seeing you as her human parent. Or servant. (We’re not entirely sure that cats know the difference.)

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Call us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, today!

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