Making the decision to adopt a kitten is very exciting, but before you can bring your new feline friend home, it’s important to make sure you not only have everything your new kitten will need, but you also know a few things about how to care for them when they arrive. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips on how you can prepare for your kitten, as well as what you should do once you bring them home.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your kitten is happy and healthy is to schedule an appointment with a vet pretty shortly after you bring your new feline home. Luckily, if you live in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, 911 VETS® PriVET is here to help. We offer mobile vet services, making it easy for you to get the checkup your kitten needs in the comfort of your own home. Explore our website to learn more about our mobile vet services, and give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
Get the Essentials
Before you even bring your new kitten home, one of the first things you will need to do is get all the essentials they will need. For kittens, typically you will need food and water bowls, food, a litter box and all its accessories, toys, and a bed. If you are worried about your kitten scratching up your furniture, you will also want to invest in a few scratching posts. It’s also a good idea to invest in a cat carrier so that you can bring your little kitten home. As far as the essential items go, your kitten doesn’t need much. However, you may find yourself wanting to spoil your little feline with toys and treats, and you may end up buying a few different varieties until you learn what they like.
Remove Poisonous Plants
In addition to stocking up on all the essential items your kitten will need to be happy, you will also need to walk around your home and make sure it is a safe place for a kitten to live. This process typically involves eliminating loose cords, covering up holes, and any other tasks that will ensure your kitten is safe in your home. With that in mind, one of the biggest ways you can ensure their safety is by removing poisonous plants.
If you are someone who enjoys gardening, or you like having a little green in your home, it’s important to make sure that the plants you have around your home are safe for cats. It’s no secret that kittens love to munch on whatever they can get their paws on, and plants are no exception. Do some research to see if your plants are poisonous to your new feline, and if they are, make sure they are completely out of reach or move them outside.
Socialize, Socialize, Socialize
We’ve all met at least one mean cat that gives all other cats a bad reputation. The last thing you want is to raise a kitten who is mean to everyone except for you, and the best way to do that is to make sure they are socialized.
Kittens are small and look very fragile, so you may be worried about scaring your little feline by introducing them to more people or letting them explore everything in your home. However, the first few months of a kitten’s life are when they do their most learning, and if they aren’t exposed to people, other animals, or anything else that might scare them, you could end up having a very scared or aggressive cat on your hands later in life.
Play With Toys
Kittens are very rambunctious and playful animals, and when your little feline isn’t sleeping, they will likely want to play and attack anything that moves, including your hands. You may be tempted to try and wrestle with your little kitten or bat at them as if you were another cat, but it’s important to be cautious about playing with your kitten with your hands. You don’t want your kitten to get into the habit of clawing, biting, or attacking your hands, even if they’re just playing. Doing so can teach your kitten to play rough, and it may not be something they grow out of when they’re older. Instead, get in the habit of playing with your kitten using cat toys that they can be as rough with as they want.
Find a Vet
Once you bring your kitten home, it’s vital that you schedule an appointment with a vet as soon as possible. A checkup with a vet will determine if your kitten has any illnesses, as well as give you an accurate estimate of the kitten’s age. If this is your first kitten, the vet will also be able to provide you with some tips to keep in mind to ensure that your kitten is as happy and healthy as can be. Most kittens aren’t old enough to get all their vaccinations when they come home. While there’s a good chance your kitten will have some of their vaccinations and be spayed or neutered, that might not be the case for all kittens. Scheduling an appointment with the vet will give you more answers, as well as make it easier to ensure that your kitten is fully vaccinated and healthy.
Interested In Learning More?
If you’ve decided to adopt a kitten, and you’re getting ready to bring your new feline friend home, 911 VETS® PriVET is here to help. In addition to providing you with helpful tips and advice to ensure your kitten has a smooth transition into your home, we also offer mobile vet services to residents in Los Angeles. Instead of scheduling an appointment and transporting your new kitten to the clinic yourself, we will come to you and perform an exam in the comfort of your own home. What are you waiting for? Learn more about our mobile vet services by exploring our website, and be sure to schedule an appointment once you bring your new kitten home.
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