Kittens – they’re so incredibly cute and lovable. They’re also wild, playful and fragile, so it’s important you know how to properly care for them. Raising kittens is a fun experience, but a large responsibility. Just like puppies or children, it’s important you start giving your kittens proper care from the start, so they grow up to be healthy, well-behaved and loving adults. If this is your first time adopting kittens, and you aren’t sure what to do or where to start, don’t worry – Paw Lofts is here to help. Here’s the ultimate kitten care guide on how to care for new kittens.
It’s extremely important to know exactly how old your kitten is because different ages require different types of care. During the first 10 weeks of their lives, they require lots of nourishment, warmth and socialization. Many breeders and shelters wait until the kittens are 10 weeks or older before they put the kittens up for adoption. If you adopt a kitten under 10-weeks old, consult your vet for further instructions.
Not exposing your kitten to humans or other animals will affect the way they interact when they’re adults. Not socializing your kitten will likely make them nervous and skittish as adults. Socialize your cat by introducing them to other humans, the family dog and adult cats. Guide your kittens, let them explore the world and make new friends! They’ll be thanking you later.
Find a Good Vet
If you have other pets, it’s likely you already have a vet for your new kitten. If you don’t, ask your friends or the local animal shelter for recommendations. It’s important you take your kitten to the vet for an exam, vaccinations, and to ask the vet any important questions you may have about your caring for your new kitten.
Set Up a Schedule
Even though kittens are tiny little creatures, they get hungry – a lot! To keep up with your hungry kitten, set up a daily feeding schedule. Consult with your vet about how much and how often you should be feeding your kitten. Most vets recommend feeding your kitten three times a day if they’re 3 to 6 months old, and then scaling back to twice a day once they’re older than 6 months. Always remember to keep your kitten’s water bowl full at all times. Did you know: milk is actually bad for kittens, and upsets their stomachs. Pass on the milk, and give your kittens water instead to keep them hydrated.
Make It Cozy
Before you bring your kitten home, choose a secluded, cozy room for them to adjust to their new life. Make them feel safe, secure and at home in their new kitty lair. Put a few essentials such as their food and water dishes, litterbox and some cozy bedding in their designated area (but make sure you place the food and water dishes as far away at the litter box as possible).
When it’s time to spend the day or night away from your kittens while you’re out of town, bring them over to Paw Lofts luxurious pet resort. Your cat will have their own special cat condo in the dog-free section of our resort. Not to mention, there’s an aquarium placed for extra amusement. We’ll provide your fur baby with the love and care it needs while you’re away. Call 214-664-9011 to make a reservation today. Visit here for more information about cat boarding at Paw Lofts.