So, you are interested in learning how to look after a kitten. This probably means that you are about to adopt a kitten or at least are considering adopting a kitten. A kitten is an adorable addition to any home, but also means responsibility and some work. Let’s take a look at some cat care tips.
Choosing a Kitten
The first thing to consider is if you have the time and will to care properly for a cat or kitten. These adorable little bundles of fur are full of energy and require supervision and love. Also consider if you want a mixed breed or pure breed cat and, if so, which breed. Both can make wonderful pets. Make sure to adopt kittens that are over 8 to 10 weeks old.
When faced with the cat, you should be looking for a healthy cat with a personality that fits your family. It is difficult to tell if a cat is healthy, but in general, make sure that the cat doesn’t have a runny nose or eyes, that the coat is glossy and the mouth has no ulcers or sores. A big, round belly can mean worms. Kittens love to play and the one you are considering should be no different.
Cat Care Tips
There are two things that you will need to care for a cat and those are love and patience. Just like children, kittens are still learning. They should be taught what is proper and what is not permitted gently but firmly.
Essential supplies you will need to take proper care of your kitten include food and water bowls, kitten food, a litter box and a cat carrier. There are many other things that you can buy for your kitten including a cat bed, cat toys, and grooming equipment.
Almost everyone is concerned with money issues, so let’s take a look at what this equipment may cost. You can buy everything for as little as $18.47 or you can be extravagant for $2792.41.
Least Expensive Essential Equipment List
Meow Mix Kitten 18 oz Box – $2.23
Molor Products Mini Food N Fountain Pet Bowl Granite Each-$3.74
Cosmic Pet Shuttle Cardboard Carrier-$5.99
Total = $18.47
Most Expensive Essential Equipment List
Polish Pottery Dinnerware Gift Set: Raised Cat Small Dog Dry Food Dish/Water Bowl and Wet Food Dish – Signature LM Tearose-$149.00
Grain-Free Cat Food for Adult Cats & Kittens from Flint River Ranch – 520lb-$1639.99
ZenHaus Modern Litter Box Enclosure-$528.47
Metro Couture Pet Carrier in Caramel –$474.95
Total = $2792.41
You can buy a Nightie Night Fleece Blanket for $4.44
or a Chiziana Pet Bed in Rich Walnut for $547.80.
When considering kitten food, find out what the kitten was eating before you adopted him or her and continue with that food. If you want to change the food, by all means do so, but do so gradually so as not to cause any gastrointestinal problems.
You would also need to find a veterinarian for your kitten. It is best to do this before any health problems occur. You will also need a vet if you are considering castrating your kittens. It may seem barbaric and unnatural, but animal shelters are overflowing with unwanted cats and neither is it fair to bring more into the world only to be mistreated. It is a delicate and controversial issue that one must decide upon after researching the facts for themselves.
In truth, vets are important in all aspects of your cat’s care including offering you with advice on de-worming your kitty, how to get rid of fleas and vaccinations. You might also want to consider getting health insurance to be prepared to cover health problems.
A kitten is a wonderful addition to any household. How to look after a kitten is not very difficult, you just need a few basic supplies and a lot of love and patience.