Kitten Ownership From A to Z

Let this alphabetical list guide you through the process of acquiring and caring for a new kitten.

By Sandy Meyer | Posted: Thu Mar 4 00:00:00 PST 2004

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X - Xmas
The holiday season can be filled with dangers for curious kittens. Be sure to keep human snacks, tinsel, ribbons, tree water, electrical cords and other dangers out of your pet's access. No one wants to spend this joyous time in the emergency veterinary office with a sick or injured pet.


Y - Youth
Kittenhood generally lasts for one to two years, depending on your cat's breed. After that, your pet is considered an adult cat. A senior cat usually is 7 years or older. With good care, your kitten can live into its twenties.

Z - Zoonoses
There are a few animal diseases, such as rabies, toxoplasmosis, Cat Scratch Disease and ringworm, that can be transmitted to humans. Most are transmitted through bites, scratches or ingestion. Prevention is the primary way to avoid getting these diseases. Do not allow your kitten to bite or scratch you, and wash hands with soap and water immediately after interacting with pets or their waste.

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Patty    King of Prussia, PA

10/23/2012 6:25:28 AM

Great article and a lot of good information!

Jazz G.    Brantley, AL

9/25/2011 1:45:09 PM

i read every bit of it and when i got my two kittens Whiskers and Socks i pretty much did everything right except introducing them slowly to my family but it didn't affect them in any way at all they still acted like a normal cat.and i still have them both.

c.beth    mt.carmel, PA

6/5/2011 3:58:47 AM

there is one tip that would be a helpful addition to the alphabet; O; Only kittens (those who are the only animal in the house) need to be reminded and taught how to be a cat from time to time or else they will grow up to think they're people

robin    burlingame, CA

6/6/2010 9:25:05 PM

interesting and helpful hints and tidbits about bringing a kitten into the home. (that was already occupied by a 2 yr old cat; oops.) oh well, they will adjust after all. thankyou.

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