Everything You Need to Know to Care for Your New Kitten

The CatChannel guide on how to acquire and care for a new kitten.

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

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KittenA - Acquiring a new kitten
There are many ways to acquire your new kitten. For immediate gratification, you can adopt a pet from a local shelter or adoption clinic, or you can easily purchase a kitten from a pet store. Breeders offer purebred kittens with details on the cat's adult traits, behavior and background. Word-of-mouth is another way to acquire a new pet, whether through a veterinary office, the local newspaper or friends. Finally, feral or stray kittens can become good pets with time and patience.

B - Behavior
Your cat's behavior is pre-determined from genetics and molded by you. Training begins the moment you bring your kitten home. There are numerous books and magazines that offer training tips. Also check with your veterinarian for advice.

C - Consistency
Cats thrive on routine. For a smooth transition, try to consistently feed, groom and play with your kitten around the same times each day. In time, your kitten will begin reminding you if you're running late with an activity.

D - Diet
A proper diet is essential for your kitten's growth and health. Ask your veterinarian to help you select the best nutrition for your kitten's needs. You can choose from a plethora of specially formulated diets.

E - Exercise
Keep your kitten fit and help expend some of its youthful energy through exercise. Schedule regular 10 to 15 minute play sessions throughout the day. This strengthens your bond and gives your kitten a healthy outlet for madcap behavior.

F - Fight against fleas
Use a flea comb on your kitten weekly to check for fleas and flea dirt. Treat both your kitten and its environment to eliminate infestation and guard against future problems. Your veterinarian can suggest over-the-counter or prescription products that are safe for your kitten and your household. Read packages completely and only use as directed.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/7/2013 6:12:40 PM

Great advice.

Michalle    Portland, OR

6/19/2012 4:05:50 PM

This is a great list for kitten care! It is very informative especially for a first time owner.

joella    ellensburg, WA

4/2/2012 9:46:33 PM

how much dry kitten food should a 6-mo. kitten eat in a day?

jazz    brantley, AL

2/4/2012 9:21:18 AM

yea i would like an actual checklist too.like on Petsmart.com there is a printable checklist for your new puppie where you can check off each item as you get them.the only problem is that they dont have one for cats,if catchannel,aka,awesome website,had one that would really be helpful because personally i pretty much get a new cat every year or so and that is alot of work caring for a new kitten.and i think a kitten has to be about 7 to 12 weeks old.if im wrong please correct me. :) :)

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