Over the Christmas lots of lucky people woke up to the most wonderful present anyone could ever ask for…a tiny new kitten. Now that we are in the second week of January I thought it would be a good idea to share four basic steps that might help guide new kitten owners.
For those of you who are back to work (like me..boo) you won’t have a choice but to leave your kitten at home alone. Kittens and adult cats suffer with separation anxiety, it’s important to leave out as many interactive toys for your kitten while you are gone. They will tire themselves out all day long entertaining themselves. I’ve a patio style window in my sitting room and when it’s time to leave I always pull up the blinds a little to let my cats look out at the birds, although I found the best toy EVER is an empty box.
Grooming: I have only ever had to clean Egor once and that was because he was sick and had an accident on himself. I used some cat shampoo on wet kitchen towels to clean him as I nearly loss my own life trying to get him near the sink. Cats will spend hours grooming themselves, if you have a longhaired cat you may need to give them a bit of extra attention either by bathing or brushing their coat.
There is nothing cuter than a hungry kittens cry. I started a feeding routine for both my cats when they were kittens and would recommend you do the same. Firstly, I left out dry food specially for kittens all day long and some water, then just before I would leave for work I would feed them some them wet food, then again when I came home and again just before I went to bed.
With Bella she was on Whiskas for kittens wet and dry food when I adopted her so I stayed with the same product until she was around one and then slowly moved her onto Felix because the protein content is a little higher than Whiskas.
I had terrible problems with Egor, when I adopted him he had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) which I didn’t know he had, he wouldn’t eat anything for two days and had explosive diarrhea. On day one, I picked him up around noon from the DSPCA and brought him home, by 7 o’ clock he still had not eating anything so I gave him some boiled chicken cut into tiny pieces and he ate them. The next day I headed to my local pet shop and bought one of every kitten food brand both dry and wet…he still didn’t eat, by 5 o’ clock that evening I rang the vets and said it was an emergency and they seen us straight away. They kept him in for two days and said it was a UTI, gave me some medication and special food for him to eat which he gobbled up when we got home.
If you do notice anything strange with your kitten like this, call your vet and ask for advice, they will help you.
Litter box: When you come home with your kitten, you are always adviced to place them in their litter tray first and then let them explore the room. I did this with both cats and have never had any problems with litter training. Make sure you buy a litter that is suitable for your kittens tiny paws and not one for adult cats as it will hurt your cats paws and they won’t use their litter box.
Scratching: Your kitten will scratch your furniture no matter how many scratching posts you provide them with. You can take steps to try and prevent them doing this like; spraying a citrus based oil on your furniture, get soft paws which fit over your cats nails, placing a scratching post beside the furniture they are scratching or by just saying “NO”.
What not to do is DE-CLAW your kitten.
You probably know your kitten very well by now and can spot when they are not acting quite themselves. Some things to look out for are; an increase in them drinking water like I noticed with Egor, sneezing, runny eyes, vomiting, diarrhea and itching. If you notice any of these symptoms call your vet asap for advice.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a vet and this information is purely just to help guide new kitten owners.