Have you decided to bring a kitten into your home? Congratulations! Your baby furball is sure to melt your heart. We wouldn’t be surprised to find that little Fluffy has you wrapped around that cute little paw of hers in a matter of days, if not hours. While kittens are almost unbearably cute, they’re also quite fragile. Just like any other youngster, your tiny feline has lots to learn in her childhood. In this article, your North Phoenix vet offers some basic kitten care tips.
Your little ball of fur is going to be extremely curious. In fact, you could say you have a furry ball of mischief on your hands. Little Fluffy can get into lots of trouble while she’s young, so some kittenproofing is definitely in order. Be sure to remove any toxic plants, and keep all medicines, and household chemicals secured. You’ll also want to be sure to close your appliances, such as your toilet, washer, and dryer, so your little explorer can’t hop into them. Plastic bags, hanging cords, small items, and even open windows can also endanger the little one.
Kitties are very fragile when they are young. Your furball can get very sick very quickly, so it’s important for you to be able to recognize any possible signs of illness. Loss of appetite, hiding, unkempt fur, fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive thirst are a few indications of sickness in cats. If you notice anything unusual, call us immediately. You’ll also want to be sure to get Fluffy her vaccinations, and schedule spay or neuter surgery, if that hasn’t been done yet.
It’s much easier to teach little Fluffy good manners now than it will be to correct bad habits later. Discourage play attacking and improper scratching, as well as any other habits you don’t want Fluffy picking up, such as jumping on counters. Never punish your furball, as this may only frighten her. Just say ‘No’ firmly, and clap your hands to startle her.
The more attention you pay to your cat, the more interactive and friendly she’ll become. Talk to your furball, play with her, and let her cuddle when she wants to nap. Also, make sure the little furball has plenty of toys to keep her amused!
Does your kitten need shots or veterinary care? Contact us, your North Phoenix vet clinic, anytime!