Caring For a Young Cat Or Kitten

Caring For a Young Cat Or Kitten

You have selected a new kitten from a litter and are now ready to bring him home. You certainly want to give your baby cat a great start in life and want him to grow up healthy and happy. There are a few things you can do to be sure your cat settles in quickly and adjusts to his new life.

Be sure ahead of time that you are ready. Have a litter box all set up, kitten food at home and a few cat toys to keep the little guy occupied.

It is very important to handle a young cat a lot so that he gets used to being picked up and handled. This way your cat will grow to be affectionate and loving. If you have children at home encourage the kids to be gentle when picking up the kitten.

You should also start to brush a new kitten right away. Slowly introduce him to the brush and spend a few minutes every day brushing his fur gently. This not only reduces shedding but will ensure that he will allow you to brush him as an adult.

Kittens are very curious and he will try to get into everything and everywhere when he is a kitten. Set limits early by saying “No” and removing him from the locations that you do not want him to be in. Cats learn quickly when they are young so it is important to follow through with your expectations.

Do all you can do to keep your kitten safe. Do not let the dog torment him or kids tease him. The more unpleasant experiences he has as a kitten, the more likely that he becomes nervous and mistrusting as an adult.

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