Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! We love seeing our feline patients grow from tiny balls of fur into healthy, happy adult cats. Read on for some helpful kitten care tips from a Fort Collins, CO veterinarian.
Your baby furball will need her initial vaccinations and exams, as well as spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and parasite control, so a few trips to the vet are in order. You’ll also want to keep a close eye out for any signs of illness. Kittens are quite fragile, and can get sick very quickly. Contact your vet immediately if you know or suspect that little Fluffy isn’t feeling well.
Your tiny ball of fur is going to want to investigate every nook and cranny of her new home. That sense of adventure can lead your curious furbaby right into trouble! You’ll need to do some kittenproofing to keep little Fluffy safe. Secure or remove hanging wires and cords, toxic plants, chemicals, and medicines, as well as any small items that could present choking hazards. Also, keep major appliances, such as washers and dryers, closed when not in use.
Our feline friends may be larger than life at times, but at the end of the day little Fluffy is still quite tiny, and can be easily scared. Offer your kitten plenty of safe hiding spots, such as kitty tents and towers. If she wants to curl up on your lap, let her. This will help your baby furball feel safe and loved, and will strengthen her love for you.
Proper nutrition is very important to your kitten’s health. After all, little Fluffy has a lot of growing to do! Make sure that your furbaby is eating a good, nourishing diet, and get the best pet food you can afford. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Proper petiquette is very important! Teach your baby furball good manners now, while she’s little. Never punish your kitten for misbehaving. Little Fluffy may not understand why you’re angry, and could become afraid of you. If she does something wrong, just tell her ‘No’ and then ignore her for a while. Also, focus on the positive by rewarding good behavior with treats, toys, and praise.
Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet, for all your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!