Have you recently adopted a tiny ball of fur? Congratulations! Little Fluffy is bound to bring lots of love, purrs, and joy to your life. Cats brighten up any day with their furry faces, charming meows, and silly antics. But while your feline friend will eventually become very independent, she’s going to need quite a bit of care during that adorable kitten phase. A local Westminster, MD vet offers some advice on kitten care in this article.
Make Your Home Safe
Kittens are curious and fragile, which can be a pretty dangerous mix. You’ll need to make sure that your home is completely safe for your little buddy. That means addressing anything that could be a potential danger. That list includes things like ropes and cords, plastic bags and ties, toxic plants, chemicals, medication, and anything small or sharp. We’d also advise keeping major appliances closed when they aren’t being used. Ask your vet for more kittenproofing tips.
Socialize Your Buddy
Socialization is crucial to your little furball’s mental and emotional development. If your kitten was raised ‘underfoot’ as they say, she may already be well on her way. However, this is still a crucial time. Pay lots of attention to little Fluffy. Talk to her, pet her, and let her snuggle up with you. It’s important for your kitten to feel safe and loved!
Set Ground Rules Down Now
It may be really cute when your kitten pounces on your toes now, but that little habit will quickly lose its charm as your cat grows older. Teach your furry little pal the do’s and don’ts of being a good cat. If she bites or scratches, tell her ‘No’ in a stern voice, and then ignore her for a while. You can also blow in her face, clap your hands, or squirt her with water. That will startle and annoy her just enough to get the point across.
Keep A Close Eye On Your Kitten
Baby cats can not only get into all sorts of trouble, they can also easily get sick or hurt. Get into the habit of tracking your furry friend, and keeping an eye on her whereabouts. Don’t sit down in a recliner or on a blanket or cushion without checking first.
Enjoy this charming stage of your kitty’s life. This adorable toddler stage will be over before you know it! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Westminster, MD animal clinic, today!