Taking Care of Kittens: Factors to Consider
Article by Odessa Flores-Lemence
A dog is a man’s best friend– that’s how it is typically quoted. But cats are more independent and are not obsequious. People differ with opinions and differ in the liking of what to pet for. Some prefer birds, hamsters, and even reptiles!
Kittens love to hear their owner’s voice, play with them and be petted. In this case, kittens love attention. For those who prefer taking care of kittens, they should entertain a lot of considerations. Does the care of kittens involve cat-proofing? How is it done? What kind of milk should be given to my kitten? What are the needs of a kitten? What kind of food should I give?
Cat-proofing your home
Cat-proofing is needed because kittens are curious tykes and love to explore. Get rid of something that may be harmful or just make it safe, away from the kitten’s reach. Cloth drapes, window blinds cord, hazardous things on the floor and plants to name a few of these.
Milk, food, and drinks for kitty
Kittens over 8 weeks do not necessarily need milk. However, they enjoy it very much. You can still give them milk by then. But remember, no cow’s milk! And no dog food either. Canine food does not contain taurine. Cats need taurine otherwise they will become blind or develop heart disease. Also, do not feed your kitten liver and canned tuna intended for humans. This causes an imbalance of vitamins A, D and E, and may lead to serious conditions. Do not forget to give water to prevent dehydration.
Quality time with kitty
The first few weeks is the point in their life where socializing and bonding with a human is established greatly. Stroke gently beside her ears and under her chin, and pet her all over her body. She likes being touched and spoken to. Biting and scratching must be avoided, so train your kitten not to do those things. Also provide toys that your kitten can wrestle with, and a scratching post or pad that she can scratch herself with.
Some parasites may be passed on to the kitten from the mother’s milk. Therefore, deworming is crucial. Have your kitten vaccinated with distemper and rabies vaccination. The first shot of the distemper vaccination is at 8 weeks, followed by a booster after 3-4 weeks. Rabies vaccination, on the other hand, should be given to the kitten when she’s 4 months old. A booster will follow one year after, and she will need them again every 3 years for the rest of her life.
Caring for kitten has a certain psychic ability that goes beyond human understanding. Science can’t really explain it but pet lovers need no explanation.
Taking care of kittens is a fulfilling experience. Choose from your favorite cute kittens and unravel the reality inside!
About the Author
People differ with opinions and differ in the liking of what to pet for. Odessa loves cats and shares with you kitten care stuffs.