Cats seem to be very independent creatures, which us cat lovers tend
to like. In the first several weeks of a kitten's life it’s mother
manages everything it needs, but after that you become the kittens
mother and it becomes your responsibility to care for the kitten as
though it is in fact your own family. Here are some helpful guidelines
to consider when you are caring for your new kitten.
After about four weeks the kitten can start eating store purchased
dry food. It isn’t always pertinent to get the most expensive brand of
kitten food either. Check and compare nutritional values of each brand
and make your own choice. When feeding the kitten wet food, don’t let
it linger or put it back in the fridge for later, it could contain
bacteria and therefore make your kitten sick. Also, a helpful hint is to
immediately expose your kitten to several different kinds of food so it
never starts as a picky eater if eventually they do need to make a
dietary change in the future.
Your kitten should have access to water at all times, fresh or not,
it should always be available. Do not feed your kitten cow's milk, it’s
terrible for their gestational system, but there are specific cat
friendly versions of “milk” available at pet stores or vet if you want
to check that out.
Kittens need warmth when sleeping, it’s why they curl up in a ball.
If you choose to let your kitten sleep with you then your body heat
will keep it plenty warm, but if you don’t then a kitten bed is a great
option, and if you don’t want to spend the money on one a cardboard box
with a blanket in it would work perfectly as well.
This is one of the best aspects of having a cat. Litter training is
very simple. You put your kitten in it a few times and cats are
naturally clean animals, and it will start using it. If you have
multiple cats then sometimes they will resist using a box together and
will require their own separate box.
They should be taken care of as soon as possible and follow up visits
recommended. Also, a flea collar is recommended if you are planning on
letting your cat outdoors.