Just as a new baby has certain tests to make sure they are healthy before they leave the hospital, so should your new kitten. You want to be a responsible “Pet Parent” and you will want to know your new kitten is healthy and ready for a “fur-ever” home.
Kittens are small and fragile. Like toddlers, they have no concept of danger. Also like toddlers, they are fearless. Taking the time to limit the potential hazards in youur home will create a safer environment for your kitten.
Getting Ready For Your New Cat
Planning ahead before you pick up your new kitten will help avoid any last minute panics, but don’t go overboard. Basic requirements are few, but important.
- Cat carrier: Don’t forget the kitten will grow, so get a good sized one.
- Litter tray: Large enough to limit the mess, but low enough for your kitten to be able to climb in easily.
- Cat litter and scoop: You will want to keep the litter tray clean and dispose of the waste products efficiently.
- Food and water bowls: Easy to clean and for the kitten to use.
- Grooming implements: Long haired cats need regular grooming. Start as soon as possible.
- Bedding: Many cats like to sleep in a secure, enclosed environment, like a cardboard box with a hole cut in it.
- Toys: Just as with children, kittens love to play with you.
- Collar: Important for identification once your kitten starts to go out to play.
- Scratching post: Important if the cat is going to be an indoor cat.
How You Can Know If Your Kitten is Healthy
To avoid heartache and hefty vet bills later, you need to be sure you are bringing home a healthy cat. There are some key signs you should look for begore bringing your cat home:
- Coat: Your cat or kitten should have smooth or un-matted coat. There should be no fleas, ticks, or other pests in their coat.
- Ears: Your cat should have clean and dry ears with no waxy buildup, redness, or black powdery substance.
- Eyes: Your cat’s eyes should be clean and bright. There should be no discharge. The third eyelid, known as the haws, should not protrude.
- Nose: Your cat’s nose should be mildly moist, but there should be no discharge.
- Mouth: The teeth should be clean and white, and there should be no bad breath. Your cat’s gums should be pink and there should be no inflammation.
- Anal area: The cat’s anal area should be clean. There should be no signs of diarrhea, nor should there be any inflammation.
- Abdomen: Feel underneath your cat. The abdomen should feel rounded and firm, and there should be no lumps (which could be a sign of a hernia).
- Breathing: Listen to your cat’s breathing. Breaths should be even and there should be no wheezing.
- Movement: Watch the cat for signs of lameness.
- Size: If you’re getting a kitten, the smallest kitten usually will exhibit more health problems.
Enjoy Your New Best Friend
Fur-families are great fun and teach children about responsibility, empathy and kindness. You will have hours of enjoyment with your new kitten and he/she become an important part of your daily life. You will be guided to build a strong AnimalHumanConnection as you interact and love each other.
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Judy Helm Wright–Author/Blogger/Intuitive Wise Woman
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