Kitten care advice from the team at Apex Vets
April 21, 2020
Kittens are as cute as buttons but in those formative weeks and months they can occasionally be little devils too and their enthusiasm for life can prove a bit destructive.
But so long as you’re prepared you and your kitten can have hours of fun without the downside. Here at the practice in Winchester Avenue we’ve plenty of experience with kittens, so here are some suggestions to make those first few weeks and months a happy learning curve for both you and your pet. If you’ve any questions after reading this, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.
When you bring your kitten home it will need your help to get used to its new surroundings and to become socialised into your way of life. To make things easier all round make the most of this impressionable age to:
- Ensure it is introduced to all members of the family and (as soon as the Governments current restrictions on social contact are lifted) gets used to being around people of all ages, as well as other pets.
- Introduce your kitten to various essential items it will need to get used to, including litter tray, grooming tools and its pet carrier – essential for journeys away and trips to the vet.
- Start a routine for feeding and try to stick to it.
- Bring in plenty of toys and a scratching post to distract your kitten from the soft furnishings.
- Expose your kitten to as many experiences as you can – have a think about the encounters it is going to make throughout its life.
- Keep any potential poisons, such as household cleaners, out of your kitten’s reach.
- Introduce play time. The more time you spend playing with your kitten the more it will bond with you.
- Make sure your kitten has a safe space of its own to rest and sleep in.
We look forward to meeting your new arrival but due to Coronavirus certain measures are in place so, please contact us before visiting the surgery. In the meantime we are here to offer kitten advice on the phone and by email when you contact us.
If you have an appointment coming up or if your kitten needs urgent attention, then please read our latest COVID-19 information on the current situation.