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How To Care For A New Kitten

A cat cannot (and should not) be compared with any other domestic pet, because of its many unique qualities. Cats combine a strong sense of independence with a deep affection for its owner. It is self-reliant, but can be trained in obedience and tricks. It is easy to housebreak, adapts well to apartment living, does not require you to walk or exercise it, and naturally keeps itself clean and neat.

General Health Care Suggestions:

Has your new kitten been examined by a veterinarian at a veterinary care center IMMEDIATELY after obtaining it. Here are a few vaccinations for cats that you must get done in time:

• Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, and Chlamydia
• Rabies
• Feline Leukemia

We routinely DE-WORM for the major internal parasites at the same time as immunizations are given. Watch the stools for small white segments that look similar to rice. These are tapeworms and require a special type medication.

Parasite Control:

Apply a monthly topical solution to prevent internal and external parasites. Always ask us before using any insecticide. We have seen many reactions to many products. Cats are very sensitive to most insecticides. Keeping the cat INDOOR is the best solution!

Hairballs:

Long-haired cats may need a Laxative added to their diets to prevent hairballs. Brushing daily is the most important hairball prevention.

Declawing:

Not for outdoor cats. This procedure could be done to indoor cats when necessary to prevent cats from scratching and breaking your furniture. ONLY the front claws are usually removed.

Neutering:

Neutering is recommended at 6 months of age for both males and females. This is extremely important and mostly covered by pet insurance. Female cats will continue to come in heat every 3 -4 weeks until they are bred. Signs of heat include restlessness, nervousness, rolling on the floor, more affectionate, voice changes, etc.

Litter Box Training:

Training the cat is usually not a problem since this is naturally done by cats. Keep litter box clean! Odor neutralizers or baking soda will decrease litter box odor. Change at least twice a week. Remove droppings DAILY. Oil dry material or alfalfa pellets make good cat litter. Plastic garbage bags can be used for litter box liners. Premium diets will decrease stool volume and odor tremendously.

Commode Training:

• Start by putting the litter on the toilet seat so the cat becomes accustomed to jumping up when it needs to use the litter box.
• After a week or so, cut a little hole in the center of the litter box. Every 4 – 5 days, increase the size of the hole, so the cat learns to balance itself over the hole. At the same time, reduce the amount of litter placed in the box.
• In the end, of course, there should be NO litter in the box, and the size of the hole should approximate that of the toilet seat.
• Be careful not to rush the training. If your cat feels uncomfortable at any point, it will choose another location for its toilet.

Nutrition:
• Feed only HIGH QUALITY FOOD.
• Feed DRY FOOD, FREE-CHOICE. Moisten until the kitten is 3 months.
• Fresh water should be available at all times. Change the water. Do not feed milk, unless diluted at least 1/2 with water. It is best not to give any at all since it often causes diarrhea.
• Don’t use cheap or generic foods. These cannot be digested properly. Don’t use dog food. The protein amount is NOT high enough for cats.

NEVER give a cat Tylenol or aspirin.

A plastic carrying crate is good investment for cat trips and also as a bed at home. It will give the kitten a private place and offers security. It should be placed a couple of inches off the floor.

Signs of illness

Diarrhea, refusal to eat, vomiting, gagging, coughing, sneezing, sluggish, watery eyes, and any other abnormality.

Please feel free to call our office (305)222-7387 for advice or suggestions on proper care of your kitten. We want to help you insure a life-long happy relationship with your new pet.