A Health Guide for Kittens

  • 22 June 2017
  • Pet Wants

Kittens. Bringing home a kitten is a very exciting experience. Whether it’s your first cat or a new addition to your existing family, there are a lot of traits that make kittens special. As the person who’s responsible for raising this little animal, you want to provide it with the best care possible. Since we’re in the business of making great food for cats, including kitten and all life stages cat food that have the perfect blend of nutrients to support growth, we get to interact with a lot of different cat owners. That’s why we want to use this post to share some of the best practices for keeping kittens safe, happy and healthy:

1. Making Your Home Safe

By choosing Pet Wants food, you can be confident that your kitten will get all the different nutritional elements it needs to grow and thrive. With that very important element of a kitten’s wellness covered, the next area to focus your attention on is making your home safe. Just as babies learning to crawl want to grab anything within reach and put it into their mouths, kittens are very curious. This is why you should get rid of any plants in your house that may be toxic to cats, as well as items like hanging cords from blinds that could injure a jumping kitten. It’s also a good idea to relocate small items on counters or shelves that could easily be knocked off and end up broken.

2. Vaccinations, Parasites and Blood Tests

When you adopt a kitten from a shelter, chances are it will already have its first round of vaccinations. However, cats need a total of three rounds while they’re still young, so you’ll want to promptly find a vet that you feel good about visiting and get the schedule for the remaining vaccinations. Parasites are another health issue that impact many kittens. If you notice excessive scratching, crusty patches on ears or skin, diarrhea, weight loss or bloated belly, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your vet to look into the root problem. Finally, if at all possible, find out if your new kitten had a blood test for infectious diseases like feline leukemia. In the event that your kitten hasn’t been tested, this is something you’ll be able to have done with your vet.

3. Grooming, Rest and Exercise

While baths generally aren’t necessary for kittens due to their instinctive grooming, it’s a good idea to start brushing your pet on a regular basis. Even if you don’t notice shedding, starting brushing at a young age will help your cat get used to this feeling. Kittens have lots of energy, so they’ll want to find ways to play while awake. And in terms of helping your kitten sleep, a secure spot like a cat bed or cardboard box lined with flannel will help your little one feel very comfortable.

For more information about cats and dogs or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Scottsdale at: (602) 885-8081.