A kitten is one of the easiest first pets to have. Caring for them correctly is important to ensure your experience with the new pet is pleasant. Caring for a kitten is fairly simple, however there are a few important aspects that you need knowledge of. Here we will give you all the advice that you need to have a happy addition to the family.

Introduction

Aside from the medical point of view for a new kitten, it is important that you introduce the kitten correctly into your home.  Your new family member needs to have a calm environment as they are probably already stressed and frightened. You can try reducing the stress of the situation by:

  • Making a slow introduction of other family members
  • Controlling enthusiasm and excitement
  • Being extremely gentle
  • Limiting how much you handle the kitten to ensure they are not overwhelmed
  • Allow the kitten to approach people on its own accord
  • Try to avoid scaring them with loud noises and sudden movements
  • Give them time for playing and relaxing while doing the introductions to make the environment feel more fun and friendly and also to reduce the anxiety

You ideally want your cat to grow up in an environment where they are comfortable, without excessive noise and agitation. This will reduce the chances of your cat growing up to be fearful or timid. While giving your pet good medical care is important, a safe and loving environment is also of great importance to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Vaccinations

One of the first steps of bringing a new kitten into your house is making sure that they receive the necessary vaccinations. Kittens get immunity from the antibodies in their mother’s milk. This helps them stay disease-free for a short period of time. However, it can also neutralize vaccines. This is one of the reasons why it is extremely important that you make sure your cat receives the full course of vaccinations.

Your kitten should receive at least 2 vaccinations for calicivirus, leukaemia, feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and chlamydia when they are small. The recommended amount is 3 vaccines for feline immunodeficiency virus by the time they are 8 weeks old. As your kitten becomes older, their immunity often weakens and they should receive boosters in order to prevent any of these diseases.

Vaccinations are not harmful to your kitten if they are done right. You can contact us for information about a schedule that is suitable for your kitten. You can expect swelling and tenderness around the injection site as well as behaviour indicating that they are slightly under the weather.  With comfort, food and water, the effects of the vaccination will subside within a day or two. However, if you notice severe side effects, you should contact your vet.

Deworming

Worms can be quite detrimental to the health of your kittens. There is an extensive list of worms that they can contract, including: hookworms, heartworms, roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. Your kitten will most likely contract roundworms from their mother’s milk. We can give you advice and run tests to decide what worm treatment is most appropriate for your kitten.

Between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 months, you should deworm your kitten every second week. After that, it is recommended that you continue deworming them at least once a month until they are 6 months old.

Desexing

Choosing to desex your pet is a good idea for a number of reasons. Desexing your cat means that it will be unable to reproduce. This surgery is very common and safe. The ideal age to desex your pet is between 4 to 6 months. The benefits of desexing your new kitten includes the following:

  • A female cat will not go into the “heat cycle” when it matures
  • Unwanted kittens will be prevented
  • Reproductive organ diseases in males will be prevented
  • There will be minimal risk of breast cancer and uterine infection in females
  • The chances of your cat living a longer and healthier life is increased.

Your cat’s overall personality should remain the same after surgery. Keeping your pet active and on a healthy diet will ensure that their metabolism is not slowed due to hormone changes. Contact us if you need more information on desexing.

Pet insurance

Owning a pet can be quite a pricey fete. The medicinal side of pet care is especially expensive. Taking out a pet insurance will reassure you that in the case of an accident or serious illness, your pet will be covered. The last thing you want as a kitten owner is for it not to be able to receive the medical it needs in dire situations. Taking out a pet insurance helps cover majority of the costs if these events occur.

Whether or not you take out a pet insurance is solely your decision. We can assist you with finding a reliable company to insure your kitten at a cost you can afford. This will make the new kitten experience even better as the weight of potential medical fees can be lifted off of your shoulders. The cost of insurance policies will be dependant on the coverage and other factors regarding your pet’s health. Contact us to discuss available policies and which option is the best for you.

Health checks

Owning a pet can be quite a pricey fete. The medicinal side of pet care is especially expensive. Taking out a pet insurance will reassure you that in the case of an accident or serious illness, your pet will be covered. The last thing you want as a kitten owner is for it not to be able to receive the medical it needs in dire situations. Taking out a pet insurance helps cover majority of the costs if these events occur.

Whether or not you take out a pet insurance is solely your decision. We can assist you with finding a reliable company to insure your kitten at a cost you can afford. This will make the new kitten experience even better as the weight of potential medical fees can be lifted off of your shoulders. The cost of insurance policies will be dependant on the coverage and other factors regarding your pet’s health. Contact us to discuss available policies and which option is the best for you.