20 Feb Have you welcomed a kitten into your home?
Kittens make affectionate and playful pets, but it is important to have a good understanding of their needs when welcoming one into your home. Knowing how to care for your new kitten is important, read on and find out what you can do to give your kitten the best start in life. Bringing a kitten home is exciting and a bit scary. So, we have gathered some kitten care information to help you care for your kitten.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE BRINGING YOUR KITTEN HOME
In your kitten’s first 8 weeks of life, they should:
- have been vaccinated at 6 to 8 weeks
- have started litter box training
- have started socialising.
Be prepared for your kitten’s arrival at home by:
- creating a space to play as well as resting and hiding places
- buying cat essentials like toys, a scratching post, litter tray and food/water bowls
- cat-proofing your home and removing any potential hazards.
If you haven’t done these things, we recommend that you do, as soon as you can.
THINGS TO DO AFTER BRINGING YOUR KITTEN HOME
This is an important time for your kitten, continue socialising your kitten through positive experiences like:
- introducing them to other pets who are healthy and fully vaccinated
- getting them used to being handled
- establishing a consistent routine.
YOUR KITTENS VACCINATION SCHEDULE
First vaccination – 6 to 8 weeks
Second vaccination – 10 to 12 weeks
Third vaccination – 14 to 16 weeks
Don’t forget adult cats require annual booster vaccinations. Booster vaccinations are given one year after your cat’s third vaccination.
Also, your kitten can be safely desexed from 16 weeks of age and don’t forget to microchip and register your new kitten with your local Council.