Your New Kitten

Vaccinations

Your new kitten needs its first set of vaccinations around 6 to 8 weeks of age, followed by further vaccinations after another 4 weeks, and then a booster again in 4 weeks time. Each year the cat must have a booster shot.

Worming

Kittens need to be wormed every two weeks from 8 through to 12 weeks of age, then every three months for the rest of their lives.

Feeding

Kittens need to be fed 3 to 5 times daily with small amounts of nutritionally complete commercial kitten food.

Milk

Do not give your kitten (or cat, or dog) milk, most cat's are lactose intolerant and this will cause diarrhoea.

Initial Confinement

Young kittens are better confined to one room of the house for a few days until they settle in. (This is also true if you move. Your cat will need up to six weeks inside to get used to the new surroundings.) When you first let your cat out, make sure you keep an eye on it the first few times. It is also a good idea to let the cat investigate his/her surroundings while on a lead.

Outside Access

Do not let your kitten outside until the initial vaccination period has elapsed. It can then be let out for short supervised periods.

Sleeping

All kittens should be given a warm, cosy and safe sleeping area inside the house. Kittens and cats outside at night are at high risk of injury or death.

Litter Trays

Kittens will use a litter tray, this is easily trained by taking the cat to its tray immediately after a meal or when it wakes up.

Playtime

Kittens were born to play, they should be given a variety of suitable toys to play with. Also provide scratch posts. This will help to avoid other problems like scratching furniture.

Identification

All kittens should be wearing identification at an early age in case they get lost. (See cat laws and regulations). All cats and kittens should also be microchipped.

 

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