The start of any new relationship can be tricky, read our New Kitten Guide to help you through it!
Know your kitten
- Before taking your kitten home for the first time make sure you know what socialisation plan she has followed.
- From around 8 weeks old kittens should have started to be litter trained, had their first vaccinations and been positively introduced to new people and places.
Toys and accessories
- Cats love to play. It helps hone their hunting skills and is a fantastic way of bonding with your VIP.
- Invest in some toys to create a stimulating environment when you are not around.
- Scratching posts and places to climb are also important for your kitten’s development and well-being.
- Cats like consistency. It makes them feel safe and confident.
- Keep them on the same food and don’t move their litter tray or food or water bowls.
- Introduce new things gradually and reward good behaviour.
- If your kitten is naughty don’t shout or admonish. Cats can get stressed quickly. Simply ignore bad behaviour and your kitten will get the message.
Vaccinations and Neutering
- Around 12 weeks into their lives kittens will need their second round of vaccinations.
- You should also talk to your vet about worming and neutering. Cats that have been neutered generally lead longer and happier lives.
Find a good vet
- Go and visit your vet early to meet and greet and make sure your kitten has a positive experience.
- Book in your kitten vaccinations and arrange treatment for fleas and worms.
- Also ask about neutering at the correct age.
You are what you eat
- Source a good quality kitten food with a quality source of protein and avoid colourings flavourings and preservatives where you can.
- A poor diet can be reflected in your kittens coat condition and digestive function.
- Make sure you have lots of kitten friendly toys to keep your kitten entertained, and a scratching post is also useful.
- Cats will learn all their lives but especially so in their first year.
- Keep socialising and playing with your VIP.
- Building trust is essential in ensuring your cats continued well-being. Make sure you talk to your vet about changing dietary needs and any health issues.