"How to Care for Your Kitten"

Written by NS Kennedy

Caring for a kitten is a lot of work. With her high energy and intense curiosity and sense of adventure, raising a kitten will keep you on your toes. Careful attention duringrepparttar first year of life will set a strong foundation for a long, loving relationship with your cat.

Kittens aged 8-12 weeks need four meals a day, 3-6 months three meals, and kittens over 6 months old, two meals.

Followrepparttar 139708 guidelines onrepparttar 139709 food packaging as to how much to provide in each feeding. Give your kitten both moist and dry food, so she is less likely to become a finicky eater later. When you offer moist food, be sure to pick it up after about 30 minutes. Cats love moist food, but if you let them eat it at their leisure, they will become "lazy" eaters. Limitrepparttar 139710 availability ofrepparttar 139711 good stuff, and your kitten will learn to "get it whilerepparttar 139712 getting is good." It is a good idea to leave dry food out all day so she can snack on it as she pleases. It is vital that your kitten learn to eat dry kibble, asrepparttar 139713 crunchy food helps keep her teeth and gums healthy.

Your kitten will likely spend a lot of time licking her fur, so you won't need to bathe her. Both she and you will benefit from regular brushing sessions, however. Time spent grooming your kitten gets her used to handling and lets you monitor her health and development. Many kittens are afraid of a brush at first, or think it are a toy. If you are patient and loving, you can teach your young cat to enjoyrepparttar 139714 soothing sensation of being brushed. Cats often mutually groom each other, so by brushing her you are expressing your "love" to her.

While you groom your cat, begin getting her used to having her ears, eyes, mouth and paws handled. Move your hands over her body, restraining her from time to time as you touch and manipulate different body parts. At first you may only be able to touch her lip, but over a period of days and weeks you should be able to lift her lip and touch her gums. When you handle her paws, gently squeeze her toes to extend her claws. Thisrepparttar 139715 technique you will use later to trim her claws, andrepparttar 139716 sooner you begin getting her used to itrepparttar 139717 less traumatic it will be for both of you.


Written by NS Kennedy

If you are thinking of adding a feline to your family, consider adopting a cat from your local animal shelter or humane society. The animals have been carefully screened for adoptability and have usually been worked with to enhance sociability.

Unfortunately, many people think that only "bad" animals wind up in shelters. Actually,repparttar opposite is true. People relinquish their pets to shelters when they are no longer able to care for them. Sometimes this is becauserepparttar 139707 owner was unprepared forrepparttar 139708 responsibility that comes with caring for a pet.

If there is no indication of 'reason for surrender' onrepparttar 139709 cage atrepparttar 139710 shelter ask - a cat that has been given up because of bad behaviour may not berepparttar 139711 best choice - no matter how cute she is.

Often, however, caring owners struggling with life-changes or trying to cope with family tragedy realize their pet would be better off with someone else. They bring them torepparttar 139712 shelter because they knowrepparttar 139713 animal will be well-cared for and placed in an excellent home.

Shelter staff carefully evaluates each animal for physical and behavioral soundness. They make note of quirks, and work with specialists to eliminate negative behaviors. Most shelters have adoption counselors who interview potential adopters to understand their needs and lifestyle so they can makerepparttar 139714 perfect match.

Your first contact with a shelter cat will probably be when she is in her cage. Don't be put off if she ignores you completely. Keep in mind that many new people pass by her cage each day, and she has to cope with allrepparttar 139715 noise and stress that accompanies that. A shelter worker can arrange for you to meetrepparttar 139716 cat in a quiet room. Again, she may not pay much attention to you, but watch how she acts towardsrepparttar 139717 staff person. This is who she is more comfortable with. While you observerepparttar 139718 cat, talk withrepparttar 139719 staff member and learn all you can aboutrepparttar 139720 cat's likes and dislikes.

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