The arrival of a kitten in your life can be a joyful moment. You want to be sure that you’re doing everything that you can for her long-term health.so here are some useful tips on how to raise a kitten which can help you both in your new life together.
As a Kitten
Be prepared for your kitten’s arrival at home: cat-proofing your house is important to avoid potential dangers.
- • Make sure all poisonous materials (e.g. laundry detergents, cleaning products and disinfectants, pesticides, medications, etc.) are safely stored.
- • Be aware that some common plants can be poisonous (e.g. Amaryllis, azalea, cyclamen, iris, oleander, narcissus, lilies are highly toxic to cats )
- • Keep cablesany electric cables as short as possible to keep your cat from playing with them or chewing on them
- • Check your washing machine or tumble dryer before staring it: cats enjoy snuggling in warm and soft places
Become familiar with your kitten’s actions and behaviours when in standard health: this will allow you to notice any changes that might signal illness or injury.
Your basic health check list should be:
- • Eyes should be clear and bright, free of tearing and heavy discharge
- • Ears should be light pink, clean and free of discharge and odour
- • Mouth should havepink, healthy gumswithout redness and swelling
The Right Diet
Kittens are completely weaned and ready to enter their new homes when they are between seven and nine weeks of age.They grow very rapidly for the first five to six months and their immune system will not yet be fully developed.
Due to the challenges of the growth period, kittens have different nutritional requirements compared to adult cats: they need more energy, more protein for growth and more vitamins and minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus for bone development), as well asspecial omega 3 essential fatty acids (such as DHA) for brain and vision development. For this reason, it is very important to feed your kitten with the right food. Only pet foods developed for kittens covering all their special nutritional needs should be considered.
Be aware that puppy food is not adapted to kittens for several reasons; for example,insufficient levels of protein and of the amino acid taurine can result in impaired vision if not supplied in a kitten’s diet..
Both PRO PLAN Junior (dry diet) and Nutrisavour Junior (wet diet) meet the special nutritional needs of your kitten, supporting her healthy growth and development.Additionally PRO PLAN Junior (dry diet) contains OPTISTART® with colostrum, proven to reinforce kittens’ natural defences.
Bonding with your Pet
Having some playtime with your kitten is not only fun for both of you, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to bond with your kitten. Additionally by running to chase a ping-pong ball, a mouse toy or squeaky toys, your kitten will have some physical exercise -, a key element in your cat’s life in order to stay fit and in good health.
Grooming should be an essential part of your kitten’s life. If your kitten learns while still very young it will become accustomed to it and the process will become easier with maturity. Regular grooming (twice a week) is recommended – especially for longhaired cats – to control shedding to get rid of dead fur and, helping prevent hairballs. Moreover, grooming can be an enjoyable moment for you and your kitten, strengthening the bonding between the two of you.
With loving care and attention, proper veterinary care and the right nutrition you can give your new kitten everything it needs to grow into a healthy and happy cat.