New Kitten Crash Course
A new kitten can be very exciting, but you must prepare by making your house kitten proof
, getting supplies and preparing
the arrival of your kitten.
Preparing for a New Kitten
I have been browsing through your web page for the past hour or so...it is been a wonderful introduction to the world of kitty cats. Thank you!!! I have never had a pet cat before, and I know very little about the "basics" of cat care...Nevertheless, I would really like to rescue a kitten from the local animal shelter....Can you take me through a crash-course on
the fundamental details? Jenni
How very wonderful of you to rescue a little kitten from the
shelter! Your new friend will make a wonderful addition to your
home for years to come.
Ok, so what to do? First thing is to prepare for your
kitten's arrival. Below are some items you will need to
ensure your kitten's health and safety. Make sure also, that
you take your kitten to the vet as soon as you get him so that
he/she can be checked out and be given his shots.
- Kitten-proof your home in the same you child-proof it, keep bad stuff away and do not let the kitten get into places where there are things it should not play
- Do not feed kitty anything other than his kitten food. As you know from reading the indigestion page, kittens tend to get loose stools if they ingest people food.
- Do not give kitty full run of the house until you are
comfortable that he/she is adjusting well and is using the litter
- Make it a point to play with the kitten. Try a cat teaser or just roll up pieces of paper and throw them around the house (your kitten will love to chase them).
- Have plenty of love and patience.
The little one will bring you much joy, cherish him. - Simba
KMR Kitten Milk Replacer
Thanks for a wonderful website. I have been all over the internet looking for info and yours is the
best!!Our cat just had kittens and We have never been through
this experience. I have a few questions I could not seem to
find in your previous letters from people.
Do we need to provide any type of litter care for the kittens. I
read that the mother takes care of this for the first few weeks.
Does this mean she disposes of their waste?
My other question is about coloring. The mother is pure black and
the father is a longhair grey with white stripes. The kittens (3)
were black with gray stripes and two pure white. Will the white
ones stay white or will they change? --- Sandy
Thank you for your kind words.
Your first question about litter. You should supply litter for the mother to dispose of her own and
of her kitten's waste. Remember that at their age, kittens
will produce small, tootsie roll-sized poops. So do not worry too
much about a mess.
As for the color of the white kittens. Certain breeds of cats,
such as Honey Bears are known to change fur color as they age.
These cats are born covered with many perfect stripes that later
lighten. These cats change color as they age, and stripes will
either break into spots, get blotchy or shade out to the
cats' dominant color. The stripes may remain near the legs,
tail and head. A dark stripe along the cats back and tail is
normal, but will fade with age. Other cats that change color as
they age are the Siamese and Burmese. With these breeds, the
facial mask spreads over the face and darkens with age. So will
your white kitten change in color, it depends, but probably not.
Kitten Proof Your Home
I have recently purchased an adorable kitty.
There are many tight areas in my house where my kitten can sneak into. I can never
find her and I am always scared that she will get stuck.
What can I do to prevent her from getting into all those tight
If you are concerned for her safety, you may want to consider
keeping her in a safe room when you are away so as to prevent her
from getting into trouble.
It also seems you have a cat-proofing issue. As you know, cats
are inquisitive and curious. They can also jump onto shelves,
counters and table tops. They also love to get into trouble. Below is a list of steps to take in Cat-Proofing your home:
- Cords, Windows Cats enjoy batting around cords from
hanging blinds. The danger is that they get tangled up and choke.
Be sure to either anchor the cords or tie them up out of
- Decorations / Jewelry Do not leave fragile items
(vases, glasses) or jewelry (earrings, chains) sitting on the
coffee table or counters accessible to your feline friend. Best
case you make a sacrifice to your new kitty's exploration.
Worst Case, kitty swallows a sharp object and hurts himself
- Garage Unless it is a living area, the garage should
be a 'Cat-Free Zone'. Garages usually contain too many
poisonous/hazardous materials. Anti-freeze is particularly deadly and is doubly dangerous because of its sweet taste. Clean up any
spilled anti-freeze and the keep garage floor thoroughly washed
if your cat has access to it.
- Home Electronics Electrical cords are a hazard to
cats, as they love to chew and play with them. Consider buying
cord management systems or instead tape cords together and then
fasten them out of reach. The same goes for phone cords.
- Home Office Rubber bands, paper clips, thumb tacks,
broken balloons, Christmas tree
tinsel and other small articles irresistible to cats. Simba's
rule is that you put away anything you would not want a toddler
to get his hands on.
- Kitchen / Bathroom Kitchen cabinets are another danger
zone. Be sure to place child-safety bands on cabinets where you
keep bleach, detergent, cleaning supplies or personal hygiene
products including dental floss.
Cats love comfy environment and cabinets provide that. Be sure
they relax in safe places only!
- Laundry Room Clothes dryers are especially dangerous
for Cats & Kittens. Cat love to snuggle up in warm places.
Because of that, be sure to always close your clothes dryer doors
so as to keep your furry friends out.
- Living Room Kittens love to climb furniture and
drapes. You might want to consider covering cloth furniture with
a cover, blanket or bedspread.
- Poisons Be sure to remove any ant/roach traps from
places where kitty may find them. Cats love to chew and play with
things and a roach motel can deliver a dangerous dose to your
cat. Scour your yard and remove any ant stakes or snail bait. See
Common Dangers for more information on
- Safe Haven Be sure to have a "safe haven"within your home when you first get your new cat. Stock this room with food, a litter
box, toys, scratching post and a bed. This will give your friend
a chance to acclimate to your home and you some time to cat-proof
I hope this helps! Be sure to check out more safety tips at Cat Proof page
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