New Kitten Fact Sheet - Cats Welfare Tenerife

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New Kitten Fact Sheet
On Kittens are growth machines for their first year and need different nutrition than adult cats. Extra
protein for muscle and tissue development, fat for fatty acids and plenty of calories are key to kittens'
health. We recommend Royal Canin Kitten biscuits for the first year of life, they are available from all
good pet shops. They are specially formulated to a high standard and will give your kitten all the
nutrition it requires. We however realise that they can be expensive so if the price is prohibitive there
are other cheaper makes available. Please under no circumstances feed your kitten/cat cows milk as it
can upset their stomachs. If you want them to have milk please buy the specialist cat milk from pet
shops but in normal circumstances fresh clean water is sufficient and should be available at all times. A
kitten will need a number of small meals throughout the day (around 4 or 5). It is better to feed little
and often as they have tiny tummies but need food as fuel to help them grow strong. It is very unusual
for a kitten or cat to overeat so within reason feed on demand when they are tiny and slowly reduce to
twice a day when fully grown.
Away from his littermates or mother, the kitten needs to feel secure as well as warm. Whether you
provide a cardboard box lined with a blanket or a fancier bed from a pet shop, keep your kitten's bed in
a quiet place, away from household traffic.
Litter training is easy -- cats instinctively bury their waste -- but takes patience. Put the litter box in a
corner or other secluded spot. After your kitten has awakened from a nap, or shortly after she's finished
eating, place her in the box. If she doesn't dig or scratch, gently take one of her front paws and simulate
digging with it. Praise her if she uses the box, but never punish her if he doesn't. Just place her in it at
hourly intervals until she gets the idea.
To discourage clawing furniture, provide a carpet-covered scratching post.
Children need to be told that the kitten is not a toy it is a living being. They need to be shown how to
hold a cat -- with one hand just behind the front legs, the other supporting his hindquarters. They
should be taught never to grab a kitten's tail or ears, or pick it up by its scruff. Show children how to
gently pet a cat's head and back. Remind them to always wash their hands after being around kitty.
Always supervise children's interaction with kittens, especially if they have friends visiting.
Kittens can get tangled or choked by anything swinging or hanging. Therefore, keep your new pet safe
by securely anchoring curtain or blind cords out of reach.
To prevent chewing on electric and phone cords, bundle them with a cord manager and fasten away
from kittens' reach.
Rubber bands, jewellery, Christmas decorations, balloons and other small items are dangerous to
kittens that may swallow them. Remove poisonous plants, and cockroach or ant traps and make sure the
toilet lid is down to prevent drowning Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets closed so your kitten
doesn't encounter bleach, detergent, dental floss and other household items when exploring.
In the laundry area, keep washer and dryer doors closed: A kitten may climb into a warm dryer for a
nap. Remember, if something would be harmful for a toddler, it's the same for your kitten
Never leave a dog alone with a new kitten. Dogs can become aggressive, or a kitten may claw at a
dog's face. Make sure your dog is properly leashed as you introduce him or her to your kitten following
the same procedure you would to introduce a cat to your kitten. This lets the animals learn each other's
scent. The kitten should not be allowed to run away because the dog may think chasing it is a game.
Reward both pets for calm behaviour. Always supervise their interactions until the kitten is fully grown.
Spaying protects your female kitten from the risk of mammary, uterine and ovarian cancers, and spares
her the stresses of pregnancy. Neutering a male reduces his risk of prostate cancer, and he won't "spray"
to mark his territory. Because the urine of intact males literally stinks, neutering your kitten will make
the litter box cleanup less of a chore. Spaying or neutering also helps reduce the problem of cat
overpopulation. At around 3to 4 months of age please contact us to arrange the spaying or neutering.
We can arrange for this to be done at a very good price much cheaper than going to a vet to have it
done privately. We can also arrange for their injections and microchip at the same time.
A kitten left home alone should be safely secured in one room with his bed, litter box, scratching post,
food and water. This is particularly important for the first few weeks in their new home while the
kitten gets to know its environment.

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