Get your kitten acquainted with its new home and surroundings. Make sure your kitten knows where he or she is supposed to sleep, eat and eliminate. Your kitten may be overwhelmed in the beginning because it's not used to your home. Just give him or her a time to settle in. If you have small children in your home, make sure they know that your kitten is not a new toy. Provide your cat with toys that he can pretend to hunt or capture prey, as well as a scratching post, so he doesn’t scratch your furniture.
When you have welcomed a new kitten into your home, you anticipate lots of fun. While this may be true, it’s also important to introduce healthy kitten care habits from the beginning. Create a loving environment for your pet and make sure you find a veterinarian that will put your kitten first.
Many veterinarians believe that spaying or neutering helps in the overpopulation of cats. Neutering also makes most male cats friendlier and easy to live with. Spayed females are more relaxed than cats that are not spayed. Another benefit of spaying and neutering is that it minimizes the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs and mammary glands in female cats.
Geriatric cat care
Make sure your cat gets the best care from kitten age to aging cat years.
Spaying or neutering
When you start your kitten off with the best pet health, you are giving them a greater chance when they become an older cat. Most cats are considered geriatric between the ages of 8 to 10. Good nutrition, regular exercise, scheduled veterinarian appointments are all important factors in keeping your cat healthy. As your cat ages, changes will occur in their metabolism. If you pay attention to your cat’s behavior, you will detect problems easier.
Spaying- involves removing the uterus and ovaries from your female cat, usually between 4 - 6 months of age. This is a major surgical procedure and is performed under anesthesia. Your cat is usually kept overnight, and recovery usually takes about 10 days.
Neutering- is also done under anesthesia and your male cat’s testicles are removed. The small wound takes about a week to heal. The process is less complicated than spaying and is performed on a “day surgery” basis when your cat is between 4 -12 months old.
You should make an appointment for your kitten to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. You can expect the following at the first pet visit:
• Thorough physical examination
• Check for parasites and internal parasites
• Initial vaccination and / or discussion about vaccinations your kitten needs
• Consultation about whether your kitten should be spayed / neutered
Intolerance to hot and cold temperatures
Tooth loss or decay
Skin or coat problems
Frequent colds and infections
Decreased sense of smell
Check your cat’s mouth, eyes and ears regularly. Watch for loose teeth, redness, swelling or discharge.
Keep your pet’s sleeping area clean and warm.
Groom your pet often. You’ll detect any unusual sores or lumps and keep his coat healthy.
Make fresh water available at all times
Maintain a regime of proper nutrition, exercise and loving attention.