If you’ve recently adopted a new kitten, there are a few important
things that you should do as soon as possible to make sure your kitten
is healthy and happy. First step: Take him or her to a veterinary clinic or
animal hospital as soon as possible for a health checkup, vaccinations and to be spayed
or neutered. Find more tips for caring for your kitten below.
Litter Box Training Your Kitten
Before you bring your new kitten home for the first time, buy a litter
box that is big enough for your kitten to walk around in, and place it
in a quiet, easy-to-access part of the house. When you bring your new
kitten home, immediately place it in the litter box. This should be the
first experience your kitten has. Most kittens instinctively understand
how to use a litter box at around four weeks old.
Socializing Your Kitten
Once your kitten reaches a certain age and has received all age-appropriate
vaccinations, he or she can begin to learn how to socialize with other
people and animals. If you are introducing your kitten to an animal that
is larger or more dangerous than the kitten, do so in a very controlled
environment that allows your kitten plenty of escape routes should he
or she become scared. You should also be prepared to quickly and safely
break up any fights that may occur.
Getting Veterinary Care
You should carefully heed your veterinarian’s advice about which
vaccinations should be administered, and when. You should also get your kitten
spayed or neutered by the age of six months or so. Even if you think that your kitten wouldn’t
ever encounter another cat that wasn’t spayed or neutered, spaying
or neutering it is much better for cats’ overall health.
If you are looking for a
veterinary clinic in the north Dallas area for your new kitten, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’ve
been providing comprehensive animal care to the community for more than
20 years, and offer services such as pet grooming, pet boarding, teeth
cleaning, a spay and neuter clinic, and emergency vet services. Visit
our website, or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972)
529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) for more information.