What to Know About Bringing Home a New Kitten

Bringing a kitten into your home is an exciting and rewarding moment. Before adding this furry friend to your life, it can be wise to pause and prepare your family and your home with the help of your veterinarian. Taking all of the necessary precautions will help ensure a smooth transition for both the kitten and your family.

Cute Kitten Prepare Your Household

Kittens should steer clear of most anything hanging or swinging to avoid getting tangled, or worse, choked. Yet these same objects are often the most intriguing to the feline mind. So take a moment to kitten-proof your home. Make sure to remove access to, or anchor, any materials like blinds or curtains to avoid such an emergency. It is also important to remove access to electrical cords and wires, since kittens may well try to chew on them. Kitten-proofing your home is similar to baby-proofing and is necessary to guarantee pet wellness.

Schedule a Visit to the Vet

You should take your kitten to the vet within a few days of his or her arrival. Your kitten will need a pediatric veterinary exam for good measure and many breeders will require a post-purchase exam within the first few days anyway. Depending on your kitten’s age, your pet may also need any of several vaccines and perhaps a deworming or intestinal parasite test. Starting at about eight weeks, your kitten can get spayed or neutered. Many veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering at or before six months of age. Spaying or neutering your kitten is very i mportant, as it prevents mammary, uterine, and ovarian cancers in female cats and prostate cancer in male cats. In addition to these health benefits, it also helps minimize certain potentially objectionable behaviors and limits cat overpopulation.

Help Your Kitten Adjust to Family Members and Other Pets

Your family is going to be eager to hold and play with the kitten, but they must remember to be gentle. Kids under the age of five should probably handle kittens only under close supervision, as they tend to be rougher than they realize. Kittens should be slowly introduced to older pets over the course of a few days, making sure all the pets, both old and new, feel loved and have access to their own secure space.

If you’re adding a new feline to your family soon, contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 239-1309 to schedule a no-charge check-up appointment for your kitten. We provide outstanding veterinary care for animal companions in the north Dallas area.

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