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What to Expect When You Bring a New Kitten Home

kitten careBringing a new kitten home is an exciting time. It’s fun to add a new animal to your family and kittens can be the source of a lot of amusement. A kitten needs time and care to adjust to a new home. If you take steps to care for your kitten properly, you will have a loving pet for years to come.

It’s important to schedule a veterinarian visit right away. You should set something up within the first few days of the kitten’s arrival. New pets need protection against diseases and health problems. A veterinarian can advise you on steps that will keep your pet healthy for a lifetime.

You should talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet. There are large numbers of homeless cats and dogs and you don’t want your pet to contribute to the problem. Cats breed quickly and often so spaying or neutering is essential. Spaying also helps prevent certain kinds of cancer in female cats, so you’ll want to protect your animal as much as possible. Neutering will prevent your male cat from spraying. The operations are simple procedures that your veterinarian can perform on an outpatient basis. Kittens can be spayed or neutered at an early age, but your veterinarian can recommend the best time based on your kitten’s health and history.

Another important part of a veterinarian visit is vaccinations. Your veterinarian will recommend several vaccinations that are done on a schedule. You’ll need to visit the veterinarian so that your kitten gets all the shots it needs to stay healthy. Vaccinations prevent many common diseases that can make animals seriously ill.

Introduce your kitten to your home slowly. If you have a large home it’s a good idea to confine the kitten to one room and then slowly allow it to roam through additional rooms. This way, the kitten won’t get overwhelmed or frightened. The kitten will be very playful so get some simple toys for the kitten to bat or chase. Most pet stores have inexpensive kitten toys that will keep your new pet busy.