Taking care of your kitten is going to take more than just cuddling with that tiny ball of fur for hours on end listening to them purr in your arms. Your new bundle of fluff is going to need a little more care than this. If you aren't sure how to care for a kitten, read on for tips to help you take good care of your new addition so they live a long and healthy life with you.
Take Your Kitten To The Veterinarian
Your kitten needs to be seen by the veterinarian for a checkup and for any necessary vaccinations. Even if your kitten will be an indoor pet, your kitten needs to be vaccinated just in case and to help protect them from diseases as well as protect you from illnesses. Take your kitten to the veterinarian and talk about other care tips such as having their claws removed, or having them neutered or spayed and when these things are able to take place.
Feed Them Properly
Kittens need to be fed properly. Young kittens can be given milk and should be given soft food. As your kitten ages, you can begin to give water and solid cat food if you prefer, or you can stick with moist cat food. If you aren't sure what or how much to feed your kitten, ask your veterinarian.
Bathe Your Kitten
Your kitten will bathe themself by licking, but your kitten should also be bathed by you. If you don't think you can handle this yourself, as most kittens don't like water, you can take your kitten to the groomer or to the veterinarian office to be bathed. Over time, your kitten's fur can mat or may begin to smell, which is why bathing your kitten is a good idea. Don't bathe your kitten too often, or you could end up drying out their skin.
Keep Nails Trimmed
If you prefer to keep your kitten's claws intact, you need to have them trimmed often. You can do this by trimming the nails with a nail trimmer, but a scratching post can also help with this as well. It can also save your furniture and other furnishings from being scratched up as well. You can find scratching posts at your local pet supply store.
If you have a kitten, you need to care for them properly. Give them attention and love, but also feed, bathe, and groom your kitten. Take your kitten to the veterinarian for regular checkups and for any necessary vaccinations. Talk with a professional about other pet care tips.