Tag: new kitten
In most of the America, it is incredibly hot right now. Those without air may notice their new kitten panting or refusing to move from cool areas such as the bathroom or basements. And those who allow their new kitten to roam outside may have noticed the fur ball staying in shaded areas or even in crawl spaces. If you’re hot, think about how your new kitten feels with a fur coat!
When the temperatures are hot outside, like they are now, it’s important to pay attention to the behavior of your new kitten. Felines can suffer from dehydration and heat stroke.
Some signs to watch out for:
-Anxiety. Anxious cats may pace or cannot seem to get comfortable.
-Respiratory distress or hyperventilation )
-Dark red gums
-Increased internal body temperature. Cat’s temperature is between 100.5° and 101.5° F. Anything above 104° is a cause for worry.
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Adopting a kitten is an exciting time, but it’s also a time to make many important decisions. We recently wrote a blog about how to determine if your new kitten will eat wet or dry food. Once you’ve determined what type of food your new kitten will eat, you need to determine a healthy, regularly eating schedule and decide how much you will feed your feline.
As with humans, feeding your new kitten too much can lead to a variety of health issues. Overweight felines generally live shorter lives and experience health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cystitis.
Your new kitten’s feeding schedule should adjust as she grows older.
6 weeks old: Feed your new kitten at least four small meals each day.
12 weeks: Gradually lessen how frequently you feed your new kitten, while increasing the amount she is … Read More »
Adopting a new kitten can be a very exciting time. And for many people – the smaller the kitten is, the better. As our new kitten grows up, we often think – If only they could stay this small forever.
There is conflicting information about when it is safe to take your new kitten from her mother. Some experts say 6 weeks, some say 8 weeks and others say as old as 12 weeks. The reality is – it’s really dependent on the specific kitten. While the feline may be able to survive without her mother as early as 6 weeks, it is probably a good idea to wait a bit longer.
Before taking your new kitten from her mother, here are some things to consider:
A mother cat will help your new kitten learn to socialize. Spending time with the mother … Read More »
After you’ve adopted a new kitten, it’s a good idea to continue feeding her the same food that the shelter and store had been giving her. However, the older your new kitten gets – the more you need to consider what adult food she will eat.
There are numerous brands and flavors to select from. Some cats are more picky than others, so be sure to be patient with your new kitten when finalizing your decision. Be aware that cheaper foods tend to have low-quality ingredients in them. First you need to decide if you will feed your new kitten wet food, dry food or a combination of the two.
-It tends to be less expensive than wet food.
-It can decrease the deposits on your new kitten’s teeth. This is good because teeth deposits can cause … Read More »
Because I already had a cat in my house, I thought that I was pretty well prepared for a new kitten. I quickly learned that the needs of my 13-year-old feline friend are drastically different than that of the three month old kitten I was bringing home.
Get the basics
Already having a cat helped this a bit; however, there were a few items I needed specifically for the new kitten. My new kitten friend, Dixie, needed different food, her own eating dish and tons of toys.
Kittens require food designed specifically for them. Kitten food is high in protein, helping with the kitten’s growth. Luckily, the shelter that I adopted my new kitten from gave me a ziplock bag of dry food and some cans of wet food.
Also, kittens want to play with anything they can get their paws on. Because … Read More »
Get the basics
Stock up on basic items your new kitten will need. Check with the shelter or pet shop where you purchased your new kitten friend to see what supplies they have been using for the kitten. For a smoother transition, use the same food and litter that the kitten is used to. Changing litter can cause your new kitten to be confused and new food may make the feline sick. Make sure you get plenty of toys, food and water dishes and a litter pan. Other things you may want to purchase for your new kitten include scratching posts, beds and kitty treats.
Designate a Spot for your New … Read More »
After adopting a new kitten, most pet owners want to do everything they can to make their furry feline happy. So when your adorable new kitten starts sniffing at the door, many cat owners don’t think twice about letting the kitten outside to explore. It’ll make him happy to explore the outdoors – some may think. While going outdoors probably will make your feline friend happy, it may be better to keep your kitty inside. Here are some things to consider before letting your new kitten outdoors.
Statistics show that indoor cats live longer than those allowed outside. While the average lifespan of an indoor cat is about 14 years, an outdoor cat, on average, is only 4 years.
The outdoors is filled with scary things for your new kitten. Animals with diseases may come in to contact with your cat. … Read More »
Adopting a kitten is very exciting event. Watching the little fuzz ball run around, playing with toys and getting in to everything –what’s cuter? Within all of the excitement, it’s important to be realistic about the responsibilities of adopting a kitten. Before making the commitment, here are some important questions you need to consider.
Why are you adopting a kitten?
It’s important to ask yourself this simple question and make sure you are adopting for the right reasons.
If you are adopting a kitten simply because you saw a cute one while walking through the mall’s pet shop – you should probably put some more thought and hold off on the impulsive adoption.
Some people think that adopting a kitten is a great way to replace a cat that recently passed away. While the loss of a pet is sad, getting a new kitten … Read More »