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Kitten Checklist: Getting off to a Great Start

 

Cleaning Supplies

 

If there is one thing you want on hand BEFORE it becomes a necessity, it’s cleaning supplies. Cats are generally fastidious, but they can get sick or make messes just like everyone else.

 

There are plenty of cleaning supplies on the market depending on your flooring and your preferences. Choose a product labeled "pet safe" to ensure the product is non toxic when ingested. Enzymatic cleaners, which specifically break down proteins such as the ones found in urine, are very helpful for those house training and spraying incidents.

 

Cat Collars, Leashes and Carriers

 

Cats can be trained to walk outside on a leash and harness; many find this a wonderful way to explore the outdoors in a safe manner. Use a cat harness designated for this purpose. The collar can hold ID tags but should not be attached to a leash. In most cases, a harness or a collar that expands is the safest for inquisitive cats to prevent accidental stangulation.

 

Don’t forget a solid, comfortable cat carrier, too. Your kitten will spend a good deal of time shuttling back and forth to the vet during those first few months. Make the trip pleasant by investing in a well ventilated, easy to open and close, secure carrier with padding inside. Your cat — and your vet — will thank you.

 

Finally, and most importantly, before you bring that new kitty home, make sure you have established a relationship with a veterinarian. Your new four-legged bundle of fur will require ongoing care and advice from a veterinarian. Your kitten needs to be examined at least yearly by a vet even if it appears healthy, as many diseases are hidden and not apparent.  Remember, it is much cheaper to prevent disease than it is to treat it!

 

Happy shopping!

 

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    05/10/2013 12:47pm

    Eight weeks ago an abandoned kitty ran into our house and presented us with six kittens. As we rescue adult cats, it's been a while since I've had kittens in our home. These articles really help with reviewing kitten info :) Thanks!

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    I have a week n a half male kitten who's constipated in other words he's having a hard time going potty what should I give him ..?

Why does my cat do that?

As cats scratch most everything, cat owners may be scratching their heads – wondering what’s behind some of that and other bizarre behaviors. Test your skills on the suspected reasons why cats do what they do, according to animal behaviorists.

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  • 1. When cats scratch at glass windows, it’s because:

    • It’s a signal they need a potty break, and find the litter box unsuitable

    • They like the feel and texture of glass

    • Frustrated they can’t explore what they see and hear outside, they are “testing” the barrier

    • They’re trying to annoy you with the sound (think: nails against a blackboard)

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